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  • Camille: What a sweet story, Mister Christopher. Love to think of you holding that mike to the car radio recording Joan&Jack... 11:05 AM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Lovely memories. Mine began much earlier and I remember positioning the little microphone from my seriously deficient... 11:03 AM
  • kashania: With Kaufmann as her De Grieux one hopes? Since no house seems to be eager to spend their resources hiring both singers for the... 10:55 AM
  • Camille: ‘Tis the season for losing one’s chapeau, apparently, as I just left my hat somewhere yesterday and am trying to... 10:29 AM
  • Sanford: Carlo Bini in all of his glory. He just finished his aria and cabaletta and boy is he horrible. If that’s his glory,... 10:16 AM
  • Lohengrin: Fanciulla from Vienna 2013 will be released on DVD in October (Stemme, Kaufmann). 10:03 AM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Sorry, I meant this tribute: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=Nep3 W0NGQgI httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=U... 9:27 AM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=W4lt vrtb0Ek 9:23 AM

Pazzo son, guardate!

Manon Lescaut was Giacomo Puccini’s first big international success. His publisher, Giulio Ricordi, tried to put him off the project by citing Jules Massenet’s very successful adaptation just nine years previously. Puccini was intent on making the story his own, insisting, “A woman like Manon can have more than one lover… I shall feel it like an Italian, with desperate passion.” Desperation is certainly the feeling this reviewer got from a new recording of Manon Lescaut from our friends at Decca Classics, but I’m also quite certain it’s not the same type that the Maestro had for his subject. Read more »

Saxon violence

His shaved head in striking contrast to his dark beard and glinting eyes, the implacable Tartar conqueror glowers at us from the CD cover, while the uncropped photo of countertenor Xavier Sabata (above) is even more disturbing, featuring his raised fist and forearm tightly wrapped in a leather belt. Read more »

No such Gluck

Mozart tinkered with the Messiah. Mendelssohn adapted choral works by both Handel and Bach. But when Richard Wagner reached into the past and revised Gluck’s Iphigénie en Aulide, he went beyond the accepted boundaries of tinkering and more or less created a new work that’s fomented aesthetic debates ever since.   Read more »

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Panning for gold

Giacomo Puccini’s horse-opera version of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,”  La Fanciulla del West, based on David Belasco’s play, The Girl of the Golden West, enjoyed the status of a curate’s egg for quite a while.

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West coast story

I fall on my knees before this new live recording issued by the San Francisco Symphony.

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Dancing with the star

After listening to “Stella di Napoli,” her mightily impressive new CD of rare bel canto arias just released by Erato, I felt many of the old sparks reigniting.

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Past perfect

With much laying-on of fanfares and gift boxes our friends at Decca Classics have unleashed Luciano Pavarotti Edition 1: The First Decade on a weary and satiated public.

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Fairy tale

“Conduct Salome and Elektra as if they were by Mendelssohn: Fairy music.” Seriously, how often has that happened?

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Bomb squad

Vienna never really forgave Erich Wolfgang Korngold for going to work in the movies.

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New faces of 2014

Once upon a time, a man and a woman met. He could sing, she could sing. They fell in love, got married, and became a power couple to rival Billary.

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