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  • Camille: Pardon me, but is this Peter KazarAs, the former tenor who is associated with Seattle Opera, or... 10:01 PM
  • Camille: That reminds me, in the book Never sang for Hitler: The Life and Times of Lotte Lehmann, [Michael... 9:53 PM
  • DeCaffarrelli: A correction: I overlooked a passage in the Director’s Note where he mentoned the cuts... 9:45 PM
  • Camille: Yeay! Go Heidi go!!! Put these other byotches out of business! Bordeaux gets better than we do. I am... 9:36 PM
  • Camille: Very “own” version. Just like my typing. Perdona 9:34 PM
  • Camille: Jeanette singing this below was a prime gateway drug into the wonderful world of grand old opera.... 9:33 PM
  • Camille: I thought she was Brünnhildy??? She got the red wig from Debbie ‘n everything̷... 9:27 PM
  • Camille: London Bridges— 9:25 PM
  • Camille: Yeay and thanks much! I don’t care how cute he is, I still want Filianoti. I am standing by... 9:19 PM
  • Camille: I wish Seattle Opera would allow us that marvelous Rusalka from October 1990 with Big Ben and Renée... 9:16 PM

Habit, forming

I’ve always had a fondness for Giacomo Puccini’s Suor Angelica and apparently so did he, since he often referred to it as “among the finest of my children.”  Not only does it boast an excellent libretto by Giovacchino Forzano but the superior craftsmanship of the composer in his later years leads to an abundance of melody and some very individual orchestral writing.   Read more »

Meadow festival

Beneath the pageantry, the paeans to German art and the self-referential allusions to the creative process, Die Meistersinger is a story about a community and human qualities like love, friendship, envy and hatred. One can get absorbed in Wagner’s multilayered portrait of medieval Protestant life or just connect with the straightforward narrative about two young lovers and the older man trying to help them. Read more »

Le jazz tiède

The crossover album: a hint that that an artist has either exhausted all the repertory at her command and owes her record label a new release or that her waning vocal resources really shouldn’t be taxed much further than an octave. I’m sure we all have our favorite party discs of beloved divas slumming Broadway, Tin Pan Alley, or worse.   Read more »

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Appearing nightly

I suspect most New York City opera-lovers had long since given up hope that the fascinating soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci would ever return to their city.

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The music lovers

The curious things about accepted wisdom is that sometimes it’s correct.

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Drama queen

Say what you will about Naxos, but this company has created a sizeable number of recordings of works on the periphery of the standard repertory and have managed to document quite a few interesting singers in the bargain-and at bargain prices.

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Fan service

It’s hard to come up with any sensible reason to dislike Joyce DiDonato.

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Piotr, principally

Vanity project or not, these albums present a sensitive and talented artist showing off two little-seen sides of himself.

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To the hilt

Marek Janowski’s second recorded Ring cycle began on an off note, with a Rheingold that was fleet and lucid but failed to impress in the important musical moments.

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Doing it again

The 19th century could not cope with Così fan tutte, ossia La scuola degli amanti (Thus Do They All, or The School for Lovers)  with a libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte and music by Mozart, first presented in Vienna in 1790.

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