Cher Public

  • Dabrowski: Co-signing this. They are both much better in the hall than on recording, but I find that especially so with Becza?a. 7:19 AM
  • armerjacquino: Twenty years from now? Aged 67? 5:09 AM
  • armerjacquino: I have no dog in this fight, but you can’t say ‘just pointing out facts’ about a post which started... 5:08 AM
  • YigeLi: The complete quotation is: Netrebko: I’m doing ‘Lohengrin’ in St. Petersburg, but after that I don’t know. I think I would love... 4:53 AM
  • guy pacifica: That’s fantastic singing — thank you for including it. 12:40 AM
  • stevey: +1 10:49 PM
  • la vociaccia: She also has her worst tuning problems when she has to sing high notes that aren’t approached stepwise. Her soprano 2... 10:44 PM
  • JackJack: I strongly disagree about the Immolation Scene. I thought it was clearly the best part of the night. Her voice had warmed up... 8:16 PM

The Met: What is to be done?

Coming as Peter Gelb did from the music industry, opera lovers hoped that he would display a more distinctive knack for casting and an improved talent pipeline than Joe Volpe offered during the waning years of his tenure.   Read more »

Mission statement

Can it be nearly a quarter-century ago that an Italian mezzo-soprano in her early twenties recorded her first recital? Classical music and the recording industry have undergone remarkable changes during the intervening years, but Cecilia Bartoli remains the same passionate iconoclast who burst onto the scene with that 1988 Rossini CD. Any new Bartoli recording has become a big event, and Mission–her just-released collection of music by Agostino Steffani–proves once again that there is no one quite like Bartoli– ever the Roman conqueror! Read more »