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  • armerjacquino: Zampieri made major studio recordings. People who never heard her live would be able to... 9:10 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Sometimes I wish all these youtube things didn’t exist because people are making... 8:37 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: I heard it was Konwitschny’ s assistant in Hamburg during Meistersinger and then was... 8:26 AM
  • NPW-Paris: And my experience of the “candle-lit reconstructionR 21; type of Baroque opera production... 8:19 AM
  • spiderman: Are you sure about von Peter? I heared it’s Johannes Erath. 8:12 AM
  • armerjacquino: Isn’t life-long exploration of a rich, old tradition of artistic expression a longer lasting... 7:34 AM
  • armerjacquino: In my experience, most people in the arts strive towards topicality when mounting a classic... 7:33 AM
  • Krunoslav: ‘So “topicality” is one way of trying to make opera seem a little less like a quaint dusty... 7:28 AM
  • m. croche: And, to avoid misunderstanding, I should perhaps have used a word like “canon” ;... 3:52 AM


“…to a certain degree, good critics are no longer necessary to find. The phrase ‘Everybody’s a critic’ has taken on a universal cast. The internet encourages people to share their opinions with the world. In the theatre, the buzz created by chatroom chatters has become increasingly important to a show’s reputation before it opens. There are thousands of critics tapping away their opinions to whoever will listen – so who needs a paid pontificator to tell you what your opinion should be?” Stephen Sondheim rebuts Michael Kaiser and ponders the utility of Sanskrit to the librettist in excerpts from his new book Look, I Made a Hat: Collected Lyrics (1981-2011) with Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Digressions, Anecdotes and Miscellany. (Photo: Getty Images)