Cher Public

As Dorothy Parker once said to her boyfriend

“Magdalena Kozená sings Cole Porter”  Read more »

I don’t know why I’m frightened

renee-sunset“Norma non mente!”

Who is Sylvia? What is she?

Photo: Roni Griffith “Part cabaret confessional, part homage to the Great American Songbook, [Sylvia] McNair’s album chronicles her move from the classical world into newfound artistic freedom, with a dose of life’s intensity along the way. Pieces by Gershwin and Bernstein, Previn and Porter (and probably one of the most unexpected covers of ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’) paint a wry portrait of one woman’s life in music.” [Rock Paper Scissors]

Give my regards to Carthage

A semi-staging of Dido and Aeneas starring Broadway divas and frequent collaborators Kelli O’Hara and Victoria Clark seemed a screwy idea at best.

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When monarchs unite, how happy their state

Tony Award winners Kelli O’Hara (The King and I) and Victoria Clark (Gigi) will reunite onstage in a new production of the opera Dido and Aeneas.

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No you can’t

Identically-coiffed artistes Klaus Florian Vogt and Renée Fleming prove conclusively that American musical theater is not an international language.

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Le roi danse

“This summer, [Susan] Graham will cap her season in Paris by making her role debut as Anna in The King and I at the Théâtre du Châtelet (June 13-29).”

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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.

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Something happened up there, something not very nice

Emma Thompson will portray Mrs. Lovett in the New York Philharmonic’s staged production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

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… and now the worse news

A couple of tweets from Thomas Hampson detailing some grisly-sounding future projects.

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