Cher Public

  • mrsjohnclaggart: I give her points for 1/singing BOTH verses of “Salgo gia del trono aurato” and 2/just as important... 3:38 AM
  • Cicciabella: Pirozzi has been a well-kept secret in Italy for years. She’s apparently in her early forties. Now the Anglo-Saxon... 3:35 AM
  • danpatter: She is definitely an exciting singer. I was particularly gratified by her apparent fearlessness in singing this difficult aria,... 3:24 AM
  • Rosemont: I have a vivid memory of hearing her sing “Un bel di” in recital with our local symphony in 1970. I was just a kid,... 2:53 AM
  • Cicciabella: I saw that gratuitous observation (so-called criticism) and once again I had to wonder: What’s this critic doing at the... 2:46 AM
  • Betsy_Ann_Bobolink: Sort of a musing. Not to detract in any way from Sondra Radvanovsky’ s projected hat trick of the three Tudor... 2:28 AM
  • Hans Lick: The critic is in error: Ms. Couden sings the role of Teresa not Lisa. 1:59 AM
  • fletcher: Any clues on who might sing Bénédict ? 1:49 AM

Huge

“When I left the opera house, I stumbled to the next train out of town and fell immediately asleep; when I left the afternoon broadcast, I stepped out onto the sidewalk and discovered that the sun had set while I’d been in the dark, watching. The sky’d gone all orange and blue and was seemingly cloudless, but a thin flurry of huge white flakes snowed down as if from nowhere and then, after a moment, it stopped.”

What La Cieca thinks is going to live as the definitive take on John AdamsNixon in China at the Met is sitting there, just waiting for you to read it, at Daniel Stephen Johnson.

“You will, Cieca, you will!”

le_mot_du_jour_full“The L.A. Phil’s new season is up, too, and the big news there is (for me anyway) the premiere of a new sacred oratorio by John Adams, entitled The Gospel According to the Other Mary. Maybe he gave it that title to distinguish it from a forthcoming work by Mark Adamo.

“What? No, I meant because Mark Adamo’s writing The Gospel of Mary Magdalene for the San Francisco Opera! Why, what ‘mary’ did YOU think I was referring to?” [Daniel Stephen Johnson]