Cher Public

  • Krunoslav: Odd that Sharapova has yet to be hired by DG, or Peter Gelb. 8:03 AM
  • Krunoslav: Maria [horses neigh offstage] Müller 8:02 AM
  • armerjacquino: Lucie Kasparkova is STRAIGHT into the ‘soprano or tennis player?’ game. 7:53 AM
  • Gualtier M: I think it was Maria Muller who Ponselle didn’t like who she called the washerwoman. Ponselle also wasn’t crazy... 7:32 AM
  • Krunoslav: Very tough to find examples. The opera house in Kosice, Slovakia this season alternated two sopranos as the Komponist, Lucie... 7:27 AM
  • Krunoslav: I recall another Ponselle denigration of Easton’s virtuosity, saying how , yes, maybe she could sing everything but maybe... 7:02 AM
  • armerjacquino: The truly bizarre thing was when soprano Veronique Gens sang Elvira at CG but still took the mezzo transposition in... 6:53 AM
  • armerjacquino: Read it again. I didn’t say anything about negating her current performances. 6:49 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]