Cher Public

  • armerjacquino: Mandac was a lovely singer but that has to be her greatest achievement. Imagine coming out of a Madeleine Kahn Musetta and... 10:01 AM
  • Krunoslav: William Madison’s very well-researched and convincing biography of Ms. Kahn was just issued. Highly recommended. He... 8:58 AM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: “They quote Keats and Shelly then jump on your belly and bust your balloon” has got to be one... 8:44 AM
  • messa di voce: TBA is out; Fritolli is in. 8:41 AM
  • DellaCasaFan: I think the second paragraph in Kaufmann’s comments points to what really upsets him, perhaps more than possible... 8:27 AM
  • WindyCityOperaman: Apparently Mel Brooks told her to “do a really bad Marlene Dietrich” . . . httpvh://www.yo... 8:27 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: When the tickets were sold it was originally 19.30 then Bachler changed the time to 20.30. I got rid of my ticket after... 7:37 AM
  • armerjacquino: You do hear people say it though, that’s the scary bit. 7:07 AM

Feline AIDS continues unabated

“[J]udging singers in their 20s is truly difficult, especially with so much at stake for the finalists, including a $15,000 cash prize for each winner. Comparably gifted pianists in their 20s are much more likely to be technically assured and finished performers. Operatic voices, though, need long nurturing. Most young singers are still working out elements of their technique. Inevitably, the judges for these auditions are assessing the potential of the finalists as much as their actual performances. Moreover, as was made clear by the documentary film ‘The Audition,’ which followed the last round of the 2007 competition, performing in this concert could not be more high-pressure.” [Need You Ask?]