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  • Camille: Caro Cocky K.— That would indeed make me very happy as -for some peculiar reason- perhaps based upon your unusual degree of... 7:19 PM
  • phoenix: Interesting sub-sub-thread. I also liked Plowright – she had her mannerisms but I still found her interpretations quite... 7:15 PM
  • phoenix: I saw Rossini’s L’italiana in Algieri at Cooperstown many years ago and it was very well done & entertaining... 6:58 PM
  • Porgy Amor: Cocky, I did not think the Principessa was a good fit for Larsson in the premiere run as seen on the DVD release either. The... 6:46 PM
  • Camille: Uh huh, phoenix. You are sounding just like me now, kvetching about the kvetching tourists. No me gusta, Papì! I just want to see... 6:43 PM
  • Cicciabella: Haroutounian has been tweeting about how she’s ready for Norma. She’s clearly applying for the job and will say... 6:39 PM
  • phoenix: Camille, Cooperstown is a vacation place: do you want to go to Cooperstown to see Rachele Gilmore in La Gazza Ladra? If so, you... 6:30 PM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: I’m not sure I agree she’s a natural for the spinto repertoire. Certainly she has the top of a spinto, but the... 6:01 PM

Cherubino jumps the shark

Homer, inspired by many a muse, sang not of sequels to his Iliad, and his own, the Odyssey, is so different in focus that many readers, then and now, have suspected another author of being responsible. But many other poets wrote sequels to Homer, and their addenda filled many a volume, most of them (perhaps happily) lost. As long as copyright laws were in their infancy, the ailment of other authors trying to expand upon unforgettable inspirations was endless.   Read more »

Shave and a haircut


It’s fun to wonder what might have happened if Rossini had never composed Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Would Giovanni Paisiello’s earlier adaptation of the work be a repertory favorite? Or would it have faded into obscurity with an occasional revival here and there?  Read more »

Great shakes

The little opera companies of New York are like chanterelles: Some years they sprout everywhere and you can savor the scent in the woodsy air; other seasons they’re hard to find and unsatisfying when you stumble on a patch. New York’s got lots of untapped vocal talent but you never know which companies will have their ears screwed on straight.   Read more »

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One charming afternoon

In recent years the enterprising Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble has brightened the usually arid weeks of August in New York City with some worthy operatic showcases for young singers.

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All the world loves a crown

Seventeenth century opera remains the true connoisseur’s delight partly because it’s so rarely done.

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