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  • DerLeiermann: I think this is a great spoof of Kurt Weill’s songs. httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=Z6jM T8jZWFY There’s also... 12:16 PM
  • chicagoing: Story from the obituuary of Vic Firth, the principal tympanist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, from yesterdays New York... 12:09 PM
  • Poison Ivy: laurence olivier did … 11:53 AM
  • Orlando Furioso: That makes sense to me. In 1970 I can imagine her feeling under an obligation to remain within classical vocal standards... 11:49 AM
  • Ilka Saro: He was the Robin Williams of his day. 10:54 AM
  • chicagoing: Speaking of intimate, Karita Mattila has a recital scheduled as part of the Ravinia Festival on August 10th and the hall is... 10:49 AM
  • manou: In yet another substitution, Frittoli replaces Fritolli. 10:47 AM
  • Krunoslav: “I was at the final Grateful Dead concert at Soldier Field,” she told the News&Guide, speaking from her home outside... 10:44 AM

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 »

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. This year’s “A Summer of Shakespeare” opened this past weekend with an ambitious and satisfying production of The Fairy Queen, Henry Purcell’s glorious if challenging gloss on A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the East 13th Street Theatre right behind Union Square.   Read more »

All the world loves a crown

Seventeenth century opera remains the true connoisseur’s delight partly because it’s so rarely done. However, the Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble is doing its best to brighten the doldrums of August with a wonderfully involving production of Monteverdi’s final opera L’Incoronazione di Poppea which began a six-performance run Thursday evening at Classic Stage Company’s theater, just off of Manhattan’s Union Square.   Read more »