Cher Public

  • Krunoslav: IPHIGENIA IN TAURUS Curt Olds Heddle Nash Buick ELECTRA Nadine {Ford] Sierra [Honda] Grace Bumbry Michèle [Honda] Crider... 11:57 PM
  • mirywi: I believe him and he’s got a trill. 11:46 PM
  • mirywi: I have no idea who that is but I love her. 11:38 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Big deal! They rent an old production and the director is too busy working on a new production in Munich, so they... 11:32 PM
  • mirywi: oh my gosh he’s got a voice AND he can sing. 11:30 PM
  • Will: We get this production in Boston early next season. I now really can’t wait. 9:51 PM
  • le cerf agile: …and Gigli was often criticized for his interpolated SAABs. 9:07 PM
  • le cerf agile: Suzuki! 9:03 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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