Cher Public

  • NPW-Paris: I know (who doesn’t?) that Parterre is demanding but must we be word perfect even in Welsh? 4:15 PM
  • armerjacquino: Verrett was a stunning-looking woman; no ‘don fatal’ discords there! 4:04 PM
  • Lohenfal: WCO, thanks for acknowledging the Parsifal premiere, but the date of the first performance was July 26, 1882. The second one was... 3:53 PM
  • Operngasse: I hope that this will fall into the “loverly lyrical” category: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=JEkE AaJFCOg I... 2:44 PM
  • Camille: She stepped up her intensity considerably in the “Töt erst sein Weib” section and I really enjoyed and might prefer... 2:28 PM
  • Orlando Furioso: I had never heard that about Georg & Claire, but it wouldn’t be out of character for him. Fortunately the... 2:11 PM
  • Camille: Just finishing Act I and Florestan making his appearance and can say with a sigh of relief that I’m very glad some of... 1:57 PM
  • kashania: Russell Thomas was an excellent Don José in Toronto a couple of months ago. He and Rachvelishvilli were on fire in the final act. 1:36 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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