Cher Public

  • kashania: Grim: We had Alek Shrader here in Barbieri last season and I had a similar impression. He sang well and (especially in the... 11:45 AM
  • kashania: What La Cieca said. In U.S. (especially expensive cities like NYC), $1.6 for the CEO of an arts institution is par for the... 11:40 AM
  • RosinaLeckermaul: At least they were about the opera and not the personalities of the singers. I miss the days when the intermission... 11:38 AM
  • pasavant: Yes the Emperor has been losing his clothes for a while. The coordination between orchestra and singers was slightly off in the... 11:34 AM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: I’m very curious to know what Goldowsky’s scripts and delivery sounds like to people here born after 1970. 11:29 AM
  • angeladorable: Yes-he does have something like Parkinson’s. When he conducted Falstaff you could see he could not seem to get in... 11:28 AM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: httpv://www.youtub GQW_7Iw httpv://www.youtub Lc9C6-0 11:23 AM
  • kennedet: I’m so sorry for you Bill. The last time I heard Cura..I was fortunate enough to be sitting down. His wobble made me off-... 10:51 AM

You’ve got to taste all the fruit

F. Paul Driscoll, editor of Opera News [not pictured], is optimistic. He feels every age has potential to be golden, yet he adds that ‘we don’t know if it’s real gold until we rub it a little bit, do we?’ Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, who looks to Mick Jagger for performing tips, strives to make opera zing, ‘like when you break an orange peel and there is a spray of some fragrant zest,’ he says.” [NPR]

Below the belt

Three of the Met’s most cunning vocalists, Juan Diego Flórez, Joyce DiDonato and Diana Damrau, wrap their tongues around the trio from Le Comte Ory.   Read more »

“Spartans, tonight we dine at Picholine!”

greek_night“Greek night at opera canceled due to conflict” [Indiana Daily Student]

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La Cieca isn’t sure how all this sorts out or how it relates to opera, but as she understands it, the show our JJ is working tonight at Splash Bar New York (“Dorothy Bishop: Sexy, Sassy and Starving” at 8:00 PM) leads directly into another event that involves free booze.  

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another pull quote we never finished reading

“But perhaps the greatest delight was witnessing Richard Bonygne wielding his baton. Demonstrating a general air of ease (but levels of energy that one might have expected from someone fifty years his junior) …” [MusicOMH]

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