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Star and garters

 Dans les roles d'amoureux langoureux...

Dans les roles d’amoureux langoureux…

No amount of scholarly diligence has kept Les contes d’Hoffmann from being the messiest of all standard-repertory messes. The opera was unfinished at the time of Offenbach’s death in 1880, and in this case “unfinished” means not a deficit but a surplus of material, some added by other composers, some authentic but not unearthed and sorted out until the late 20th century. Read more »

Tragedy tonight

I always approach an opera by Richard Wagner with a touch of trepidation. First you really need to be paying attention to the text because his characters are talking, talking talking. Loquacious to a fault.  Read more »

Mitigated Gaul

A DVD/Blu-ray from C-Major preserves Kevin Newbury‘s familiar production of Bellini’s Norma with its most frequent leading lady, the American Sondra RadvanovskyRead more »

Today or tomorrow or the day after that

“Time is a strange thing,” the lady observes, to a young man who cannot begin to understand what she is talking about.

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Life is like a train

“In my music, there’s not repetition. Something is always going on.”

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Devil may not care

The subject of timidity has been in my thoughts in these waning days of February 2017. One would almost think there had been some big announcement recently, preceded by a series of smaller ones, to turn a U.S.-based opera fan’s thoughts in this direction. 

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The leggy movie

This Met’s second production of Berg’s 1935 opera was the hot topic of November 2015.

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The sprite in you

Today’s Rusalka video overview covers filmed performances of Dvorák’s opera since 2010.

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Does whatever a spider can

The beautiful singing here is less in the sound than in the way the voice moves.

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Gold rush

Now we find Mariella Devia, a diva held in near mythic regard due to her vocal longevity, with competing videos of two of her performances that were released, literally, on the same day.

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