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  • zinka: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=kVE5 0-X7tuI Is the Ring better than sex????? Not sure!!!! 10:54 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Great memories, Charlie! See also:http://www.re natatebaldi.eu/ The Renata Tebaldi... 10:22 PM
  • delmonaco: Happy Birthday indeed to Lanza who inspired so many with a love of opera ( my father saw... 9:47 PM
  • zinka: This week I have been posting and sending clips of the beloved Renata Tebaldi, whose birthday is Feb.1... 9:45 PM
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  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Amazing news (according to Lebrecht): “We have been informed that Dr Roman... 9:38 PM
  • Belfagor: An odd comparison, Chenier and Hoffmann! For me Chenier when played to the hilt is like a blast of... 9:20 PM
  • Camille: Good for you. I will listen to her again someday, and in person. Is it a greater piece of music or... 8:50 PM
  • Camille: “Hey girl, let’s go to a Museum”. You BET I will, with you honey!! Thanks, and I... 8:39 PM

Flame war

The role debut of a world-class singer is always a time of great anticipation, hopefully to be followed by celebration, if not unbridled jubilation. When two world-class singers premiere roles on the same night an operatic apoplexy is not unknown amongst the devoted. The theater’s infirmary stockpiles tranquilizers and the bar enjoys a brisk trade in all manner of festive libations. Now, gently fold into this mix one of the world’s greatest conductors who hitherto hasn’t shown much love to the Italian wing and then a stage director with a touch for the deranged and all bets are off.   Read more »

When I have sung my songs

Soprano Renée Fleming is certainly making the role of the Countess in Richard Strauss’s final opera Capriccio the focus of her late-career years.  After her Met run in 2010, she has made various stops in the role, including this 2013 Wiener Staatsoper production, released by Unitel Classica and directed for video by Brian Large, and she will bring her Countess to Chicago and Dresden in the coming months.  The role certainly suits her natural elegance and charm, and sits well in her current vocal estate.  Read more »

Juan and two

I always think of Don Giovanni as half of the greatest opera ever written. Or, actually, about 2/3 of the greatest opera ever written. The first act is a masterpiece of the operatic canon. There’s sex, there’s danger, there’s suspense, there’s humor, and there’s absolutely great music. And there’s also a wonderful sense of ambiguity—for instance, what exactly is Don Giovanni doing in Donna Anna’s bedroom? is it a rape, or something else? Is Zerlina really just a naive young thing? “Batti batti bel Masetto” has such an artificial, coy feel to it that you have your doubts. All of these events converge in the suspenseful Act One finale.   Read more »

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The dark side of the moon

After viewing Stefan Herheim’s production of Rusalka, I’ve got a new category: “regie slick.”

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Speer pressure

One of the things that made François Girard’s 2013 production of Parsifal at the Met so compelling was the way he tried to make the tale of suffering and temptation relevant to a contemporary audience.

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Bomb scare

The appeal of Ariadne auf Naxos (for me anyway) is the acknowledgment that underneath it all, opera (and all other forms of “high art”) is really show business.

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Final chapter

None of my previous Elektra experiences prepared me for this stunning, overwhelming performance from the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.

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Rich man’s frug

A good performance of a Rossini opera buffa usually bubbles along merrily.

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Shopping season

After a long summer drought, suddenly new Blu-ray and DVD releases are falling, as it were, from the sky.

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Lost in space

It’s rare to encounter a video of an opera that has zero redeeming qualities, but I think I might have found it: the latest Arena di Verona La Traviata.

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