Cher Public

  • Camille: Oh thank you and bless you, bewildered, for that bit. I pine for your glory days and miss you so. 4:05 PM
  • Camille: It’s the New Yawk version…ostensibly the “ViEnna Version” (see, La Cieca, I got it right at last!). I brought... 4:03 PM
  • Evenhanded: Well. “Casually referring to a woman as ‘this Bitch’, however- I’d be ashamed of that.” As would I, Armer. Thank... 3:57 PM
  • armerjacquino: I agree, giving one’s all in performance can never be a source of shame. Casually referring to a woman as ‘this... 3:51 PM
  • Feldmarschallin: Lovely costumes. Cosima would have approved. 3:48 PM
  • Dabrowski: First, the obvious question: Is this Paris or Dresden? Another question, for those of you who understand singing better than I... 3:43 PM
  • La Cieca: And more to the point, which part of Venus. 3:37 PM
  • bewilbered: Elisabeth cover is the Romanian Iulia Isaev, who has sung the role (as well as Elsa) for Bucharest. 3:32 PM

Wer nicht mit dem Woolfe heult

Zachary Woolfe (not pictured) makes his way to Bayreuth to try to unravel the Evgeny Nikitin mystery. Though many questions remain unanswered, it’s still a compelling read. (Don’t miss the Christian Thielemann pullquote near the end!) [New York Times]

Symbolic weight

Evgeny Nikitin‘s controversial tattoos have left many people puzzled and given rise to a good deal of speculation. In June 2008, Nikitin wrote an autobiographical essay for the St. Petersburg magazine “Dog” (Sobaka) which sheds further light on the Russian singer’s body art and world-view. I’ve provided a rough translation below and will let readers draw their own conclusions. Read more »