Cher Public

  • spiderman: Bill – I know, I am from Vienna … still I wanted to express that for ticket sales it is definitely better to have... 5:32 PM
  • Camille: Oh. And if they wanted a Mimì-singing Norma, whyever did they not call Maria Agresta? She’s proven as a Norma, in Paris.... 5:31 PM
  • operainsider: Poplavskya will be back. Give her time. 5:30 PM
  • phoenix: You are very generous – on the other hand, I am more than skeptical about any performance. My motto: Skeptical = Sensible. 5:12 PM
  • PCally: I know that Norma is a role where the really isn’t one specific way to sing the music and I also understand that singers are... 5:03 PM
  • PCally: I hate to say this for I am also a fan but I’m pretty Popsy isn’t going to come back. I also saw her final run of... 4:56 PM
  • Camille: DCF–you bet and I am a little suspect about what all may be going on. He is suddenly getting more and more engagements with... 4:52 PM
  • Camille: Popsy did come to mind [Insert sad face]. Wondering if she will ever come back to the stage? That Tatyana I heard in December... 4:47 PM

Burden of gilt

rheingoldWhen Francesca Zambello’s production of Das Rheingold opened in DC a decade ago I was not a fan. Glibly described as an “American” or “environmental” Ring, it seemed poised to buckle under the weight of its own self-importance. If the actual production offered more than the elevator pitch implied, it still felt overly invested in shoehorning the Ring into some bigger scheme for dubious purposes, an exercise which would quickly grew tedious in practice.  Read more »

Stop me if you’ve heard this one

Gala this; gala that; who knew rich people wore clothes so badly?  Freed’s Law (formulated long ago) states that every tenor you meet is going to think he’s the smart one, but there must be some corollary about every opening night opera gala sending out a bat-signal to the one socialite who thinks she’s going to Bring Back the Tiara. Friday night was the occasion not only of a gala, but also an opera by Mr. Verdi, in which people sang.   Read more »

One night only, one night only, there’s nothing more to say

The Art House in Provincetown, MA, headed by Mark Cortale, will present Metropolitan Opera Star Deborah Voigt in ‘Voigt Lessons’ created by Terrence McNally, Francesca Zambello and Deborah Voigt, for one night only on August 2 at 6:30 PM.

nuance

Escape from nuance

Just when you though it was impossible to have any less respect for Francesca Zambello

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Two Women

Warhorse

Three blocks from the opera house is a terrible time to realize there was homework.

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naxos

Barn yesterday

Christine Goerke is the Prima Donna in this scene from Francesca Zambello‘s Glimmerglass production of Ariadne auf Upstate New York, and Did I Mention That the Komponist is a Dyke?

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old_acquaintance

Dish night

“Superstar soprano Deborah Voigt and powerhouse opera and theater director Francesca Zambello, friends for over 25 years, came to 92Y to talk opera, inspiration, artistry and friendship.”

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you

A coupla white chicks sitting around talking

On Wednesday, April 23rd at 8:15 PM, renowned soprano Deborah Voigt and opera and theater director Francesca Zambello, friends for over twenty-five years, join to discuss opera, inspiration, artistry and friendship.

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forza

La vita e Club Inferno

What, you might ask, could a middle-of-the-road middlebrow stage director add to this monumental chef-d’oeuvre?

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June Anderson!

Busting out

June Anderson will make the transition into the “Anne Revere” segment of her career next summer when she sings the role of Elvira Griffiths in Tobias Picker‘s An American Tragedy at the Glimmerglass Festival.

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