Cher Public

  • Camille: Oh, so you walked, NPW? well, good for you. Life’s too short to suffer a bad performance is what I say. Don’t write... 8:40 PM
  • Camille: The singing on this one is really just about what I always want to hear but seldom do. I will keep this one for good. The color... 8:36 PM
  • Camille: I have two words: STOP IT! This is a brand new level of filth, one which is rare to encounter and usually only from the most... 8:31 PM
  • Camille: BRAVO, grimoaldo! I’m standing up as I say this. A delightful report chock filled with good things. I am hoping this will... 8:16 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Actually, I was in the house for the performance last Thursday and thought Giordani sounded much better (I... 7:46 PM
  • DonCarloFanatic: Enjoying it very much. Giordani sounds pretty good. Smaller house = less effortful singing? 7:25 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: How about “Cackle and be Flat?” 6:35 PM
  • irontongue: Krunoslav and Marianne, right you are. Sorry; I should have checked the Met archive first. 6:06 PM

Sag, welch wunderbare Träume

Before audiences around the world saw his celebrated production of Wagner’s Parsifal, Toronto audiences were introduced to the operatic work of Quebec director François Girard at the Canadian Opera Company. He made his company debut with a striking double-bill of Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex and Symphony of Psalms, and followed up with his distinctive Siegfried, with Canada’s set designer extraordinaire, Michael Levine, as his collaborative partner in all three.   Read more »

Blood simple

“One of the things I’m gradually learning as I’m coming up my the 20th anniversary of writing about opera for publication is that you have to be wary about making Pronouncements, because no matter how obvious or intuitive a hard-and-fast rule seems to be, if you write it down where people can find it, one of these days it’s going to embarrass you.” Our Own JJ contemplates François Girard‘s production of Parsifal in the latest installment of Rough and Regie.   Read more »