Cher Public

  • Opera Teen: Saw Maria Stuarda last night which I enjoyed. I’ll put a full writeup of it on my blog, but Here is my interpretation of... 8:40 AM
  • NPW-Paris: I remember some people here said they’d seen good productions of Il Trovatore, but I don’t think I have, except... 8:08 AM
  • NPW-Paris: I’ll be there on Monday night. I’ll write it up, of course, as usual. I’ve been told the production is boring. 8:06 AM
  • Rowna: Was new to me. Thanks for the link to Nebs aria. Dark on the bottom, thinned out beautifully on top, plus astounding physicality in... 6:31 AM
  • armerjacquino: Sigh. And once again, the daily OT thread, RIGHT UNDER THIS ONE, wonders what it did wrong. 6:01 AM
  • NPW-Paris: My apologies if this is a “repeat̶ 1; : http://www.concert classic.com/video/ le-trouvere-de-ver di-la-bastille-... 4:45 AM
  • la vociaccia: It’s a great voice no doubt but a bit too cloudy in the vowels (especially the the French) for me to invite... 3:24 AM
  • la vociaccia: It’s not a massively complex or uncommon phenomenon; she produces her current sound by driving her voice at full force... 3:16 AM

Divinités du stacks

The noble Alceste of Kirsten Flagstad is but one of many fascinating live recordings featured in Opera Depot’s May Sale, with all new titles 40% off through Sunday, May 13. (And while you’re there, don’t forget to download this month’s freebie, a Rosenkavalier featuring Janet Baker and Helga Dernesch.)

Coupe de grâce

Those among the cher public who did not find enough Wagner in their Christmas stockings (or who are still reeling from the recent ROH travesty they called a Bühnenweihfestspiel) will be pleased to hear that our good friends at Opera Depot are currently offering a free download of Parsifal conducted by Hans Knappertsbusch at the 1963 Bayreuth Festival.

Free Anna

Bel canto fanciers, diva fanatics and freebie queens alike will be delighted to hear that the Met is offering 2,500 gratis tickets to the September 22 open dress rehearsal of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, starring Anna Netrebko in the title role. Read more »