Cher Public

  • 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
  • Tamerlano: Angie was a fucking pig. My god, she just tore those arias to shreds…jerky tempo changes and overly precious... 2:39 AM
  • overstimmelated: I notice that the opening performances of Boccanegra and Entführung are far from sold out. I found myself wondering if... 2:35 AM
  • Tamerlano: Sierra fascinates me. She reminds of me Moffo in the way that the voice is fucking gorgeous and there is incredible instinctual... 2:27 AM
  • Flora del Rio Grande: I, too, wish Mme Goerke well — she deserves success after a lot of hard work. But I am not buying her top... 1:18 AM

Breaking: horses not to be frightened

“Our patrons are also our investors, and because many of our core subscribers are also our most generous philanthropists, we need to make sure that our programming jives with their expectations, what they’d like to see onstage,” [newly appointed General Director of San Francisco Opera MatthewShilvock said. [AP]

Once upon a Thames

“Houston Grand Opera’s 2014–15 season, the company’s 60th anniversary season, includes the world premiere of A Christmas Carol by Iain Bell… from award-winning Dickens authority Simon Callow… the American premieres of Sir Nicholas Hytner’s The Magic Flute and Lee Blakeley’s Sweeney Todd…. John Cox’s Otello… and Michael Grandage’s hit staging of Madame Butterfly…. Iain Paterson’s first staged portrayal of Wotan…. Likewise Susan Bullock and Nicholas Phan—leading exponents of Wagner and Britten respectively—join Nathan Gunn in turning their talents to gallows humor with role debuts in Sweeney Todd…” [HGO]

Fog lifts over channel

Comprimarios begin at Calais“When you read, and credit, the more feverish musings of the internet chatterati, there is some kind of British invasion storming the bastions of American opera. Last month, when the Metropolitan Opera’s Peter Gelb announced the appointment of Robert Rattray, a consultant with the London-based classical-music agency Askonas Holt, as ‘assistant general manager for artistic affairs’, the American opera blogosphere went ballistic, with speculation rife that British Askonas Holt artists — the company represents prominent Americans, too — would be depriving local talent of work at the Met. Last weekend, in New York and Chicago, it was just about possible to believe the paranoia was justified.” [Times of London - paywalled]

john_bull

Kate Royal, Toby Spence ink 10-year Met deal

Robert Rattray, who has long experience in artist management, has been appointed the Met’s next assistant general manager for artistic affairs, replacing Sarah Billinghurst, who will retire at the end of this season after two decades at the Met, the company announced Tuesday.”

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madonna

Out of Touch

In a press release that was obviously sent in 1985 and for some bizarre reason only just arrived an hour ago, Lyric Opera of Chicago has announced the production of a new Ring cycle with Sir Andrew Davis conducting and David Pountney directing.

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birdie

Not canard, more loon

“More telephone ring tones come from Bizet’s Carmen that any other opera.”

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Scrooge-Porpoise

The Life and Death of Colonel Canard

La Cieca can’t even

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red meat

Why Rupert Christiansen is the wrong commentator about gay rights protesters

The veteran British critic click-whored

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queer_duck

Queer canard

“That [Tchaikovsky] committed suicide cannot be doubted, but what precipitated this suicide has not been conclusively established…”

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in_old_chicago

Wack on Wacker

The announcement of the 2013-2014 season at Lyric Opera of Chicago is not good news at all.

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