Cher Public

  • mrsjohnclaggart: And did you say, MIMI COERTSE?????? I AM Mimi Coertse. I saw Montsy (there were other names I won’t repeat)... 5:21 AM
  • phoenix: +1 ‘much better than … those who are pushed’ 5:10 AM
  • Pia Ngere-Liu: Hers was the first recording I got of the work and it remains my favorite – except for the funny sound picture in the... 4:58 AM
  • mrsjohnclaggart: I saw her do the final scene about seven times. She did it with her black hair very long and down her back after a diet... 4:52 AM
  • mrsjohnclaggart: Martinez has quite a story, which I’m not going to tell. But I knew her when she started, quite well, knew her... 4:46 AM
  • Pia Ngere-Liu: Did the illustrious Mrs. John Claggart ever see her is Salome? I only saw her once in Munich – early 2000s. Christmas... 4:46 AM
  • mrsjohnclaggart: Fabulous find, Pia!!!!!!!!! 4:33 AM
  • Pia Ngere-Liu: And this sort of summarizes your whole argument. Would have loved to see Montse as Salome. httpv://www.you... 4:10 AM

Spinning chorus

katharina_spider“Her gal-pal friends play with what look like the tails of exotic serpents and keep huge spiders as pets. I was not exactly sure what this all meant. Still, the kids squealed with delight.” No more delighted than La Cieca was when she realized that Katharina Wagner has finally caught up to Mary Zimmerman in the use of oversized arachnidae in operatic Regie! [NY Times]

Death, warmed over

New York Philharmonic“The end of the world was on the program Thursday night — but for the New York Philharmonic, performing the apocalyptic opera Le Grand Macabre was a promising new beginning.” [NYP]