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  • dr.malatempra: Indeed, the finest Verdi baritone singing I have heard since the prime of Cornell Macneil or the young,(Goldovsky Opera... 12:52 AM
  • Rosemont: Thank you for the reports and reviews from Santa Fe! I will be there for the first time first week of August…und freue... 12:25 AM
  • Lohenfal: Sure, but as I said, they (or others) may not be available. These singers are signed up way in advance. One never knows what... 12:11 AM
  • Sanford: She is terrific but the men are pretty awful, especially the tenor. The other voice I liked was Margareta Elkins. 11:34 PM
  • Krunoslav: ‘Rousseau’s ‘Dalle stanze” (well sung) is baritonal, the bass element in his tone all but lost…’ Old... 11:29 PM
  • mjmacmtenor: Wouldn’t Fidelio be good for Stemme (now finally singing at the Met) or Goerke? 10:55 PM
  • Camille: What you have to say has been exactly my experience as well, that is, you can find really admirable and superior performances of... 10:50 PM
  • lyrebird: Howdy Sutherlanders- Brian Adams’ La Stupenda’ also devotes pages to the Lucia first night and notes ”... 10:05 PM

Where your hard-earned donations to NYCO go, part who knows I’ve lost track

mortier_baker“The New York City Opera, which just reported a $19.9 million deficit in 2008-09, paid Gerard Mortier $400,000 for his stint as part-time general-manager in-waiting.” [Bloomberg News]

Gettin’ Ligeti Wit It

macabreWhen invited to participate in a discourse on artistic standards (hello, internet!), it’s easy — pleasurable, even — for an aesthete to bray about “the fall.” Where are the true heldentenors? Your kingdom for a Callas! (Or a Stratas, or a Rysanek!) And might the public, at long last, deserve a stable of directors who possess the good sense to avoid both the trope-y familiar as well as the ill-advised pathways of, ugh, the modern? Read more »