Cher Public

  • DerLeiermann: Speaking of sopranos singing weird non-classical selections. If any of you goes back in time, don’t forget to record... 5:18 PM
  • DerLeiermann: I think it’s just like that song everyone knows. As written it has no notes above the staff and in general, it... 5:10 PM
  • Camille: hahahahahahaHA!!! Perfekt! 5:02 PM
  • DerLeiermann: She really makes it sound like a mix between “Frühlingsst immen” and “I am the wife of Mao Tse-tung”. 5:01 PM
  • operadunce: I don’t know about other singers, but when I saw Fleming perform it, she invited the audience to sing along. Everyone... 4:07 PM
  • Camille: What a surprising list. Who are the critics, one wonders, and from which countries. Thank you for posting, as it is very... 3:41 PM
  • Camille: Exhibit A: httpv://youtube.co m/watch?v=u-EPY46C nTA And much later on: httpv://youtube.co m/watch?v=DjZoI0WN 898 In the heart of... 3:36 PM
  • Cicciabella: 16 classical music critics pick the world’s best orchestras and conductors. Neither Luisi nor Gatti makes the cut:... 3:21 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 »