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  • parpignol: that would be Faustina, one of the great felines of British literature. . . 12:43 AM
  • marshiemarkII: Armer! check this link: http://rateyourmus ic.com/release/alb um/giovanni_bat... 12:27 AM
  • marshiemarkII: Stutzmann, now that is a voice from the past, she was really wonderful and I really like the... 12:24 AM
  • DeepSouthSenior: I have a special fondness for the Pergolesi Stabat Mater with Nathalie Stutzmann and Roy... 12:11 AM
  • DeepSouthSenior: Thank, everyone, for the Don Carlo recommendations. Met on Demand video has only 1980 and... 11:39 PM
  • peter: Jack Jikes, coincidentally I’m reading Excellent Women right now, but I don’t think... 11:18 PM
  • antikitschychick: armerjac, yes the Forza Leonora is a spinto role and in general I don’t think those... 11:13 PM
  • lyrebird: no neck 9:58 PM
  • phoenix: Frasquita! the true test of a great soprano – The demands on the voice and technical skill of... 9:52 PM
  • Jack Jikes: Barbara! 9:46 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 »