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  • laddie: Timely quiz- Fidelio on Medici tomorrow from Verbier, conducted by Minkowski, and of course later in... 7:03 PM
  • steveac10: But Pecheurs is an even easier sell. Especially if you can cast a baritone and tenor who have six... 6:53 PM
  • MontyNostry: There is a big profile of Herlitzius in the August edition of Opera magazine, which is... 6:39 PM
  • Orion: Fine with pleasure Grimoaldo, and will read also Manou’s report too ;) I will give you my... 6:24 PM
  • Camille: Exactly what I had in mind! Now, let’s hope he doesn’t try to strangle her... 6:20 PM
  • DellaCasaFan: Buster, these are fantastic hits for the first run. It took me more than one listening for a... 6:20 PM
  • grimoaldo: Yes we are interested Orion (some of us anyway) please report ( I hope manou will too)! 6:05 PM
  • grimoaldo: “CuirassR 21; is not a word you hear very often, it brings to my mind “This tight... 6:01 PM
  • Orion: Kashaniar, I read your comment with great interest, because I know that many people have the same... 5:58 PM
  • Stendhal: Your comment is a perfect example of ideological thinking that has become accepted as fact by... 5:54 PM

O Caftan! My Caftan!

Unconcealed by the voluminous folds of this Jessyesqe muumuu is queen-sized talent Jeffery Roberson (also known as Varla Jean Merman), who will make his New York opera debut later this week, in, modestly enough, The Medium, everyone’s favorite supernatural Menotti Broadway slasher opera. Details for this event— which might have been genetically engineered to appeal to the mind of the average parterrian—follow the jump.   Read more »

Silvery Moon

German soprano Evelyn Herlitzius in "Tristan und Isolde" in Seville, 2009

The Berlin Philharmonic brought a spooky Halloween treat to New York on Thursday night, just a few days late. They are at Carnegie Hall for a three-night residency, offering the complete Brahms symphonies along with selected earlier works by that ugly duckling of Brahms disciples, Arnold Schoenberg. They are also far from home during Berlin’s anniversary celebrations of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, having taken a prominent role in the celebration twenty years ago. And it was an American – one Leonard Bernstein – who conducted Beethoven’s Ninth at the Wall, famously supplanting the word Freiheit for the word Freude in its finale. For most of last night, it would seem these remembrances were far from their minds.  Read more »