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  • Bill: Kennedet – from more recent videos of Nebrebko doing various arias, it seems her voice is not quite as steady as it used to... 11:47 PM
  • Magpie: Is it the aspect of my monitor, or am I the only one who sees the elephant in the room…. Her. Is she getting huge or what?... 11:34 PM
  • kennedet: I must say I get a little concerned about Netrebko. Make no mistake that I can’t think of a more exciting singer in the... 11:10 PM
  • DerLeiermann: I see her stealing Margaret Price’s trademark look. http://www.lebrech t.co.uk/blog/wp-co ntent/uploads/2... 11:04 PM
  • laddie: You might want to run over to Philadelphia and catch “Cold Mountain” in February. I have seen Amleto and, well, I... 10:46 PM
  • Ilka Saro: Thanks for confirming that! My recollection was that it was in color, and I was thrown by the b/w clip. I don’t object to... 9:48 PM
  • aulus agerius: Operanews.com now has ‘The Year in Opera’ available which is very helpful. I’ve planned a trip to FL for... 8:48 PM
  • vilbastarda: Did any parterrian attend dell’Arte Opera’s Rosina by Hiram Titus, and care to share their thoughts? I went last... 8:47 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 »