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  • figaroindy: That felt a lot longer than 7 minutes! Heavens so many issues here – the strange choices of “chest voice”... 9:20 AM
  • Lohengrin: http://www.welt.de /kultur/buehne-kon zert/article156704 933/Eklat-in-Bayre uth-Parsifal-ohne- Dirigent.html and many further... 6:28 AM
  • Will: The NY Times is reporting this morning that Andris Nelsons has withdrawn from conducting Parsifal in Bayreuth this summer citing a... 5:40 AM
  • grimoaldo: Thank you Camille and Batty for your kind messages! it is funny how one can make true friends on a forum like this. You are not... 4:02 AM
  • NPW-Paris: It was en economical but mostly effective production, but amplified, so it was hard to judge of the performance. But above all... 2:59 AM
  • Tamerlano: And that Medée with Christie…it& #8217;s an absolutely astonishing performance. 1:53 AM
  • Cicciabella: In the meantime, you can listen to Radvan singing a fantastic “O patria mia”, Go to the ARTE Concert channel on... 1:53 AM
  • Krunoslav: While “old hags” is certainly a pertinent phrase in this thread, Niel, my intervention concerned only the actual... 12:52 AM

Morley marvelous

Erin MorleyToo rarely does a moment arrive during an opera or a concert when a great piece of music meets an inspired artist: time stands still and you experience Nirvana. Sunday afternoon at Carnegie Hall two remarkable slices of soprano-heaven were served up, first by Carolyn Sampson and then by Erin Morley, during the second act of Handel’s Orlando. Their transcendent pair of arias elevated an uneven performance of one of Handel’s most challenging operas by The English Concert.  Read more »

Saxon violence

His shaved head in striking contrast to his dark beard and glinting eyes, the implacable Tartar conqueror glowers at us from the CD cover, while the uncropped photo of countertenor Xavier Sabata (above) is even more disturbing, featuring his raised fist and forearm tightly wrapped in a leather belt. Read more »

Desk set

“Two Boys demonstrates that Mr. Muhly is capable of very great things indeed, offering extended glimpses of the kind of masterpiece he just missed writing here, and, more happily, of the kind of masterpiece I feel confident he will write in the future.” [New York Observer] (Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

Iestyn Davies

Deeds of kindness to review

For decades thousands and thousands have attended Handel’s Messiah (usually around Christmas or more appropriately near Easter) making it easily one of the most widely known works of classical music.

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new_puritans

Our retrospection will now be all to the future

La Cieca predicts you won’t be seeing any puritans at the Met next season, except of course for the ones who slouch around during intermission hissing, “You call that a trill?”

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