Cher Public

  • gustave of montreal: Beautiful, thanks for posting this. 6:15 AM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Two singers and a twit httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=fRQJ aKOkAus 2:35 AM
  • NPW-Paris: Surprisingly, in Paris, at the Châtelet, we had Nikolai Schukoff. Perhaps you’d have liked him. 1:56 AM
  • Greg.Freed: Glad to hear Halfvarson’s still doing good work. I must have heard him do Ochs (in Houston) over 20 years ago. And... 1:45 AM
  • Salomanda: Also, having just heard Goerke in the HGO Siegfried, I’m excited that we’ll have moved back to Houston in time for... 1:13 AM
  • Salomanda: It was lovely, the Immolation Scene was the best of the evening. The whole thing was quite thrilling, although the orchestra... 1:11 AM
  • Krunoslav: Meanwhile , I am praying that One of Our Merry Band was at Carnegie Hall tonight for the thrilling RING excerpts with Goerke... 12:29 AM
  • uwsinnyc: What an absolutely lovely dove sono. I forget sometimes what a truly beautiful and juicily rich voice she had in her prime. I... 10:49 PM

Don’t axe me why

Conceived to showcase homegrown star soprano Sondra Radvanovsky, the Metropolitan Opera’s much vaunted so-called “Tudor Ring” of three royal operas by Donizetti got off to a bumpy start Saturday afternoon with a revival of Anna Bolena that stubbornly refused to cohere either musically or dramatically.   Read more »

The devil is in the details

Certain operas are better in theory than practice. Boito’s Mefistofele has some undoubtedly fine tunes, and is perhaps neck-and-neck with Boris Godunov as a top bass star vehicle. But as an opera, it only works in fits and starts. For one, the fidelity to Goethe’s Faust gives the libretto a rather episodic, detached feel.

Gounod’s Faust might be a lot cheesier but it’s also more tightly focused and thus better theater. Boito’s opera has some some stunning choral work in the Prologue and Epilogue, a famous tune in Margherita’s lament “La altra notte” and an extremely enjoyable “Walpurgis Nacht” act but also a lot of filler. It’s not a long opera but it feels endless.   Read more »

Ufa the top

Here’s the winners of the Ildar Abdrazkov Quiz, Bluebeard and Krunoslav!   Read more »

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Ildar pursuit

Our good friends (and advertisers) at Maestro Artist Management have been wondering just how much you, the cher public, know about Ildar Abdrazakov.

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Gazing into the future

When she has sung her songs

Given Anna Netrebko‘s continuing success at the Met in Macbeth (as evidenced by an mid-scene “brava” in last night’s Sirius broadcast), it’s time to think about the future—specifically her local assignments for next season.

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Leather underground

Putting in a little face time (and what faces!) at Charles Castronovo‘s cabaret at 54 Below last night were barihunk trifecta Erwin Schrott, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ildar Abdrazakov.

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