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  • Chanterelle: Of the principals I liked Stoyanova and Groissböck best. This Ochs isn’t totally deluded... 5:34 PM
  • willym: And????? 5:25 PM
  • Clita del Toro: Salzburg Rosenkavalier. I really liked Stoyanova as I said. Given that she is not the... 4:47 PM
  • BaronScarpia: You can see/hear Christine Goerke’s Walkure Brunnhilde in Toronto with the Canadian Opera... 4:17 PM
  • steveac10: It’s about both! Opera is a type of theatre, and if you look at the descriptions given to... 4:09 PM
  • Lohengrin: Thats it!! But you have to think about the time, when this or that opera was written. Verismo is... 4:04 PM
  • Will: Opera is about voice AND the stage. Neither can or should be slighted to emphasize the other. Opera is... 3:27 PM
  • Will: Merry Wives has become opera a few more than a half dozen times. Here’s what I researched for a... 3:23 PM
  • Porgy Amor: Yes, yes, I know. “Tours de force.” 2:57 PM
  • Porgy Amor: Successful staging of purely musical passages: Patrice Chéreau’s Wozzeck. At least for the... 2:53 PM

The Met: What is to be done?

Coming as Peter Gelb did from the music industry, opera lovers hoped that he would display a more distinctive knack for casting and an improved talent pipeline than Joe Volpe offered during the waning years of his tenure.   Read more »

You don’t have to be Druids to love it

“The Met’s production, originally directed by John Copley, is still a hideous, confusing mess. But with Ms. Meade and Ms. Barton acting with moving subtlety, singing generously and feeling deeply, it was hard to care.” [New York Times]

Sounds of silence

Oh, just what La Cieca needed to make her day: another “don’t sing anything but teensy bits of Mozart until you’re at least 40″ cautionary tale. (And, what’s worse, it’s about Jamie Barton, an artist La Cieca really likes and admires, and who really has too much to offer to be told “don’t” so much.)

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Love letter in the sand

Well done, littoraldrift!

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Second guess

“An earlier version of this post referred incorrectly to the gender of the mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton. Ms. Barton is a woman.”

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The world on a string: talking to Jamie Barton

American mezzo Jamie Barton, who has steadily been winning fans in the US over the past few years for her rich and nuanced singing, took the international opera world by storm last weekend by winning both the Song Prize as well as the overall prize in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition.

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