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  • Gualtier M: Sad news: American soprano Camellia Johnson died yesterday after a brief illness. httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=s... 2:30 PM
  • Lurker_del_Cairo: Yes, such nonsense that I left it behind, unfinished, on an airplane. 2:15 PM
  • armerjacquino: Wait, seeing it in isolation I seem to have unconsciously quoted MEET ME IN ST LOUIS… 1:54 PM
  • Krunoslav: ”… we muddle through somehow.” Thanks to Pears Soap, Horlicks and Dame Vera Lynn… :) 1:42 PM
  • armerjacquino: Point of order: at no point did I remotely take offence. Like I said, it amused me. 1:30 PM
  • kashania: Only if you’re looking for an opportunity to take offense. Unfortunately, she lives in Europe so her only US engagement... 1:24 PM
  • armerjacquino: Giusy Devinu, Maria Radner. 1:17 PM
  • JohninSeattle: Dyslecsics UNTIE! 12:24 PM

Up to speed

“New York is great. Opera is great. They deserve each other. So what can we do to get them together? Who can show us how it’s done? We need to ask the Germans.” [New York Observer]

Words and music

As is happening increasingly in opera productions today (e.g., the Rosenkavalier in Stuttgart), the action of Moses und Aron at the Komische Oper begins some minutes before the music does. In this Barrie Kosky staging, we begin by seeing what appear to be dots and slashes blinking on the black front scrim. Gradually these shapes seem to resolve themselves into characters, words, phrases, and humans being human, we are trying to find a pattern and a message among the randomness. When that message finally presents itself, it’s not at all what you might expect, at least not in connection with this opera. Read more »

Macaronic and cheese

The Berlin Komische Oper was the scene of one of my greatest opera experiences five years ago, so I particularly looked forward to a return to this theater. The first two shows seen there, though, left a mixed impression. Read more »

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Bühne nights

Your doyenne and her faithful confidante Dawn Fatale are off later this week for a safari, seeking the wild Regie in its natural habitat.

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Notte e giorno faticar

At last, the quintessential targeted reader of parterre.com has been identified.

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