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  • aulus agerius: PI, you leveled the same criticism at James Valenti, i.e. pulling back at what you consider to... 9:07 AM
  • Ilka Saro: It’s hard to resist drawing comparisons between Florez and Brownlee. I agree that Brownlee... 9:07 AM
  • WindyCityOperaman: Don’t know what’s wrong with Operbase. Also born on this day in 1882 conductor... 9:01 AM
  • WindyCityOperaman: Born on this day in 1819 composer Franz von Suppé httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=Y... 8:55 AM
  • A. Poggia Turra: Earlier Olga at Pesaro: La scala de Seta: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=9crW RDkpqH4... 8:51 AM
  • doktorlehar: My pleasure, everyone. Copenhagen was charming. My visit wasn’t timed well, so I missed... 8:48 AM
  • RobNYNY: This video shows her strengths and weaknesses. Beautiful voice, clear diction, accurate pitch, but... 8:43 AM
  • la vociaccia: Or it’s just, you know, two different people with different opinions. Reports from the... 8:21 AM
  • norma54: Speaking as a SIRIUS listener …. Peretyatko often had no line in her voice, with bright vowels... 8:20 AM
  • OpinionatedNeophyte: The man is damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t. Before it was that the voice... 8:07 AM

Male fraud

Has Los Angeles Opera mentioned lately that Billy Budd has an all-male cast? Read more »

When Pats collide

As part of its “Figaro Unbound: Culture, Power and Revolution at Play” series, Los Angeles Opera next season will present John Corigliano‘s The Ghosts of Versailles featuring soprano Patricia Racette as Marie Antoinette and Broadway legend Patti LuPone as the Turkish entertainer Samira. Stop reading parterre and go book your flight and hotel right this minute for the February 7 – March 1, 2015 run of this thing because you know that every fucking queen in the universe is going to be there. [Los Angeles Opera]

Senior moment

Being an opera lover in Los Angeles is a lot like being a Red Sox fan.  As hard as they try we never make it to the World Series, let alone the playoffs. The Chandler family who owned the LA Times, and in particular Dorothy “Buffie” Chandler who raised the money to build the Music Center downtown, and put her name on its biggest theater there in a stunning display of humility, weren’t opera fans. They loved the LA Philharmonic and, of course, we had to have a suitable holy shrine for the Oscar ceremony because this is an industry town. The New York City Opera would visit in the summers from ‘66 to ‘82 but the Chandlers, and Buffie in particular, actually discouraged an opera company. We had to essentially wait for her to slip into senility before someone could start one. That finally happened in 1986 when Peter Hemmings and Placido Domingo started the LA Opera and things began to change. Very gradually.   Read more »

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You Needed Spellcheck

“…LA Opera’s 2010/11 25th Anniversary Season will continue with Benjamin Britten’s suspenseful masterpiece The Turn of the Screw, opening at 7:30pm on Saturday, March 12, 2011 . . . . Irish mezzo-soprano Anne Murray makes her Company debut as the housekeeper Mrs. Grose, the governess’ only ally.” (Los Angeles Opera press release)

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Furchtbarer Ring!

I guess we all should have seen this one coming.

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