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Cher Public

  • MontyNostry: When I hear her or watch her on YouTube, I do always feel a dramatic and musical intensity, and... 9:05 AM
  • odabella: It is not hard to remember that at the old Metropolitan a lot of the public had to use a side door,... 8:48 AM
  • semira mide: Thanks for the clarification about the chapel. It seemed reasonable enough that it should be the... 7:59 AM
  • PetertheModest: Is she singing too much then, and beginning to wear down her voice ? This can happen, when a... 7:25 AM
  • redbear: Calvin was a force of nature. He was to become the first really well known black conductor and most... 5:31 AM
  • PushedUpMezzo: Rupert C ventures backstage at ENO discovering Angel Blue, mice and a sweaty locker room.... 5:09 AM
  • MontyNostry: The film that taught me that Anne Boleyn had a French-Canadian accent. 4:46 AM
  • Krunoslav: Ja, ja, but also Ronald Reagan– the most destructive President since Hoover–&#... 4:19 AM
  • NPW-Paris: “A chapel” is by the way the royal chapel at the Palace of Versailles! 3:02 AM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Yes, the Copper Hatch, Coral and Jade at Joyce Chen’s, fig bars at Ann’s and... 2:15 AM

Her maestro’s voice

Our Own Poison Ivy interviews conductor Alain Altinoglu over at her own blog, Poison Ivy’s Wall of Text. (Photo © Fred Toulet.)

Renaissance man

muti_renaissanceLa Cieca hears whispers from rehearsals of the Met’s eagerly-awaited new production of Attila that maestro Riccardo Muti is somewhat more, shall we say, engaged in the process than your average stick-waver. Read more »

The view from Kareol

kleiber_thumbPoet of the podium Carlos Kleiber leads the final minutes of Tristan und Isolde from the mystic abyss of Bayreuth, circa 1975. Read more »