Cher Public

  • Camille: Gee, that’s too bad. I do have her Wesendonck Lieder mit Lenny and they are swell. Especially “Im Triebhaus̶... 12:21 AM
  • La Cieca: Bert Lahr did a variation on this line in one of his Broadway shows, not sure which one. The idea was that Bert fell afoul of a... 11:52 PM
  • m. croche: How wrong conventional wisdom is! Sometimes translations need be neither faithful nor beautiful. All they need to be is, erm,... 11:20 PM
  • erricco: the recording does not do justice to the hilarity that Mary Lou creates in her live concerts…..o f course, these numbers... 10:57 PM
  • Camille: What a charming thought. Thank you. 10:46 PM
  • Camille: Are you having a bummer of a summer? Go Brush Up On Your Shakespeare — and see KISS ME KATE IN 3-D at the Museum of Modern... 10:45 PM
  • Camille: luvtennis, ACHTUNG!!! Well, by some strange alchemy, today, while going through a ton of old music and souvenirs and... 10:35 PM
  • antikitschychick: Haha can you tell I was excited?? They sang back to back show-stopping arias for sure, even though they were technically... 9:36 PM

Text appeal

What makes Norma such a high-profile role in the soprano repertory? Like the druids in the opera, we the audience anxiously await her entrance, wonder how she will sing, ponder her ability, and condemn her if she does not deliver what we expected. As for the character, there is no forgiveness for a soprano who tackles this role; we all seem to have a picture in our heads of how the role should sound, should be sung, and should be acted. The ghosts of the great Normas of the past confirm and solidify our beliefs.   Read more »

La regina d’Inghilterra ho veduto cantar

“At Carnegie Hall last Thursday, a capacity crowd witnessed what might be the final official act of a monarch who has reigned for more than four decades.” [New York Observer]

Victorious, happy and glorious

Even before Italian diva Mariella Devia had completed the stunning high D natural that capped her miraculous portrayal of Elisabetta in Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux Thursday evening at Carnegie Hall, tens, then hundreds of those in attendance leapt to their feet to shout their acclaim at the conclusion of the most recent example of that most quintessential event for many New York operagoers: the concert opera.  Read more »

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Over the moon

Mariella Devia will augment her already vast bel canto repertoire next year with the role of roles: Bellini’s Norma.

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2009 starts off right

Miraculous Mariella Devia sings “Casta diva” at a New Year’s Day concert at La Fenice. [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/1rEx2M5zRX0" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] Mariella Devia at amazon.com

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