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Deine Divadienste will die Frau

I recall a televised concert of young voices hosted by Leontyne Price in which she introduced “the marvelous Marvis Martin.”  Today, I wish to introduce our younger Parterrians to the magical Martha Mödl to commemorate the opening of the Bayreuther Festspiele which opens tomorrow afternoon.   Read more »

From the house of the immortals

We’ve all had them; we all crave them: those magical nights in an opera house when you know history is being made.  We even remember the dates.  On 07 May 2007 the air inside Theater an der Wien crackled with anticipation before the premiere of Leos Janácek’s Z mrtvého domu (From the House of the Dead) in a production by Patrice Chéreau conducted by Pierre Boulez.  Read more »

Operas on the verge of a nervous breakdown

It’s a pity that Francis Poulenc took so long to getting around to compose his operas: all three are, in their own ways, masterpieces, and one can only wonder what else he might have contributed to the lyric stage had he begun much earlier in his career.  This week we complete the trilogy with the 1947 opéra bouffe Les mamelles de Tirésias and the 1959 dramatic monologue La voix humaine.  Read more »

Back to the beach

Now it’s time to grab Albert Einstein for a lengthy swim.

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From Hell

In March 1973, OONY’s second season featured Francesca da Rimini starring Raina Kabaivanska, Plácido Domingo and Matteo Manuguerra.

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Let me live by my wits and Trost to my luck

I finally get to complete my personal operatic Top Ten this week with Igor Stravinsky’s only full-length opera, The Rake’s Progress. 

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Intermezzo (a love story)

 The glorious and beloved Elisabeth Söderström tackles the fiendishly difficult role of Christine in a 1974 performance from Glyndebourne.

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And one for Goethe!

Due to a small hiccup in scheduling at Casa della Cieca, this week you get two uploads!

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T’would be a sacrilege to sing at another door

“Did you ever have the feeling that you wanted to go, and then you had the feeling that you wanted to stay?”  This soul-searching question is likely running through the mind of Renée Fleming.

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How to train your dragoon

Let’s be honest: I was there for Kaufmann and Kühmeier, two of my favorite singers.

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