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From Hell

Once upon a time, when the Met was in flux and New York City Opera was flourishing across the plaza, maestra Eve Queler founded the Opera Orchestra of New York which specialized in one-night-only concerts of three or four rarities each year at Carnegie Hall.  In March 1973, OONY’s second season featured Francesca da Rimini starring Raina Kabaivanska, Plácido Domingo and Matteo Manuguerra.  Read more »

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.  Daniele Gatti leads a 2006 performance with the forces of Santa Cecilia starring Rainer Trost, James Morris, and Ellie Dehn.  Read more »

Intermezzo (a love story)

This week we dig deep into the mature works of Richard Strauss: his 1924 Intermezzo, labeled a “bürgerliche Komödie mit sinfonischen Zwischenspielen.”  The glorious and beloved Elisabeth Söderström tackles the fiendishly difficult role of Christine in a 1974 performance from Glyndebourne conducted by John Pritchard sung in English.  Read more »

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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Bells are ringing

Lakmé, stars Ruth Welting, Alfredo Kraus, and Paul Plishka, conducted by Nicola Rescigno. 

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Lady With a Repertoire

“If you’ve overdosed on Der Rosenkavalier in the past week, let’s go back a few years to Richard Strauss’ first operatic hit: Salome.

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Hold your peace

Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem with Anna Netrebko, Ian Bostrdge, and Thomas Hampson in an incredibly moving performance from the 2013 Salzburger Festspiele.

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War, what is it good for?

Verdi’s ninth opera, Attila, offers all the noisy music from Nabucco without a “Va pensiero” to cherish.

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