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The lady is a camp

galvanyBack to celebrating Shakespeare (and Halloween) this week with one of the best: Verdi’s Macbeth gets true blood-and-guts treatment from Guillermo Sarabia and the legendary Marisa Galvany at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu in 1975.  Read more »

Hell and back

orfeoWhile I’ve posted a good number of operas written in the last 50 years since I began my Mixcloud site, music from the pre-Mozart era is distinctly lacking.  Accordingly, I am pleased to offer a simply gorgeous performance of Gluck’s Orphée et Euridice starring Juan Diego Flórez.  Read more »

Bard of Avon calling

learOpera loves its anniversary years, and works inspired by William Shakespeare are everywhere in 2016, marking 400th since his death.  Since January I have posted adaptations of Romeo and Juliet, Falstaff, Othello, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  This week, I am happy to add two of the newest crop of nods to the Bard of Avon: Lear by Aribert Reimann, and Hamlet by Anno Schreier.  Read more »


Strike up the banned

Jonny spielt auf, the second opera by 26-year-old composer Ernest K?enek, was such a huge success after its 1927 Leipzig premiere that in the following season it was performed 491 times in Germany alone. 

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One night of love

Your alte Jungfer’s requisite Kuschelkatze (pictured) arrived on my doorstep in Mariahilf with the name of Tristan.

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Devil’s advocate

Just 85 years ago, four of Italy’s greatest opera stars gathered at Teatro all Scala for an historic event: the first-ever recording of Arrigo Boito’s sole complete opera, Mefistofele.

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Sinner and Scott

Among the highlights were concert performances of Jules Massenet’s Thaïs and Otto Nicolai’s Il templario.

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Beyond the forest

Mimìs, Violettas, and Cio-Cio-Sans may live, love, and meet their ends without a tear from me, but I have never left a performance of Janácek’s The Cunning Little Vixen dry-eyed.

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It happened one knight

Falstaff, Verdi’s totally unexpected, final, great comedic roar.

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‘Tale’ of the unexpected

I am happy to finally add Les contes d’Hoffmann to the playlist in a Salzburg performance from 2003 with Neil Shicoff in one of his parade roles.

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