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Trio by Leos

This week, a Janácek trilogy: Sárka, Osud and Zápisník zmizeléhoRead more »

Scritto in ciel

In our circle, Mexico City in the summer was the opera capital of the world from the late 1940s and early 1950s, dominated by first attempts at roles by a certain Senora Meneghini, of which many have been well-documented, including my favorite: a totally out-of-control Rigoletto (one of two times La Divina tried it out).  But her nights off frequently offered performances of equal – or, dare I suggest it – even greater quality.  This week, I offer a 1949 La favorite (sung in Italian) with some youngsters: Cesare Siepi (26), Giuseppe Di Stefano (27), and two “verterans;” Enzo Mascherini (38) and Giulietta Simionato (39).  Read more »

Blut force

goltzThis week I get to fulfill a promise made some time ago to fans of Elektra, both of my generation and the younger Parterriani: the very first Vienna post-war performance of the opera.  The one-time-only cast for the opening of the new production in the first season in the restored Haus auf dem Ring on 8 April 1956 featured three dynamos: Christel Goltz, Margarete Klose, and Hilde Zadek.  On the podium was Karl BöhmRead more »

Theory of revolution

Jonas Kaufmann announced that he feels ready to return to the stage after calling in sick since last autumn

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Conspicuous consumption

A classic 1974 New York City Opera La traviata with Beverly Sills, John Stewart and Dominic Cossa conducted by Julius Rudel.

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Come to the unstable

Let’s celebrate the coming of 2017 with a peek at Elsa Lanchester’s cabaret act consisting of bawdy Cockney songs.

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Himself when young

This week features Roger Norrington leading a December 2006 performance of Berlioz/ Enfance du Christ  from Berlin

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Will you tell me what it’s all for?

“Good God—an adult musical!”

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Next to Norma

Anita Cerquetti had one of the most remarkable, most brief careers in opera in the past century.

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Solid gold

This week’s opera is Die Liebe der Danae.

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