Ready or not, here comes mama

The broadcast of Il trovatore from Wiener Staatsoper a few weeks ago seems to have pretty much set the standard for the opera for today’s Parterriani.  What was it like half a century ago?  Judge for yourselves from the audience response at the opening night of La Scala in 1962 when Franco Corelli, Antonietta Stella, Fiorenza Cossotto, Ettore Bastianini, and Ivo Vinco gave it a shot.  Read more »

Wallflower at the orgy

I’ve reached one of my goals for 2017: with this week’s upload of Edgar, you can now find at least one complete performance of every opera by Giacomo Puccini on my Mixcloud site.  Bryan Hymel and Angela Meade star in the composer’s second opera in a concert performance from Frankfurt in 2014.  Read more »

What win I, if I gain the thing I seek?

This week we get closer to completing the operas of Benjamin Britten with The Rape of Lucretia.  This performance from the 1999 Edinburgh Festival features two of the most popular singers on my Mixcloud site since it began: Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson and Simon Keenlyside.  Ian Bostridge is the Male Chorus, and Donald Runnicles oversees the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.  Read more »

Trio by Leos

This week, a Janácek trilogy: Sárka, Osud and Zápisník zmizelého.

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Scritto in ciel

In our circle, Mexico City in the summer was the opera capital of the world from the late 1940s and early 1950.

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Blut force

The very first Vienna post-war performance of Elektra.

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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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