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  • Ilka Saro: My great uncle Ollie made his Broadway debut in a bit part in a production of Romeo and Juliet,... 2:13 PM
  • Poison Ivy: Here’s my example of “glassy̶ 1;: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=wsSL vovPDTc... 2:07 PM
  • WindyCityOperaman: httpvh://www.youtu be.com/watch?v=c8r KNqAxuIA 1:51 PM
  • Milady DeWinter: Kashania, I think that’s exactly what Paul Jackson meant when discussing... 1:17 PM
  • Batty Masetto: Anent glassy, from a discussion on the terminology of sound reproduction (http://tinyurl... 12:52 PM
  • kashania: Along the lines of what you say, I think of “glassy̶ 1; as describing a voice with a... 12:47 PM
  • Milady DeWinter: “Glassy as in hard and brittle? Glassy as in clear or limpid? Glassy as in fragile... 12:46 PM
  • Poison Ivy: Well maybe because “broken glass” sounds derogatory whereas “glassy̶ 1; is... 12:12 PM
  • phoenix: Good interpretation, but why don’t writers specify ‘broken̵ 7; or ‘shattere... 11:51 AM
  • phoenix: - Another possible meaning – glass is either concave or convex, depending on the angle you... 11:46 AM

So I married an axe murderess

Since neither my forays into obscure Dvorák and Leoncavallo were very successful (Vanda actually had more “listens” than La bohème!), I think the sturdier of you will enjoy Nina Stemme’s Elektra from Saturday night at Wiener Staatsoper.  Unfortunately, Anne Schwanewilms cancelled the entire run, so Ricarda Merbeth stepped into her puffy white dress. Read more »

Night and dreams

At the Opernhaus Zürich, the coat check is not optional. A collective hush extends throughout the hall just before the dimming of the lights. And it may be the last opera house in the world where the overwhelming majority of patrons still dress in formal attire; I have never felt like such a slob in my khakis and untucked shirt. Yet the pomp is not without reason; I do not believe there is another opera company in the world that maintains such impressively high musical values while performing in a fairly intimate space with stellar acoustics. Read more »

Winged victors

Has it really been nine years? Well, apparently it has, because the winners of the ninth annual F. Paul Driscoll Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence (or, as they are colloquially known, the “Opera News Awards”) have been revealed. Congratulations to director Patrice Chéreau, tenor Juan Diego Flórez, mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig, bass-baritone James Morris and soprano Nina Stemme (not pictured)!   Read more »

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Ugh! Neve!

La Cieca celebrates (if that is the word) the first snowfall of the season in New York in the traditional manner.

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