Cher Public

  • Krunoslav: Guleghina in her debut performances that first season with Leonie was, however really good. Better vocally and linguistically... 3:52 PM
  • Krunoslav: Wow, Poor used Coates! 3:46 PM
  • PCally: Lucky you to have seen Mattila in that role during her prime. It’s ludicrous to me that the met decided to telecast the 1999... 3:45 PM
  • Krunoslav: I thought Susan Chilcott excellent on recordings and as Helena at the Met. Hard to imagine disposing of the weight for Liza,... 3:23 PM
  • Patrick Mack: Apparently she’ll be recording Tup-Tim’s Act I aria from King and I? 3:03 PM
  • JohninSeattle: I would like to express how AWESONE that Rondine flashmob clip was. That was great. If we keep art and artistic expression... 2:46 PM
  • m. croche: Wile E. Coyote, Batman costume, cliff wall. That’s all I got. 2:39 PM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: I have been lucky with my Lisas: Orla Boylan, Susan Chilcott (both prime Kruno-bait ripe for ridicule, but both genuinely... 2:18 PM

About a boy

So what’s up with Nina Stemme’s Stimme?  The Kammersänerin is greeted rapturously at every performance she gives in Wien and new productions are lavished upon her (six to date).  At 52, she has pretty much covered the German dramatic soprano repertoire, having recently added Elektra to her roles.  This month, she returned to Leonore in Fidelio, a role she sang only once before, in London in 2011.   Read more »

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 »

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Winged victors

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.

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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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