Cher Public

  • mia apulia: we are all so pleased with her! me, too, how beautiful and well done so many moments, phrases, sounds….. 2:13 AM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: She is veering dangerously into Simone Kermes’ territory… 1:50 AM
  • PCally: I’m seriously seriously looking forward to that first Aida. Sounds absolutely born for the role and I never really she would... 1:16 AM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: And here is the Ohio song httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=UlBG PCtejUk 1:07 AM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Here they are wearing their DIMA T-Shirts. httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=ahnK HnK2IT4 Netrebko should add the full... 1:05 AM
  • Camille: Hmmmm…..when I heard him sing Otello at Carnegie a few years ago with Muti et al, I thought it would develop more over time.... 12:22 AM
  • Niel Rishoi: I listened to the “O patria mia” and “Un bel di 3 times each. My word. What a full-bodied, luscious tone,... 12:11 AM
  • Camille: NO more Adinas, that is. Adriana is very nice and the triumphant “L’asp etto!!” at the end of the Butterfly is... 12:08 AM

“Where was Liam Joshua?”

“Anyone looking for orgiastic obscenity in Calixto Bieito‘s production of Carmen at the London Coliseum, will be bitterly disappointed, writes Rupert Christiansen.” [The Telegraph]

Reader, I shagged him

Deborah Orr (“one of Britain’s leading social and political commentators”) doesn’t know much about opera, but she does know she prefers opera to al fresco gay sex. At least I think that’s what she’s talking about in The Guardian.

Vicar aghast at codswallop

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“Italian opera has never been more popular. It has also never been in greater need of Italian voices. No matter how good the alternatives, a home-grown voice, properly schooled, transforms the sound of Verdi. It is not just the diction or timbre. It is the tradition . . . . Nicholas Hytner’s staging … remains earthbound. Why is it that successive National Theatre directors, upon entering the Royal Opera House, automatically capitulate to operatic convention?” [Financial Times]