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  • PCally: Armer, can you say what you don’t find appealing about Gens as the Countess? Most reviews of the recording point to her as... 4:42 PM
  • armerjacquino: You have to be careful with Jacobs in Mozart- for me the COSI is spectacular, the NOZZE is very good (although Gens is a... 4:05 PM
  • PCally: I wasn’t aware he’d recorded the opera until reading your post armer. I’ve been listening to Nézet-Séguin... 3:57 PM
  • armerjacquino: Ha! Although I’m no royalist so all the Queenery (large ‘Q’) annoyed me, I watched that gala to DEATH as... 3:08 PM
  • kashania: Because it`s been a while since we had this on parterre: httpv://www.youtub yVeLh0U 2:57 PM
  • kashania: The murky depths of Wedekind/Berg are a long way from the fizzy shallows of The Nose. I tip my hat, sir! 2:39 PM
  • armerjacquino: Anyone heard the new Jacobs ENTFUHRUNG? I’ve been listening to it online for the last hour or so and it’s a... 2:20 PM
  • mercadante: Some people love to spend a lot of money to go to the opera; staying is another matter. 2:08 PM

A life with a hero

By some quirk of fate, I tend to hear about the deaths of many operatic legends via radio news while out driving.  This again proved the case with Canadian tenor Jon Vickers, who passed away on June 10.  Previous experience with the demise of Luciano Pavarotti, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Renata Tebaldi has taught me that it’s best to table my immediate itinerary, steer the car out of traffic and let the tears flow.   Read more »

Jon Vickers 1926-2015

The legendary Canadian heldentenor died on Friday. He was 88.   Read more »

Ronald Wilford 1927-2015

The “manager of legendary maestros” including James Levine, died today in Manhattan. He was 87. [New York Times]


Margaret Juntwait 1957-2015

The host of the Metropolitan Opera’s Saturday Afternoon Radio Broadcasts and longtime public radio personality died today of complications from ovarian cancer. She was 58.

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Andrew Porter

This art our Master well did guard

Musicologist, translator and above all critic Andrew Porter has died.

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Elena Obraztsova

Elena Obraztsova 1939-2015

The celebrated Russian mezzo-soprano has died. She was 75.

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Irene Dalis

Irene Dalis 1925-2014

The American mezzo-soprano and impresario died today in San Jose after a long illness. She was 89.

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Magda Olivero 1910-2014

The legendary Italian soprano Magda Olivero has died.

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Licia Albanese

Licia Albanese 1913-2014

La Cieca has just heard the sad news that the beloved soprano Licia Albanese died earlier this evening. She was 101.

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Carlo Bergonzi

Carlo Bergonzi 1924-2014

The legendary and beloved Italian tenor died earlier today. He was 90.

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