Cher Public

  • gustave of montreal: Thibaudet also performed at the Met in Fedora as the exiled Polish pianist Lazinski. 9:01 PM
  • PCally: Adrianne Pieczonka 8:53 PM
  • NPW-Paris: Exactly where I’ll hear Sweeney Todd this Sunday. 7:24 PM
  • NPW-Paris: I heard it in a hot tent in Brussels with noisy ventilators and jet planes overhead, on their way to land. 7:01 PM
  • Operngasse: I first saw Much Ado in the Joseph Papp 1972 production with Sam Waterston and Kathleen Widows. Updated to early 20th century... 6:55 PM
  • NPW-Paris: Ayayay… grateful. 6:34 PM
  • NPW-Paris: I heard him in Rigoletto in Paris and agree with you: I was greatful for his generosity and risk-taking. 6:32 PM
  • quibbleglib: I’ve only seen him live once — in the Met Boheme — but in my experience, Fabiano is praised here because... 6:30 PM

Oh, brilliant more than fire

CurtinToday the world of opera mourns the death of soprano and pedagogue Phyllis Curtin, who passed away yesterday at the age of 94.  Read more »

Denise Duval 1921-2016

Soprano Denise Duval, muse to Francis Poulenc, died yesterday in Switzerland. She was 94.   Read more »

Pierre Boulez 1925-2016

The composer and conductor died yesterday at his home in Baden-Baden, Germany. He was 90.   Read more »

Dobbs

Mattiwilda Dobbs 1925-2015

The African-American coloratura soprano, was one of the first black artists to sing leading roles in international theaters, died yesterday.

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Jon Vickers Tribute

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.

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Jon Vickers

Jon Vickers 1926-2015

The legendary Canadian heldentenor died on Friday. He was 88.

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Ronald Wilford

Ronald Wilford 1927-2015

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

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Juntwait

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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