Cher Public

  • -Ed.: I grew up near Pittsburgh as well, Batty, and yes, given the choice we’d have said easterner and not mid-westerner. Not that... 3:54 PM
  • m. croche: Happy 4th of July, for those stateside: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=DuKg XoyQyoo 3:38 PM
  • phoenix: for the last time, bellisima donna anna di Repubblica Ohio: Perdonatemi – I made the mistake of 1) looking at the map of... 3:18 PM
  • Donna Anna: Well, for as long as I’ve been living here (over 30 years), I’ve always heard it referred to as Midwestern. The... 3:00 PM
  • Camille: Oh, that reminds me, vilbastarda, they dropped that priest reciting his expulsion of the heretics crapola in the Hytner Don Carlo... 2:35 PM
  • Batty Masetto: Now that the production has closed, there are rumblings from behind the scenes of considerable tension between the composer... 2:17 PM
  • Camille: Oh forget it. That’ll never happen. Wonder if I should to see the rest of her Ring in DC next year. Don’t want to get... 2:08 PM
  • Camille: What? Zambello got raped onstage? Ohimè!!!!! Povera donna!!!!!!! 2:03 PM

The showgirl must go on

Last night’s complete concert version of Die Csárdásfürstin from Dresden is viewable, after the jump. Read more »

Call me Madame

“To play La Pompadour—what a delightful task! To be La Pompadour—what a gruesome fate!” Thus spoke operetta superstar Fritzi Massary after researching her role as Louis XV’s official mistress in the Leo Fall operetta Madame Pompadour, which was written as a star vehicle for “die Massary” and had its first, hugely successful, performance in Berlin in 1922, followed by runs in Vienna and London. Read more »

The Prince of Alice Tully Hall

Either you adore “The World Is but a Broken Toy” from Act II of Princess Ida and have always wanted to hear it sung by voices of operatic quality… or you don’t… and you haven’t. You are immune, as so many are, to operetta, once serene occupant of the theatric perch latterly usurped by the likes of Les Miserables and Evita. Long ago—but operetta seems always to have evoked “long ago,” to have been an art of nostalgia. Long ago, in operetta’s heyday, singers didn’t use microphones and the tunes that showed their voices off were a whole lot better than the current Broadway crop.   Read more »

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Don’t ask, do “Tell”

Repertory for “Bel Canto at Caramoor” 2011: H.M.S. Pinafore and Guillaume Tell. 

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talk like a pirate day

Pirates three: Kevin Kline, Rex Smith and Patricia Routledge. [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/qbYScGigjd4" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

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