Cher Public

  • Camille: My joints creak too much, Jungfer, but one never knows. That’s okay–just include a couple of the cheap beer and... 10:39 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: As long as I can still get up that Hill, I would rather prefer to keep my secret places just that: I... 10:25 PM
  • Camille: Oh, I just saw it again ! Last night I couldn’t believe it for a moment, but there she was! I just knew La Cieca would go... 10:25 PM
  • Camille: Nein, I never been and I ain’t goin’ now. Well, Jungfer, I think you oughta write a book about all your summers on... 10:18 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Actually 1:45/1:46 – blink and you’ll miss her. 10:11 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: I can only suggest (a) tradition and (b) the astounding, perfect acoustic of the house. Have you ever... 10:04 PM
  • CwbyLA: Check out 1min 40sec httpv://youtu.be/Y ttscNOoAjA 10:02 PM
  • Patrick Mack: I love that performance and listen to it often but the review was almost more about a 50 year old studio recording than the... 9:49 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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