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  • Orlando Furioso: The lists of birthday celebrants are usually too disparate to imagine joining together, but today, for some reason, I... 12:06 PM
  • La Cieca: That Peter Gelb has amazing power, preventing your Facebook friend from being hired anywhere in the world except San Juan. 11:30 AM
  • La Cieca: Konwitschny notwithstanding, cutting the Traviata sung dances is very tough musically. The end of the opening chorus sets up a... 11:13 AM
  • Camille: Thanks very, very much for the calendar for the Boston music scene, which I will now bookmark and keep track of — had I... 10:42 AM
  • DonCarloFanatic: Now I confess that early in my opera appreciation days I found the flower song in Carmen completely boring. I... 10:05 AM
  • aulus agerius: I’d go to that in a heartbeat. But you’d really have to stay awake and pay attention – no texting! 9:58 AM
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  • armerjacquino: The Konwitschny production I saw at ENO cuts the ballet. It’s an option. 8:39 AM

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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