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  • mrsjohnclaggart: Porgy I must own to some annoyance you. You asked me about the Thielemann and Sinopoli Fanciualas last week and I wept... 10:11 PM
  • Amnerees: I last heard Bonisolli in a 1987 Covent Garden Turandot with Gwyneth Jones. He acquitted himself very well. The performance was... 9:59 PM
  • antikitschychick: This was awesome; thanks for sharing it Ed! Can’t believe there isn’t a full video of any of her Normas.... 9:28 PM
  • Benedetta Funghi-Trifolati: The first time I saw Bonisolli (early 1970s) he was Almaviva in BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA! His repertoire then was... 9:27 PM
  • williams: …not to mention whether to use head or chest. 8:21 PM
  • Porgy Amor: I was just reading some classic (giggly) Caballé vocal pedagogy in a Telegraph piece from the ’90s. Excerpt: “When... 8:19 PM
  • -Ed.: and seeing a great regie production of an old favorite is like having your lover surprise you with a new sexual position. You know... 8:18 PM
  • -Ed.: Video snippet of Callas rehearsing Norma in 1964. New to me, looks professionally done. httpv:// com/watch?v=8X1lT5 Lb8-M 8:14 PM

Tell me about the rabbits

Among a trio of contemporary operas, Our Own JJ confesses he just doted on Heartbreak Express, but “You Us We All was not my cup of twee.” [New York Observer]

Where’s the fire?

“Everyone complains about how there is no great singing in opera anymore, but last week’s performances suggest that’s not so. The singing today is mostly fine; it’s everything else that’s the problem.” Our Own JJ was a little underwhelmed by both Tannhäuser and The Bonfire of the Vanities. [New York Observer]

Man of steel

“This throwback to the golden age of opera—superhuman singing greeted with frenzied ovations—was a function of a perfect storm of excitement: a performance of Verdi’s 1853 spellbinder to rank with one’s rosiest recollections of past glories, in combination with a poignant human story that left both cast and audience dissolved in tears.” [New York Observer]



Read and heed!

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Summer nights

“Those kids in Bushwick have this opera thing figured out.”

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Guilt trip

Part of what makes opera seem, at least, a camp art form is that fans of the genre have such inconsistent taste.

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Bum’s rush

Our Own JJ reviews Orlando and Early Shaker Spirituals in the Observer.

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Crack that Whip!

Ham and ex

Our Own JJ was only semi-amused.

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Time and again I would try to say

Our own publisher and New York Observer scribe Julie Jordan James Jorden plays pundit again for WQXR’s “Conducting Business.”

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Don Carlo

Sometimes just pretzels and beer

Our Own JJ crunches the numbers at the Met and LoftOpera in the New York Observer.

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