Cher Public

  • m. croche: “I think New York feels envious in one way and critical in another way of all the new operatic activity taking place... 7:43 PM
  • Bill: Camille – James King was a wonderful Bacchus and until later in his career seemed to sail through the role with only the... 7:14 PM
  • Bluebeard: whom I have found….apologies. 7:13 PM
  • Bluebeard: Joyce Didonato, Anna Caterina Antonacci, Cecilia Bartoli are just a few who I find or have found excellent on recording in... 7:13 PM
  • Bill: Amerjacquino – I saw Murray a number of times as the Komponist in Vienna and never much liked her in the role – no... 7:10 PM
  • Kassandra: Speaking of Theodora, the 1st of September (already overseas) was for the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzance) the beginning of the... 6:57 PM
  • steveac10: So by your terms, Flagstad should have stuck to Fledermaus and Faust for the balance of her career and never ventured into the... 6:55 PM
  • Bill: Welser-Moest apparently prefers sopranos as the Komponist. And many sopranos could do the role these days but just no longer try it... 6:55 PM

Even smiling makes my face ache

Call it brio, joie de vivre, zest, élan vital, perhaps Lebenslust. You might even call it “fun.” But no matter what you call it, that’s not the mood Renée Fleming was in when she dropped in for lunch with Muse at Bloomberg.

Evil mutants

“Lyric Opera of Chicago announced today that the respected stage, film and television actor Patrick Stewart will co-host The Second City Guide to the Opera on Saturday, January 5 with internationally renowned soprano and Lyric Opera creative consultant Renée Fleming…. Fleming will perform with live musical accompaniment, and both she and Stewart [pictured] will share emcee duties and appear in satirical vignettes.” [Broadway World]