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  • Lindoro Almaviva: not available in the USA, oh well 3:01 PM
  • Chanterelle: Oui, c’est ça. Why I asked about workarounds. 2:59 PM
  • messa di voce: Connais tu le pays ou cette video est disponible? 2:55 PM
  • bluecabochon: The house was papered again last night and there were empty pockets here and there despite... 2:53 PM
  • Billys Butt: I’m not saying it was. I made a statement about the acting of Scotto, Rysanek, Callas,... 2:53 PM
  • Lady Abbado: Also speaking in generalities, the epistemic problem with the need to “see” a... 2:50 PM
  • Cicciabella: Seconded. If you need to “see” a performer for their performance to be successful,... 2:38 PM
  • Buster: My pleasure Grim – this is how she looked for the second half, très Patsy: http://imagizer... 2:38 PM
  • Chanterelle: Ah, you mean with everyone who can READ. Thanks, La Cieca! 2:36 PM
  • kashania: Voigt might make sense because even if she is nice person as her public persona indicates, she was... 2:24 PM

Farinelli from heaven

Many contemporary opera-lovers must rue that they can never hear such 19th century icons as Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient or Adolphe Nourrit or the Garcia sisters, Maria Malibran and Pauline Viardot. But my impossible wish would be to hear one of the great castrati who dominated opera for most of the 18th century. I’m not the only one intrigued by these (mercifully) now-extinct musical anomalies—it’s a fascination that continues into the 21st century as heard on three variously compelling recent castrato-oriented CDs by countertenors David Hansen, Franco Fagioli and Philippe Jaroussky. In addition, the latter’s current US tour stopped by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Grace Rainey Rogers auditorium Tuesday evening. Read more »

Happy Birthday Philippe Jaroussky!

The French countertenor is 35 years old today. Read more »