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  • Poison Ivy: Great review John. You know way more about music than I do. With that being said am I the only... 9:30 AM
  • messa di voce: “it became so apparent how powerfully a couple of big doners influence over what we can... 9:17 AM
  • Indiana Loiterer III: No, the Rumor scene was not cut until after the first run of performances (including... 8:51 AM
  • Liz.S: Oh they are already demanding Gelb’s head – “Gelb must go!” “The entire... 8:49 AM
  • Will: Virtually all those leading the protests in NYC (which climaxed last night with protesters in... 8:49 AM
  • Poison Ivy: I don’t think there’s anything wrong to give the hijackers a backstory. But the... 8:48 AM
  • uwsinnyc: This is a really tough one. And I like the way it says the ban applies equally to men and women!... 8:36 AM
  • LittleMasterMiles: Wasn’t the Rumor scene was cut before the American premiere of the opera at BAM?... 8:15 AM
  • pasavant: The French ban on face veils in public is rooted not in intolerance, but in respect for individual... 8:11 AM
  • pasavant: Were there any Muslims in the audience? If so, were they in “drag?” ; 7:45 AM

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 »