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  • NPW-Paris: Their latest issue is Gounod’s Cinq-Mars, with Mathias Vidal, Tassis Christoyannis, Véronique Gens, etc., and the Münchner... 6:44 AM
  • NPW-Paris: And later the Opéra Comique joined in, and the Palazzetto Bru Zane with some very interesting recordings. 5:39 AM
  • redbear: It was a continuing chapter in the French rediscovering their own musical history and it is one of the great stories of my... 4:39 AM
  • manou: Kurzak has this pronounced widow’s peak (think evil Queen in Snow White) and they did replicate it quite well with the wig,... 4:22 AM
  • NPW-Paris: It was in February 2007 at the Bastille, with Anick Massis, Anna-Caterina Antonacci and Chris Merritt, and yes, the blog has a... 1:33 AM
  • zinka: 26:52 is the duet….. 12:38 AM
  • zinka: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=a7kN -KxKL7w LEYLA!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!! Papian was chest-less when I saw her..She is... 12:37 AM
  • Batty Masetto: Definitely a wig, though unusually for BSO, a pretty good one. I noticed a major change in her hair before her scene in... 11:31 PM

Martyr system

Other than Israel in Egypt and Messiah, Handel’s English oratorios aren’t all that different from his operas—characters under duress trading da capo arias—except for all those choruses. But what choruses! William Christie’s Les Arts Florissants made a much-anticipated appearance at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival Saturday performing Theodora and the always stellar group reveled in that demanding work’s magnificent choruses transforming them into the highpoints of an otherwise oddly unmoving evening.  Read more »

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 »