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  • ML: I’m not sure Hvoro’s comments were eccentric. I’m not sure, either, why Bluevicks... 2:56 AM
  • Buster: And she portrays Agathe as a real person instead of an angelical zombie. That must have come from... 2:40 AM
  • Buster: Charlotte Margiono in the Konwitschny Freischütz. Never saw that before! Love it when an Agathe sings... 2:06 AM
  • steveac10: And if they’re right somebody needs to alert the likes of Farrar, Jeritza, Kirsten, Moffo... 12:52 AM
  • Poison Ivy: Well … then buy cheaper seats. Just sayin’. 11:47 PM
  • Flora del Rio Grande: Rant? I don’t think so. But thanks, Kashie. Laddie — for anything, even... 10:29 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Maybe we WERE all there! I had been on vacation in Provincetown and we flew... 9:44 PM
  • operaassport: That could probably be arranged :) 9:24 PM
  • m. croche: And for those who can’t wait to find out what tracks will be on Hvorostovsky’ ;s new... 9:12 PM
  • Bill: Milady – Jurinac and Seefried have been the best soprano Octavians I have seen – and... 9:10 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 »