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  • RobNYNY: NOT merely versatile. 2:00 AM
  • RobNYNY: She is merely versatile is the sense that she can sing a lot of stuff. She is versatile in the sense... 1:59 AM
  • Buster: Thanks for the recommendation, Evenhanded. Will definitely listen to it:. http://www.voix... 12:45 AM
  • Krunoslav: “Valente was better than Cotrubas?” As Ilia, much. For one thing, she had a purer... 12:26 AM
  • alejandro: http://www.nytimes .com/2015/01/30/ny region/as-diva-is- cheered-protester- climbs-onto-sta... 12:21 AM
  • uwsinnyc: I was there too and enjoyed the evening. I thought the Iolanta production was inoffensive but the... 12:20 AM
  • alejandro: ^thank you. I think my confusion is more over the production. I think it was directed in heavy... 12:18 AM
  • Batty Masetto: Alejandro, if you want a better sense of Bluebeard you couldn’t do much better than the... 12:14 AM
  • alejandro: A friend told me they were protesting Ukraine and not the gay rights thing. My bad. 12:02 AM
  • alejandro: I was there. IOLANTA was marvelous. I am not a Beczala fan but this was amazing singing tonight.... 11:50 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 »