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  • messa di voce: Thank you, La Cieca. I stand by my contention that Gelb, though he has had his bombs, has also... 7:59 AM
  • Often admonished: Yes. There are some large voices where one’s immediate reaction is WOA and you want... 7:55 AM
  • imhere: Union labor, as a percentage of expenditures, is actually lower under Peter than it was under Joe... 7:55 AM
  • jrance: Stoyanova sounded gorgeous ten years ago but the Met Desdemona (2013) showed an unpleasant widening... 7:55 AM
  • oedipe: According to a French opera forum, Die Welt gave the following info about the 2017 Bayreuth... 7:55 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: I believe Groissböck who is about 38 now will be the Sachs. She will be singing her first... 7:43 AM
  • PetertheModest: Why did Zeffirelli refuse to direct Meier ? She was not that awful as Carmen, though she was... 7:38 AM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: Herlitzius has a large voice by any standard. 7:16 AM
  • WindyCityOperaman: Born on this day in 1906 bass Gottlob Frick httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=1pzn PP19LPY... 6:50 AM
  • sdika: Stoyanova was amazing in Un Ballo in San Diego with great stage presence. Was surprised how good of an... 6:45 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 »