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  • Quanto Painy Fakor: On this day Susan Danis warns of the possible demise of the Florida Grand Opera if they... 10:09 AM
  • Poison Ivy: Thanks! As for the expletives … uh, well, lol. 10:09 AM
  • Poison Ivy: Sorry here’s her operabase. http://operabase.c om/a/Liudmyla_Mona styrska/10472 10:08 AM
  • Poison Ivy: In fairness to the Met and her schedule in the past few years has been lots of Aidas … 10:08 AM
  • Milady DeWinter: Forgive the typos. More coffee needed. “BlartedR 21; = blare and fart, mix in... 10:06 AM
  • Poison Ivy: The conducting was even slower last night. The overture actually sounded asleep. And the... 10:05 AM
  • Porgy Amor: Hmm…well, now I am curious to hear it. If it is Vickers, then a lot of people, including... 10:03 AM
  • Milady DeWinter: Well done Ivy. I was so looking forward to this too – and felt your disappointment... 10:03 AM
  • DellaCasaFan: Porgy and Ouf, it’s available on Spotify (for free). Just enter “fidelio karajan... 9:40 AM
  • 98rsd: I saw two acts of the dress rehearsal: there were indeed NO words coming from the soprano. But other... 9:37 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 »