Cher Public

  • LT: She already sang the 4 roles in Hoffmann (inc. Antonia) a few years ago. 3:52 PM
  • antikitschychick: Well DellaCasaFan, according to the Future Met Wiki, Jonas Kaufmann and Marcelo Alvarez are slated to sing Cavarodossi... 3:33 PM
  • LT: Remember that even Devia with her modest volume sings Norma, quite successfully at that. It’s not Turandot, after all. 3:08 PM
  • DellaCasaFan: Netrebko’s Tosca is the best part, I agree, but also hope it would not mean Mr. Netrebko will be her future Mario as... 2:58 PM
  • antikitschychick: p.s. brilliant headline by La Cieca as usual! and p.p.s am so glad to hear Pollione in the Met’s Norma will be... 2:43 PM
  • manou: Thank goodness we have antik to teach us antiques “the new small talk” (as Higgins says in Pygmalion). 2:43 PM
  • antikitschychick: Yes those Toscas will certainly be “an event” Kash and I’m sure you’ll enjoy AN in the title... 2:36 PM
  • Chenier631: Interesting turn of events to be sure. I am excited that SRad will be doing the new Norma here in NY. Her previous... 1:59 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 »