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  • Lohengrin: Every singer of Rule Britannia makes a joke on his/her dress. Hampson wore a half Union Jack / half Stars and Stripes shirt;... 1:53 AM
  • Buster: Did anyone go to Martha? Not an opera done too often these days, and it looks worth seeing. Final performance today:... 1:37 AM
  • Buster: Thanks a lot for sharing this. Particulalrly happy to have heard Yvonne Minton’s Sesto six years before her live Clemenza for... 1:26 AM
  • DerLeiermann: Wow. She’s really wonderful. I love her low notes. 1:25 AM
  • Betsy_Ann_Bobolink: This has been a successful marketing ploy at Helena Grand Opera and Barbecue for years. I’m glad to see the rest... 1:12 AM
  • Betsy_Ann_Bobolink: Absolutely. I couldn’t agree more. And I’m glad to see that it is occurring in areas other than opera.... 12:57 AM
  • Sempre liberal: Are you talking about the gypsy girls and the matadors from Madrid at Flora’s party? I thought they were product... 12:30 AM
  • DonCarloFanatic: They took it down very fast. Usually they forget to check on a weekend. Oh, well. I saw most of it live. Love the... 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 »