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  • soubrettino: I love a good Rondine. The Doretta’s dream is done to death IMHO, and I prefer Magda’s second aria.... 3:59 AM
  • manou: As I am in the mood for an excruciating bilingual pun (and when am I not?), I will ask whether the stage holes are green. 3:57 AM
  • NPW-Paris: “Netrebko herself took a tumble in one of the Paris Opera potholes.” With whom? 2:52 AM
  • NPW-Paris: In true French style it was announced that A.Netrebko would be replaced by “Madame Eh”. I wonder how they might... 2:50 AM
  • CwbyLA: Great review Albert! So informative. It was a great pleasure to read it. I saw the work in Santa Fe last year. It was my first... 2:25 AM
  • Vergin Vezzosa: My out on a limb guess for Salome next season at the Met is Lisa Lindstrom. Please not Nada M.. Next week we will know. 2:18 AM
  • NPW-Paris: As it happens, so did I. I only ever saw her once before in in I Capuleti, and it wasn’t a great evening – at... 1:39 AM
  • Niel Rishoi: A sheer pleasure to read your intelligent words, Albert – thank you so much! 1:17 AM

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 »