Cher Public

  • PCally: The DVD is my personal favorite of the opera, even if it’s not the most beautifully sung. The cast is overwhelming 8:44 PM
  • Greg.Freed: Toyota ho! 7:47 PM
  • armerjacquino: Nissan Dorma. 7:40 PM
  • armerjacquino: Well, if we’re counting singers, there’s James Morris. And if we’re counting translations, there’s... 7:40 PM
  • kashania: Thanks for such a witty review, Greg. I’ve seen a few highlights of this production and like what I saw. 7:24 PM
  • Operngasse: Does the production try to make anything out what I’ll term a visual pun between the character Mercedes and the use of a... 7:18 PM
  • armerjacquino: You get a Hall Pass for that one. 6:21 PM
  • Porgy Amor: From a distance, it would be an easy mistake to make even for someone who does know what Bieito looks like. They’re... 6:08 PM

Roberto Devereux: Tragedy Mirrored

Devereux Leyla GencerBy the time Roberto Devereux saw its premiere at Napoli’s Teatro San Carlo on 29 October, 1837, Gaetano Donizetti had lost, in an 18-month time frame, both his parents, two still-born children, and his beloved wife Virginia. (Ten years later, the unfortunate composer, after a gradual descent into madness, met a grisly end, from complications of syphilis.) The opera was completed a month after his wife’s death. We can scarcely imagine how the composer, in his grief, summoned up the means to create an opera—and one that so often teems with his richest levels of inspiration.  Read more »

Happy Birthday Raina Kabaivanska!

kabaivanskaThe Bulgarian diva was born December 15, 1934. Read more »