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  • derschatzgabber: At both of the Walkure performances I saw in SFO (once when Walkure was in the Fall season and once during a complete... 6:59 PM
  • antikitschychick: Gualtier, I thought about what and Niel Rishoi had to say about La Rad’s voice as I was watching the Roberto... 6:09 PM
  • antikitschychick: armerj: LOL a good point that is. Debating a more apt word is. Stressed out I am and two more final exams to go I have... 5:28 PM
  • Cicciabella: Ah, thank you, Porgy, for setting the record straight. 5:11 PM
  • armerjacquino: It was indeed a delightful post. (I don’t like quarreling. Only an idiot likes quarreling. Saying so will doubtless... 5:09 PM
  • antikitschychick: Cicciabella, for posting that review I thank you. (Also, email you about my spring break trip I must! Amsterdam... 5:09 PM
  • grimoaldo: hahaha Particularly interested in this debate I am not but most entertained by this post I certainly was, delightfully written... 5:04 PM
  • antikitschychick: Armerj, smart and righteous you are but taking what I said to the extreme you are because like to quarrel you do ;-).... 4:56 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 »