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  • Feldmarschallin: Tebaldi the best Santuzza on disc? That is the funniest thing I have heard in a long time.... 2:36 PM
  • ML: Eeeeewwww. Too much info … . 2:16 PM
  • Camille: …have we fucking lost all discernment or is the voice just soooooo stunning live that critical... 2:08 PM
  • Krunoslav: I thought Barkmin sounded like end-of-career Malfitano when I heard her in Toronto last year. A... 2:07 PM
  • robertovillalba: The RCA Tebaldi-Bjoerling- Bastianini/Erede “Cavalleria Rusticana” was recorded... 2:06 PM
  • Clita del Toro: Oh, really? Thank you, Cammiest. ya live and loin! 1:51 PM
  • Operngasse: I hope you get to see Fidelio. I was lucky enough to see Vickers sing Florestan at the Met (1979?... 1:49 PM
  • RosinaLeckermaul: Having heard Goerke in FRAU and recent broadcasts, I simply can’t imagine her as... 1:34 PM
  • Lohengrin: Did anyone discuss the divorse of Calleja? 1:33 PM
  • RosinaLeckermaul: The singing is magnificent on that recording — my favorite of CAVs. Tebaldi’s... 1:27 PM

Lost in space

It’s rare to encounter a video of an opera that has zero redeeming qualities, but I think I might have found it: the latest Arena di Verona La Traviata. It’s truly awful from every perspective: singing, acting, production, musical values. There’s really just no reason it’s on the market. The liner notes say that the performance took place in 2011. It should have stayed in the vaults.   Read more »

Past perfect

With much laying-on of fanfares and gift boxes our friends at Decca Classics have unleashed Luciano Pavarotti Edition 1: The First Decade on a weary and satiated public. This is the inaugural offering of a planned troika of box sets commemorating the business dealings of the Modenese tenor to that British label. There was no holier alliance in all of classical recording (save Karajan and whatever label he deemed worthy) since, unlike the vast majority of classical artists, Luciano Pavarotti sold enough records to not only underwrite the projects he participated in but to keep Decca flush from the ensuing tsunami of coin his fans generated. Which is why, dear friends, they’re celebrating, not his birth or memorial but… the date of his contract signing.   Read more »

Great shakes

The little opera companies of New York are like chanterelles: Some years they sprout everywhere and you can savor the scent in the woodsy air; other seasons they’re hard to find and unsatisfying when you stumble on a patch. New York’s got lots of untapped vocal talent but you never know which companies will have their ears screwed on straight.   Read more »

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Practical magic

Notable purveyor of mayhem and infanticide Medea has lately been missing from the local operatic scene, but Sunday afternoon sections of the recently renovated Alice Tully Hall were singed by Canadian soprano Dominique Labelle’s blazing incarnation of the Greek sorceress.

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The secret of nymph

Mark Morris’ staging of Acis and Galatea at Lincoln Center is everything good about summer condensed into two hours.

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One charming afternoon

In recent years the enterprising Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble has brightened the usually arid weeks of August in New York City with some worthy operatic showcases for young singers.

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The lion in stereo

A great man has passed and our consolation is that so much of his art has been preserved for us on recordings.

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Tomb raider

Despite the continued popularity of Der Freischütz in German-speaking countries, are the magical mature operas of Carl Maria von Weber otherwise really so problematic, their libretti so unwieldy to explain their continued absence from the world’s stages?

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Fairy tale

“Conduct Salome and Elektra as if they were by Mendelssohn: Fairy music.” Seriously, how often has that happened?

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Indian summer

“Who will dare dance with me the ancient Dagger-Dance of the Californians?”

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