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Everything in the garden.

A buddy once remarked that if a conservatory’s doing evening-length Mozart, it’s probably La finta giardinera, an early opus about fakery in a garden. (“Well, that, or I guess maybe like Amadeus or something…?”) Read more »

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new Dane

Alas, poor Faccio. You may not have known him at all.  Read more »

We love you, Ms. Hannigan

Last week, Joni Mitchell celebrated her 74th birthday amidst a surprising amount of media coverage for a “milestone” so arbitrary. Could Barbara Hannigan be Mitchell’s classical counterpart?  Read more »

Change the world – I want to get off

A dozen women or more talk and sing about all sort of important and exciting things, with “a man” near the bottom of their list of priorities.

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Splendeurs et misères des courtisanes

A wonderfully committed Ailyn Pérez and Gerald Finley at Saturday afternoon’s revival abetted by Emmanuel Villaume’s passionate conducting converted me to a Thaïs believer.

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Allowing the birds to nest in your hair

In the seventies and eighties Dominick Argento (who turned ninety this year) was one of the most oft-performed of American opera composers.

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Look at these people: aren’t they eerie?

I’ve always believed that Follies, like life, should be relentless and inescapable.

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Babylon revisited

What if you could time travel back to the first run of Giuseppe Verdi’s first great success Nabucco?

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The last ruse of summer

Flotow’s Martha, a work of 1847 that was popular around the world for a hundred years.

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Double Doge dare

The second DVD/Blu-ray with Plácido Domingo as Verdi’s other beleaguered Doge, Francesco in I due Foscari.

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