Cher Public

  • williams: …not to mention whether to use head or chest. 8:21 PM
  • Porgy Amor: I was just reading some classic (giggly) Caballé vocal pedagogy in a Telegraph piece from the ’90s. Excerpt: “When... 8:19 PM
  • -Ed.: and seeing a great regie production of an old favorite is like having your lover surprise you with a new sexual position. You know... 8:18 PM
  • -Ed.: Video snippet of Callas rehearsing Norma in 1964. New to me, looks professionally done. httpv:// com/watch?v=8X1lT5 Lb8-M 8:14 PM
  • mrsjohnclaggart: Armerjacquino, I’m with you! Caballe was notorious for applauding people after their arias. The worst was her... 8:05 PM
  • antikitschychick: I see. That makes sense. I draw the line at applauding at yourself/oneself. That I do find to be in poor taste; but... 7:45 PM
  • mrsjohnclaggart: Oh yes, dexter he was just like those old-fashioned opera singers who didn’t care who else was on stage as long as... 7:39 PM
  • armerjacquino: It’s seen as saying ‘weren’ ;t we great’? Applauding is the audience’s place to decide that. I... 7:36 PM

The cat didn’t come back

“Along with every other music journalist in New York, I was blindsided by this news. If ever there was a company that appeared the picture of fiscal and artistic good health, it was Gotham.” [New York Observer]

Fine dell’opera

It’s official. “Gotham Chamber Opera is ceasing operations and will be closing. The Board of Directors of Gotham Chamber Opera voted today to shut down the organization,” reads a press release from the organization.   Read more »

Jon Vickers 1926-2015

The legendary Canadian heldentenor died on Friday. He was 88.   Read more »


Margaret Juntwait 1957-2015

The host of the Metropolitan Opera’s Saturday Afternoon Radio Broadcasts and longtime public radio personality died today of complications from ovarian cancer. She was 58.

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Elena Obraztsova

Elena Obraztsova 1939-2015

The celebrated Russian mezzo-soprano has died. She was 75.

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Irene Dalis

Irene Dalis 1925-2014

The American mezzo-soprano and impresario died today in San Jose after a long illness. She was 89.

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Magda Olivero 1910-2014

The legendary Italian soprano Magda Olivero has died.

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Licia Albanese

Licia Albanese 1913-2014

La Cieca has just heard the sad news that the beloved soprano Licia Albanese died earlier this evening. She was 101.

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Carlo Bergonzi

Carlo Bergonzi 1924-2014

The legendary and beloved Italian tenor died earlier today. He was 90.

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Julius Rudel 1921-2014

The legendary conductor, mainstay of New York City Opera for 35 years, has died, says @nprclassical.

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