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  • Poison Ivy: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=KeYf -rhMQIQ 10:15 AM
  • operadunce: According to the article the doctors are all volunteers. They get to see the show for free though. 9:47 AM
  • PCally: I the first time I saw her live in Jenufa I barely knew who she was. It was really an amazingly... 9:45 AM
  • Rackon: Thanks for posting this JML – I’m looking forward to listening to it on (my day off)... 9:36 AM
  • LT: That must be a sweet job. Peddling tylenol to indisposed singers and getting a good salary and benefits... 9:34 AM
  • PCally: Bill, Popp sang a records only Elisabeth in the late 1980s for Bernard Haitink. Tbh I imagine she... 9:25 AM
  • semira mide: Amused that the Times mentioned the seat location for the house doctor. Perhaps the Met will be... 8:58 AM
  • Buster: Barton sings the Alto Rhapsody at the Proms: http://www.bbc.co. uk/events/e9nrzc Kaufmann and De... 8:05 AM
  • Ilka Saro: I remember watching Westbroek a few years ago as Sieglinde. During the whole long duet at the end... 6:53 AM
  • Buster: Frankfurt 15-6 looks great: http://www.oper-fr ankfurt.de/de/page 1019.cfm 5:13 AM

Gone in sixty seconds

Out of nowhere, Santa Fe Opera’s chief conductor Frédéric Chaslin has resigned his position. “According to Santa Fe Opera’s press release, he cited his concert and recording commitments with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (which he joined as music director beginning with the 2011-12 season) and his desire to spend more time composing as reasons for his decision.” [Santa Fe New Mexican]

Desert fox

Karol Szymanowski’s 1926 King Roger was the sleeper hit of SFO’s season, not so much for its weird, mystical theme and feeble libretto but because the music is powerfully effective and Evan Rogister handled the shimmering, richly expressionistic orchestral writing with consummate skill. The choral writing is ravishing, especially the ecclesiastical Russian-sounding opening movement that emerges from the stark sounds of bells and gongs.   Read more »

The desert song

You Parterrestrials know all about Santa Fe Opera’s amazing mountain setting and open-sided theater affording breathtaking sunsets, weather-related drama and–when the back stage wall is opened–starry backdrops, but it was my first visit, so indulge me a little. The seashore setting of Bizet’s Pearl Fishers featured genuine skies with threatening clouds and a golden sunset. Desert breezes blew through the theater as King Roger experienced his first orgy. And real stars pinpointed a deep blue sky for “E lucevan le stelle.” Sigh.  Read more »

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You will, David, you will

La Cieca hears that parterre fave David Daniels will get all eponymous and stuff for a world premiere opera entitled Oscar, based on the life of Oscar Wilde, for Santa Fe Opera in 2013, with Opera Company of Philadelphia to follow.  The work is to boast music by Theodore Morrison and a libretto and stage direction by John Cox.

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