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  • LT: Domingo’s Salzburg gala with Villazon, Stoyanova, Agresta and Martinez. http://www.br.de/r adio/br-klassik/mu enchner-rundfun... 8:22 PM
  • armerjacquino: Frazzoni was THE Minnie for a while, wasn’t she? 8:07 PM
  • WindyCityOperaman: RIP singer Cilla Black httpvh://www.youtu be.com/watch?v=8lQ OJxBDV5s 7:59 PM
  • oscar: Cossotto sang the smaller role of Sister Mathilde in the premiere. Gigliola Frazzoni sang the Mother Marie. She was a dramatic... 7:54 PM
  • Batty Masetto: Aulus, I saw Pippin’s version of Martha too back in the day – absolutely charming. I also remember an... 6:53 PM
  • mjmacmtenor: Here is the La Scala performance – in Italian as Poulenc requested. Besides Virginia Zeani as Blanche, there is Leyla... 6:39 PM
  • mjmacmtenor: I have just recently been reading “Show Boat – Performing Race in An American Musical” by Todd Decker. An... 6:05 PM
  • mjmacmtenor: An early Kahn appearance on Tonight Show back in the Johnny Carson days. Wish there were some good clips from her She Loves... 5:57 PM

Equal rites

As with all good myths, certainly all the myths at the heart of Wagner’s operas, the juggling of symbols and archetypes and themes in Parsifal opens the piece to a great variety of interpretations. Many recent productions have twisted things in a way that seemed to strain or defy Wagner’s intricate libretto and lush, meticulous score: gray springtimes in a world beyond nuclear or environmental holocaust, that sort of thing. But the world of Wagner’s tale is, like our own, a world in crisis, on a razor’s edge. That’s bound to resonate with contemporary directors. They then have many options in setting out the workings of the crisis in this fable of a solution to whatever may be broken.   Read more »