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  • Batty Masetto: Italian Wikipedia: Gioacchino è un nome proprio di persona italiano maschile. Varianti:... 9:16 AM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: I think it’s due to pregnancy, rather than where San Francisco is situated. 8:59 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Yes and especially that is off the beaten track. I remember when I lived there it took... 8:55 AM
  • Hippolyte: This won’t be the last performance of Violetta that Yoncheva cancels this year–the... 8:51 AM
  • WindyCityOperaman: Born on this day in 1706 composer Giovanni Battista Martini httpv://www.you... 8:46 AM
  • oedipe: P.S. The spelling with 2Cs may have something to do with French pronunciation: Gioachino spelled with... 8:38 AM
  • phoenix: Thanks for the report, Cicci – more often than not I don’t agree with critics – I... 8:37 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: n der Vorstellung von La traviata am 25. April 2014 wird Aurelia Florian die Partie der... 8:30 AM
  • oedipe: Here’s what French Wiki says: Gioachino Rossini — Gioacchino Rossini pour certains auteurs... 8:25 AM
  • DellaCasaFan: Good clues! There is only one C in Rossini’s signature. Here’s his short letter... 8:11 AM

Bark, not Bayreuth

Is Der Ring des Nibelungen responsible for the transformation of Seattle from a gray, damp, low-rise Boeing company town where half the jokes had punchlines in Norwegian (and were about lutefisk in any case) into today's booming cultural metropolis? I like to think so. The Ring has certainly been central to the process, in three incarnations over almost forty years. Read more »

Our retrospection will now be all to the future


La Cieca predicts you will be seeing more of the same old puritans at the Met next season, and she’s not just talking about the ones who slouch around during intermission hissing, “You call that a trill?” But uou will also see six new productions (including a Met premiere of a 21st century work) and the local debut of one of opera’s most controversial stage directors. Read more »

A boozy short leave

After 23 years, the Queen of Carthage has finally made it to Manhattan. On Wednesday night, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival hosted the Mark Morris Dance Group’s acclaimed 1989 production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Rose Theater, and Morris who created the double role of Dido and the Sorceress for himself and danced it exclusively for over a decade was there–this time as conductor–with Stephanie Blythe singing the two roles from the pit as she had done last fall in Berkeley.   Read more »