Cher Public

  • m. croche: I knew a guy who thought that Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1844?) faked his own death. 4:06 PM
  • armerjacquino: Shicoff is a very important part of the near-perfect ensemble on the old ROH video of BOHEME- with Cotrubas and Allen, and... 3:29 PM
  • armerjacquino: “and the way Ricciarelli probably would have had she sung the role” Unfair, I think. In her prime, she... 3:18 PM
  • PCally: I was listening to Sinopoli for the first time recently and I had a pretty mixed response. I’m a fan of the conducting... 2:46 PM
  • armerjacquino: There is some truly fantastic singing on the Gardelli recording, even if it’s not dramatically the most riveting... 2:20 PM
  • zinka: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=pSVy YtwI9F8 I went to Bolena for Galvany..Suddenly this great (former) mezzo opens her mouth and... 2:13 PM
  • La Cieca: Why, in fact, should Levine do publicity for the Met? From the time of the creation of the universe, the Met has existed to do... 1:05 PM
  • irontongue: Levine wouldn’t do any publicity for the Met? Wow, that is truly shocking, both that he wouldn’t and that the Met... 12:53 PM

Closet drama

“I have a confession to make about Britten’s opera Billy Budd: I don’t like it very much. I struggle with its listless pace; its largely flat characters; the way its libretto, by E. M. Forster and Eric Crozier, prefers telling us what people are thinking rather than showing it.” That’s your London correspondent Zachary Woolfe in the New York Times.