Cher Public

  • Krunoslav: Odd that Sharapova has yet to be hired by DG, or Peter Gelb. 8:03 AM
  • Krunoslav: Maria [horses neigh offstage] Müller 8:02 AM
  • armerjacquino: Lucie Kasparkova is STRAIGHT into the ‘soprano or tennis player?’ game. 7:53 AM
  • Gualtier M: I think it was Maria Muller who Ponselle didn’t like who she called the washerwoman. Ponselle also wasn’t crazy... 7:32 AM
  • Krunoslav: Very tough to find examples. The opera house in Kosice, Slovakia this season alternated two sopranos as the Komponist, Lucie... 7:27 AM
  • Krunoslav: I recall another Ponselle denigration of Easton’s virtuosity, saying how , yes, maybe she could sing everything but maybe... 7:02 AM
  • armerjacquino: The truly bizarre thing was when soprano Veronique Gens sang Elvira at CG but still took the mezzo transposition in... 6:53 AM
  • armerjacquino: Read it again. I didn’t say anything about negating her current performances. 6:49 AM

Sticks and stones

Here’s a story in which practically nobody in authority comes off well. Daniel Harding conducts a concert at La Scala that includes a selection from Tristan und Isolde, about which the Corriere della Sera‘s venerable critic Paolo Isotta snipes “Harding’s conducting was so soft it made you think he wanted to back the unfounded theory that Wagner was homosexual.” So then La Scala’s GM Stéphane Lissner kicks Isotta off the press list for the company: he can still review Scala events but will have to pay for his own ticket. [The Telegraph]