Cher Public

  • m. croche: You know, this whole idea that people of color (among many others) might take offense at the sight of a white actor blacking-up... 7:20 PM
  • aulus agerius: I see that Botstein at Bard is offering Iris this summer. Their website says the nearest public transit is Rhinecliff + a 9... 7:15 PM
  • fletcher: I was referring to Los Angeles, sorry. 6:32 PM
  • calaf47: The tenor lost his voice in the act 1 finale..and had to sing many phrases down the octave…ruini ng the melodic line. He... 6:27 PM
  • The Poet Lenski: Roberto De Biasio, Gwyn Hughes Jones and Roberto Alagna are singing Pinkerton. Secco has no scheduled performances as... 6:27 PM
  • phoenix: I like Anna Pirozzi, too. Here’s one for armerjac: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=fcaV JhVtCeU 6:23 PM
  • phoenix: Met website lists Roberto De Biasio as Pinkerton for the February nights(and some later April performances). httpv://www.you... 6:10 PM
  • m. croche: Hi there, C.B.: Thanks for the clarification. (I found that Twitter debate – yikes!) Keep up the good fight. P.S. Could... 5:48 PM

Things never change, Jo

dame_joIn a tidbit sure to warm the cockles of Our Own Vicar of John Wakefield, beloved artist Dame Josephine Barstow will return to the ‘boards’ of the Gran Teatre de Liceu in April 2011.  The legendary septuagenarian singing actress will be heard in the pivotal rôle of “Mummy Lucy” in Richard Jones‘s inscenation of Rustic Chivalry.

Vicar’s delight

britannia“To Kettles Yard in Cambridge for the premiere of a new song cycle by Richard Baker, performed by baritone Christopher Purves and pianist Andrew West. Having started off in Harvey and the Wallbangers, Purves is now a rising British operatic star: he will sing Beckmesser at Welsh National Opera alongside Bryn Terfel in Die Meistersinger this summer and, he told me, will make his La Scala debut in Peter Grimes in a couple of years. One day this man will make a wonderful Wotan.” [The Guardian]

‘Zoo story

Photo: Cory Weaver, San Francisco Opera
No, Ann Murray will not perform the role of the Marquise de Berkenfield at the Met, as announced previously when Felicity Palmer withdrew from the role.  With Jean Rigby and Rebecca de Pont Davies booked up years in advance, the Met will muddle through somehow with Meredith Arwady, who hails from a place implausibly called “Kalamazoo.”