Cher Public

  • operablogger: One of the perils of performing in a high school gymnasium, I guess. With this hall named for Tchaikovsky, he should be... 9:35 PM
  • Porgy Amor: There is also a Pearl Fishers duet with Wainwright and David Byrne that has been shared here before. Wainwright does know... 9:32 PM
  • Sanford: httpv://www.youtub mg1zCuM 9:16 PM
  • Porgy Amor: It’s a great album, Poses. I like some things he’s done on either side of it, but nothing as much. 8:59 PM
  • mjmacmtenor: Princess Ida is a bit uneven, but it has some excellent moments. Since it is rarely done, I would not miss it. It is the only... 8:54 PM
  • antikitschychick: So yesterday I DIED at Tosca. Coincidentally, 91 years ago today, Puccini also died. Before I write my ‘review&#... 8:39 PM
  • Batty Masetto: Mrs JC, I was pleasantly surprised to see a substantial percentage of what I would guess to be under-40s at Meistersinger... 8:36 PM
  • LT: Gounod – Repentir httpv://www.youtub CSKFQm0 8:25 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.”