Bringing up Babylon

Contralto Delphine Galou.

Since tomorrow will be “Met Reveal Thursday,” “Trove Valentine’s Day” further stokes Semiramis-fever with another of the celebrated works about the infamous queen: La Semiramide riconosciuta, a superb 1729 opera by Nicola Porpora.  Read more »

Final curtain

Weeks ago the world was saddened but not surprised at the “news” that Dmitri Hvorostovsky had died. When it turned out that many usually reliable news sources had erroneously reported it, we all rejoiced. Unfortunately today we have learned—and it’s been reliably confirmed—that the magnetic Russian baritone has succumbed to the brain cancer that he had fought so bravely the past few years. “Trove Thursday” pays tribute to Hrovostovsky by presenting a broadcast of his final new role, Rubinstein’s The Demon.  Read more »