Cher Public

  • Camille: MasterMistakes. 7:18 PM
  • Camille: Oh. Where and in what role did you hear him, may I ask, Paysan? You see, until and if I hear him live I’ll not draw any... 7:14 PM
  • Paysan Bleu: I am pretty sure that her fiancé will be Des Grieux https://www.facebo ok.com/permalink.p hp?story_fbid=1627 385117545619&a... 6:26 PM
  • gustave of montreal: Anyone remembers the pirated recordings of EJS ? 6:25 PM
  • gustave of montreal: Must be the Alcina performances at Covent Garden sometime between 1961 and 1963 that I attended deadly bored. We... 6:21 PM
  • Hippolyte: Unhappy news and distressing plans: Kelli O’Hara in Purcell? Deborah Voigt in Gilbert and Sullivan? Why? http://artsbea... 5:58 PM
  • aulus agerius: “To enhance the opera’s dramatic impact for today’s audience the directors update the story…” ; This quote... 5:53 PM
  • Bill: Jungfer – do not know Dasch’s repertoire - Elisabeta in Don Carlo, Donna Elvira, Eglantine, Ellen Oxford, Emma, not... 5:43 PM

Breaking dawn

When Giuseppe Filianoti isn’t busy being one of the world’s more versatile tenors (as he will be next season at the Met, headlining La rondine and La clemenza di Tito), he plays detective. The latest target of his crafty Calabrian grey cells is the score to Francesco Cilèa’s L’Arlesiana, which he will perform in concert next week at Theater Freiburg, and in typically tenorial fashion, his discovery involves a “lost” aria for his character of Federico. Read more »

Cross purposes

fedora_amazonIt was while attending a performance of Fédora in Naples in 1885 that eighteen year-old Umberto Giordano fell in love with Sardou’s then immensely popular play; the protagonist was none other than Sarah Bernhardt, the creator of the title role.

He immediately asked the French dramatist to sell him the rights, a request Sardou did not even take into consideration.  After the composer scored modest successes with Marina, Mala vita and Regina Diaz, Sardou seemed almost persuaded to relent, although the publisher Sonzogno considered the author’s financial demands too excessive.  Only after the triumph of Andrea Chénier did Sardou and Sonzogno come to an agreement, and Giordano was finally able to devote himself to his long-awaited project. Read more »

Is Renée Renata reborn?

Following the jump, snippets of all the tracks on the new “Verismo” album, as performed by America’s Soprano.  Read more »