Cher Public

  • Fidelia: Thank you, Manou. I read your review with interest (vested or otherwise). Not too long, and written with your usual *style... 7:24 AM
  • Cicciabella: Best brows in the business. 7:13 AM
  • Cicciabella: My impression is that he had prepared ahead, at least by reading about the plot, and that some of the naivety was pretend.... 7:12 AM
  • La Valkyrietta: Thank you manou, so happy for you it was musically enjoyable. I cringed reading about the koncept or whatever and hope the... 7:04 AM
  • turings: Thanks, manou! Not at all tl;dr :) 7:04 AM
  • turings: That’s a pity. I have tickets to see Tézier in the Macbeth. I wonder will he sing the June run. I heard Calleja last night... 6:07 AM
  • turings: I don’t know if it’s that direct, Ivy, but there has been a lot of quite nuanced commentary about that and the... 5:56 AM
  • manou: I was in fact very pleased with myself (so what else is new) just for knowing that Ivy was referring to Game of Thrones. 5:28 AM

Feline AIDS continues unabated

“[J]udging singers in their 20s is truly difficult, especially with so much at stake for the finalists, including a $15,000 cash prize for each winner. Comparably gifted pianists in their 20s are much more likely to be technically assured and finished performers. Operatic voices, though, need long nurturing. Most young singers are still working out elements of their technique. Inevitably, the judges for these auditions are assessing the potential of the finalists as much as their actual performances. Moreover, as was made clear by the documentary film ‘The Audition,’ which followed the last round of the 2007 competition, performing in this concert could not be more high-pressure.” [Need You Ask?]