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Mistress class

Maria Callas was unique; today, she is more legend than reality.  Charles Ludlam was unique; today, he is a legend sadly close to forgotten. Read more »

Broadcast: I Masnadieri

The opening night of a new production of Verdi’s opera (plus Lisette Oropesa‘s La Scala debut!) will be broadcast live starting at 2:00 PM.

È la solita storia del tenore

The marketing machine at Decca Classical is such a juggernaut some of you may be surprised to learn that Luciano Pavarotti has been dead for 12 years.  What with 24-bit remasterings and now Blu-ray reissues and re-packagings (back to the original covers…genius!)  the torrent of audio releases seems unending.  Read more »

Band in Boston

The Elector of Hannover, as is well known, kept a hippogriff, a creature long thought fabulous or at least extinct. In fact, he was in every way fabulous. The Elector hoped to fly to London on its back and descend to the throne should the moribund Queen Anne ever actually die. Alas, when she was finally found to be dead, in 1714, the animal had vanished and King George went to England by boat. Read more »

Number Ten

Burning down the house

Happy 76th birthday soprano Eva Marton.

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Something cool

Elina Garanca was radiantly present at Carnegie Hall Friday night performing a ravishingly somber Rückert-Lieder with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the MET Orchestra.

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Mr. Fabulous

Michael Fabiano is a boss. This is a fact. 

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Divine redeemer

Born on this day in 1818 composer Charles-François Gounod.

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