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Aggrieved is the glorious work

The malodorous work behold amaz’d.

After a more than two month hiatus from reviewing, I was psyched. One of music’s soaring miracles and one of my very favorite works—Haydn’s Die Schöpfung—was being performed by an intriguing, buzzed-about conductor leading her own period-instrument orchestra and acclaimed chamber chorus in a provocative staging by the controversial Catalan theater collective La Fura dels Baus. What could go wrong? As it turned out: just about everything!  Read more »

You spin me right round, baby

“Labels play a hugely important role in our listening lives,” says Martin Cullingford in Gramophone, to which La Cieca replies, “Do they really?”

I want to livecast!

Our Own JJ returns to the webwaves tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 EDT for a very special parterre saturday afternoon: Gounod’s Faust starring the 1980s dream cast of Diana Soviero, Neil Shicoff, Samuel Ramey and Richard Stilwell, with Edoardo Mueller conducting. Plus, during the intermission, enjoy an exclusive two-part video interview with contemporary dream tenor Michael Fabiano.

“Ah, mascalzone, presto in prigione! Suzuki, il thè”

Here’s a set of comments that I think really captures the duality of YouTube — two criticisms of Jonas Kaufmann. I won’t say which I personally find more valid! 

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Class of the titans

Happy 80th birthday actress Dame Diana Rigg!

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“Neither wine nor apples can appease my desire”

“Trove Thursday” salutes the thrilling Ursula Schröder-Feinen with a special double-bill: a complete Salome followed by a rare Siegfried Brünnhilde.

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Bernstein’s Mess

“I think that if it’s not [Bernstein’s] worst, it surely reflects his worst tendencies…”

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No mockers and no scoffers

Born on this day in 1868 soprano Florence Foster Jenkins

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