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Christian Ocier

Get in the ‘Ring’

Wagner’s Ring is an artistic masterpiece that is peerless in its ability to continually reveal layers of musical, theatrical, and philosophical insight every time I revisit an interpretation of this score.  Read more »

After the Fach

Parterrians are incredibly passionate and discerning lovers of opera. Conversations on vocal quality, sound production, style, range, and color, along with analyses of compatibility between a character’s vocal line and a singer’s instrument, often make the comments section an enlivening place to discuss our passion for the vocal arts.  Read more »

General Elektra

In May of 2019, Nina Stemme will scale the final summit of the heldensoprano Fach when she makes her role debut as the Färberin in Vienna. Over the span of her impressively cultivated career, the soprano has proven herself an incomparable artist in her piercing interpretations of Isolde, Brünnhilde, Salome, Elektra, and Kundry.  Read more »

The octogenarian muse

Helga Dernesch is the singer whom I largely credit for rekindling my love for opera.

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Love of the earth

Claudio Abbado passed away on the 20th of January five years ago, just months before I began my Ph.D.

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To the extreme

No other singer of Die Amme approaches the towering standard set by the German mezzo Tanja Ariane Baumgartner.

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Brute force

Alban Berg’s compact yet potent oeuvre has long played an outsized role in shaping my understanding of music’s aesthetic evolution.

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Hello young lovers, wherever you are

Fill in the leads for Manon Lescaut, La Rondine and Edgar.

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