Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin

An opera fanatic before his tenth birthday, Larry L. Lash (Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin) studied all aspects of theater and ballet at CUNY and American Ballet Theater School. After years of dancing, directing, and acting in New York City and Hollywood, he served a dozen years at PolyGram Records as an in-house producer and liner note author, followed by another five years as artistic director of a modern dance company. Upon relocating to Vienna in 2001, he chose journalism for the next stage of his career, and has since been a regular performing arts critic and correspondent for The Financial Times, Bloomberg, Variety, Musical America, Opera News, Ballet Review, The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, The Sondheim Review, and Andante, as well as Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveller, and various newspapers throughout America.


All they are saying is give peace a chance All they are saying is give peace a chance

Two of the greatest opera composers of the 20th century both happened to be gay and ardent pacifists.

on August 14, 2017 at 10:02 AM
The green hills of home The green hills of home

The principal cast members for the week’s Aida are all Wagnerians: Birgit Nilsson, Sándor Kónya, Rita Gorr and Cornell MacNeil.

on August 07, 2017 at 10:49 AM
Babes in arms Babes in arms

 La fille du regiment from Wiener Staatsoper with Julie Fuchs and John Tessier. 

on July 31, 2017 at 5:24 PM
Deine Divadienste will die Frau Deine Divadienste will die Frau

I wish to introduce our younger Parterrians to the magical Martha Mödl to commemorate the opening of the Bayreuther Festspiele which opens tomorrow afternoon. 

on July 24, 2017 at 12:21 PM
From the house of the immortals From the house of the immortals

On 07 May 2007 the air inside Theater an der Wien crackled with anticipation before the premiere of Leos Janácek’s Z mrtvého domu (From the House of the Dead) in a production by Patrice Chéreau conducted by Pierre Boulez. 

on July 17, 2017 at 8:45 AM
Operas on the verge of a nervous breakdown Operas on the verge of a nervous breakdown

It’s a pity that Francis Poulenc took so long to getting around to compose his operas.

on July 10, 2017 at 9:00 AM
Back to the beach Back to the beach

Now it’s time to grab Albert Einstein for a lengthy swim.

on June 26, 2017 at 12:44 PM
From Hell From Hell

In March 1973, OONY’s second season featured Francesca da Rimini starring Raina Kabaivanska, Plácido Domingo and Matteo Manuguerra.

on June 19, 2017 at 1:06 PM
Let me live by my wits and Trost to my luck Let me live by my wits and Trost to my luck

I finally get to complete my personal operatic Top Ten this week with Igor Stravinsky’s only full-length opera, The Rake’s Progress. 

on June 12, 2017 at 6:02 PM
Intermezzo (a love story) Intermezzo (a love story)

 The glorious and beloved Elisabeth Söderström tackles the fiendishly difficult role of Christine in a 1974 performance from Glyndebourne.

on June 05, 2017 at 3:14 PM
And one for Goethe! And one for Goethe!

Due to a small hiccup in scheduling at Casa della Cieca, this week you get two uploads!

on May 22, 2017 at 8:00 AM
T’would be a sacrilege to sing at another door T’would be a sacrilege to sing at another door

“Did you ever have the feeling that you wanted to go, and then you had the feeling that you wanted to stay?”  This soul-searching question is likely running through the mind of Renée Fleming.

on May 08, 2017 at 9:30 AM
How to train your dragoon How to train your dragoon

Let’s be honest: I was there for Kaufmann and Kühmeier, two of my favorite singers.

on May 01, 2017 at 4:50 PM
Bells are ringing Bells are ringing

Lakmé, stars Ruth Welting, Alfredo Kraus, and Paul Plishka, conducted by Nicola Rescigno. 

on April 25, 2017 at 9:25 AM
Lady With a Repertoire Lady With a Repertoire

“If you’ve overdosed on Der Rosenkavalier in the past week, let’s go back a few years to Richard Strauss’ first operatic hit: Salome.

on April 17, 2017 at 8:23 PM
Hold your peace Hold your peace

Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem with Anna Netrebko, Ian Bostrdge, and Thomas Hampson in an incredibly moving performance from the 2013 Salzburger Festspiele.

on April 11, 2017 at 8:00 AM
War, what is it good for? War, what is it good for?

Verdi’s ninth opera, Attila, offers all the noisy music from Nabucco without a “Va pensiero” to cherish.

on April 03, 2017 at 10:21 AM
Fire Walk with Me Fire Walk with Me

This week brings another opera about which we’ve heard a lot but have had few opportunities to see onstage: The Fiery Angel by Sergei Prokofiev.

on March 27, 2017 at 10:31 AM
Seconda la commedia, sta cheto e lascia far Seconda la commedia, sta cheto e lascia far

It’s been said that the final installment of the great trio of bel canto comedies is Don Pasquale, following Il barbiere di Siviglia and L’elisir d’amore.

on March 20, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Midcentury modern Midcentury modern

This week’s feature is a classic Salzburger Festspiele performance from 1959 with the all-star cast of Leopold Simoneau, Lisa Della Casa, Kurt Böhme, Erika Köth, Walter Berry, Hans Hotter, Graziella Sciutti and Karl Dönch conducted by George Szell.

on March 13, 2017 at 4:17 PM
Ready or not, here comes mama Ready or not, here comes mama

Opening night of La Scala in 1962 with Franco Corelli, Antonietta Stella, Fiorenza Cossotto, Ettore Bastianini, and Ivo Vinco.

on March 06, 2017 at 9:17 AM
Wallflower at the orgy Wallflower at the orgy

I’ve reached one of my goals for 2017: with this week’s upload of Edgar, you can now find at least one complete performance of every opera by Giacomo Puccini on my Mixcloud site.

on February 21, 2017 at 8:00 AM
What win I, if I gain the thing I seek? What win I, if I gain the thing I seek?

This week we get closer to completing the operas of Benjamin Britten with The Rape of Lucretia.

on February 13, 2017 at 7:30 AM
A spouse tale A spouse tale

A performance of Gluck’s Alceste from Wiener Staatsoper in June 2016.

on February 07, 2017 at 1:55 PM
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