Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin

Moor than a feeling Moor than a feeling

While Bernard Herrmann is remembered primarily for the seven films on which he collaborated with Hitchcock, he also composed one opera: Wuthering Heights, written between 1943 and 1951.

on September 07, 2015 at 3:09 PM
Stage beauty Stage beauty

Since the 1916 version of Ariadne auf Naxos which we all know and love had its premiere at Wiener Staatsoper, it seems most appropriate to bring you this 1967 performance from the same venue, with a legendary cast at its zenith.

on August 31, 2015 at 9:47 AM
You stepped out of a dream You stepped out of a dream

One of opera’s great “what ifs?” is what would young Erich Wolfgang Korngold have contributed to the repertoire had the likes of The Adventures of Robin Hood not beckoned him to Hollywood?

on August 24, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Superglottal Superglottal

In attempting to get a little bit of everything onto my Mixcloud page, I realized that I inadvertently neglected some essentials: 1) Leyla Gencer 2) La Gioconda.  

on August 17, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Street cred Street cred

I have been remiss in posting works of important 20th century composers, tops among them Hanz Werner Henze, a name which sends most opera fans running for the exits.

on August 10, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Un Eden di delizia! Un Eden di delizia!

Let’s all listen to the American debut of Ghena Dimitrova in this 1981 performance of Ernani from Dallas.

on August 03, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Youth is wasted on the old Youth is wasted on the old

Piotr Beczala, Soile Isokoski and Kwangchul Youn star in this 2009 performance of Faust from the Wiener Staatsoper, idiomatically conducted by Bertrand de Billy.

on July 27, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Spun Spun

Let’s go back 45 years to a kinder, gentler Bayreuth with a 1970 performance of Der fliegende Holländer starring Donald McIntyre and Leonie Rysanek.

on July 20, 2015 at 10:22 AM
Crime of “Passion” Crime of “Passion”

Bohuslav Martinu’s The Greek Passion has had a rough life.

on July 13, 2015 at 10:00 AM
È nata una stella È nata una stella

Few things in opera are more exciting than a beloved young singer taking on a new role, especially in a new Fach.

on July 06, 2015 at 12:40 PM
Ein schwaches Weib moose euch beschämen! Ein schwaches Weib moose euch beschämen!

This week I am sending you something a bit more bucolic than usual: a traversal of the Golden Age of the Canadian Parlor Song by Canadian diva Mary Lou Fallis.

on June 29, 2015 at 9:00 AM
A tree grows in Göteborg A tree grows in Göteborg

When John AdamsA Flowering Tree had its world premiere in Vienna in 2006, critical reaction from the Austrian and German press was mixed-to-negative.

on June 22, 2015 at 11:20 AM
About a boy About a boy

So what’s up with Nina Stemme’s Stimme?  

on June 15, 2015 at 10:36 AM
Cycle gang Cycle gang

Here’s to the Ladies who sing Lieder! Aren’t they a gas? This week, I am pleased to bring you unique performances of repertoire warhorses sung by three legends.

on June 08, 2015 at 11:12 AM
Fungus home Fungus home

I can’t think of another 20th century opera which has grown so fast in popularity so long after its composition than Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.

on June 01, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Head of state Head of state

To celebrate the 86th anniversary of her birth (25 May 1929), I bring to a close Beverly Sills’ traversal of the Donizetti “Tudor Queens” with this live Anna Bolena from 1973.

on May 26, 2015 at 10:42 AM
Simon, pure Simon, pure

Celebrating Simon Keenlyside, the most popular artist on your alte Jungfer’s Mixcloud Web site.

on May 18, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Pli Ceylon pli Pli Ceylon pli

Theater an der Wien did justice to Bizet earlier this season with a cast starring Diana Damrau, Dmitry Korchak, and Nathan Gunn.

on May 11, 2015 at 3:45 PM
Gold coasting Gold coasting

Mahagonny is one of my two favorite operas (care to guess the other?), but it’s damned hard to find a well-sung performance (with opera singers, not Broadway divas) without cuts.

on May 04, 2015 at 5:30 PM
Consolation Consolation

While everyone is still buzzing about this year’s Salzburg Easter Festival, I was visited by the Ghost of Easter Past.

on April 27, 2015 at 9:30 AM
He writes the songs He writes the songs

Klaus Florian Vogt is a singer oft discussed at parterre pox, but few have had the opportunity to hear him, especially those in the USA.

on April 20, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Bohemian Bohemian

No surprises this week: back to normal with what is perhaps the world’s most favorite opera: Puccini’s La bohème.

on April 13, 2015 at 9:14 AM
So I married an axe murderess So I married an axe murderess

I think the sturdier of you will enjoy Nina Stemme’s Elektra from Saturday night at Wiener Staatsoper.

on April 06, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Free love Free love

After the reception to last week’s post, no more drowned queens for you! 

on March 30, 2015 at 9:00 AM
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