Cher Public

Merci beaucoup, Dr. Pédagogie!

“And of course the French schwa.”

Baritones: is there anything they don’t know? [via Twitter]

Una vittima della sventura

Remember the disastrous 2010 Traviata at the Met, “conducted” by Leonard Slatkin on the opening night (before folding his tent and skedaddling), the one Village Blitherer Brian Kellow admitted he neither heard nor saw, but why did Anthony Tommasini have to be such an old meanie, etc. etc.?  Read more »

Schadenfreude, schöner Götterfunken

“One of the most highly-regarded pianists of our time, Grigory Sokolov, has refused to accept the Cremona Music Award 2015 because it has previously been awarded to the blogger Norman Lebrecht.” [Gramophone]

How cher the public

You know, the commenters at parterre.com (pictured) may get a bit testy from time to time, but at least nobody here says stuff like, oh, for example…

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Blood and Sandow

Friend and friend-in-law of parterre box Greg Sandow pours the oil of calm and rational analysis upon the troubled waters of the Met’s current labor negotiations in the most recent installment of his always excellent (not to mention eponymous) blog.

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Loo! Here the Gentle Lark

“Toilets occupy me a great deal because, well, this is England after all and they matter.”

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Spring will be a little late this year

La bohème  is such a popular romantic opera that hardly anyone ever notices that Mimì and Rodolfo undergo what in modern terms would be called speed dating.

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Blessings counted

On the rare occasions when La Cieca has an issue with a commenter or commenters on this site, she has only to remind herself that things could be a whole lot worse.

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