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
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
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
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
Scritto in ciel Scritto in ciel

In our circle, Mexico City in the summer was the opera capital of the world from the late 1940s and early 1950.

on January 24, 2017 at 9:58 AM
Blut force Blut force

The very first Vienna post-war performance of Elektra.

on January 17, 2017 at 9:06 AM
Keep the Rome fires burning Keep the Rome fires burning

I offer an alternative to those who aren’t fans of Wagner: Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito from the house where it premiered.

on September 27, 2016 at 10:33 AM
No saints in two acts No saints in two acts

The cast of Wiener Staatsoper’s first-ever performance of Lulu in 1968 reads like a Who’s Who of then-contemporary Austro-German opera: the 28-year-old Anja Silja, Martha Mödl, Waldemar Kmentt, Hans Hotter, Hilde Konetzni, Manfred Jungwirth, Heinz Zednik, and Karl Böhm presiding over a production by Otto Schenk. 

on June 28, 2016 at 2:38 PM
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