Cher Public

Poetess without portfolio

“Ardent and anguished” Kate Lindsey.

New York once had many organizations that gave concert performances of forgotten or unknown operas, bringing in not-yet-Met singers to display their wares. You could hear Marilyn Horne or Montserrat Caballé or Leontyne Price, and fans came with no idea what L’Incoronazione di Poppea, La Straniera and Les Huguenots sounded like—never mind Tiefland or Nerone.  Read more »

Stranger things

Women seem wicked when you're unwanted

Women seem wicked when you’re unwanted

I can’t lie: when I saw that Washington Concert Opera announced an all-Bel Canto 2017-2018 season, I felt a little stalked by the spectre of Will Crutchfield’s Bel Canto at Caramoor presentations, to which I’ve enjoyed a close proximity.  Read more »

You must meet my wife

While even committed opera enthusiasts can find Beethoven’s Fidelio a chore, a hardy few wonder why we can’t have more Fidelio. Washington Concert Opera maestro  had these completists in mind last weekend with a presentation of the original 1805 version of Fidelio, aka Leonore, oder Der Triumph der ehelichen LiebeRead more »

All about my mother

Operatic history can be cruel where multiple works with the same subject are concerned

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