Discover the premier community for art enthusiasts, dedicated to discover the love of culture, visual beauty, and colorful masterpieces! Sign up to receive updates from the amazing world of arts.
Home > Tag Archives: 8211

Tag Archives: 8211

She tells me you’re some sort of a genius

She tells me you’re some sort of a genius //www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CwLYXVDw_U On this day in 1994 Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk finally bows at the Met. Maria Ewing is Katerina. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp8IAOya2r4 Birthday anniversaries: Born on this day in 1668 composers Francois Couperin (1668) and Henri Rabaud (1873); dramatist and poet Friedrich von Schiller (1759) and singer Jane Froman (1907). Happy 91st birthday composer Ennio Morricone. Happy 90th birthday composer and lyricist Marilyn Bergman. Happy 78th birthday ... Read More »

In Memoriam Raymond Leppard

In Memoriam Raymond Leppard

In Memoriam Raymond Leppard When I learned of the death last week of Raymond Leppard at age 92, I felt both sadness and enormous gratitude so “Trove Thursday” acknowledges the late conductor’s important influence with a live broadcast of his seminal “realisation” of Cavalli’s L’Ormindo plus some Cavalli and Monteverdi tidbits in which he accompanies his great longtime collaborator Janet Baker. Just after I turned 11, I first spied the schedule for the upcoming Texaco-Metropolitan ... Read More »

Imperious splendor

Imperious splendor

Imperious splendor Harriett Johnson in the New York Post: The Metropolitan Opera’s opening of its 74th season last night may have been heralded by a discreet audience, but the performance of “Tosca” on-stage was anything but. With Dimitri Mitropoulos conducting, the melodramatic thriller was supercharged with an urgency that sometimes was electrifying, but, at other times, came through with too much current. Under normal circumstances, Mitropoulos can rarely be accused of letting things lag, and ... Read More »

Electric excitement

Electric excitement

Electric excitement Winthrop Sargeant in The New Yorker: Such real brilliance as it had was due to the singing of Giulietta Simionato, an Italian mezzo-soprano (the designation is scarcely adequate, for she combines a rich contralto range with the agility and scope of a dramatic soprano) who was new to the company and who sang the role of Azucena with a degree of authority, power, and musical taste that I have not heard approached in ... Read More »

“Due to a family situation in Europe”

“Due to a family situation in Europe”

“Due to a family situation in Europe” Lyric Opera of Chicago announced today: “American baritone Lucas Meachem will portray the title role of Mozart’s Don Giovanni November 14 – 30. Due to a family situation in Europe, Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov has had to withdraw from Lyric’s production in order to be closer to home in the coming months.” Source: Music-2 “Due to a family situation in Europe” Read More »

Agrippina

Agrippina

Agrippina The delicious opera about political and sexual hijinks in ancient Rome is everywhere these days, including premiering in February at the Met. Today’s 1982 Kent Opera Agrippina (using period instruments) is performed in an aptly tart English translation that adds immeasurably to the enjoyment of one of Handel’s earliest and greatest works. Although until recently many may not have been familiar with the intrigues that propel Cardinal Vincenzo Grimani’s biting libretto but anyone who ... Read More »

A Norman conquest

A Norman conquest

A Norman conquest However, the sad news of the soprano’s death this week compelled me to offer it as a special “Trove Thursday” salute: at the Ravinia Festival in 1978 Norman performed “Ch’io mi scordi di te;” Shéhérazade; Le Mort de Cléopâtre; Wesendonck Lieder; and the Liebestod during a single astonishing concert. The passing at the age of 74 of one of America’s greatest divas has shocked the many who were moved by her artistry. ... Read More »

Direct and terrible

Direct and terrible

Direct and terrible “The perfect artist: the simple, direct, child soul; the experienced craftsman in technique; the heart that has been taught the lesson of human sympathy, and the incisive analytical brain of the psychologist. Bernhardt was always studied and more or less artificial. Duse is direct and terrible.” – Charles Chaplin //www.youtube.com/watch?v=op1X6P7e1BE Happy birthday to Our Own Ali Kashani. Source: Music-2 Direct and terrible Read More »

Pretty little lyre

Pretty little lyre

Pretty little lyre First we’ll hear a rare one for mezzo in Italian with Janet Baker, Pilar Lorengar and Sheila Marks from 1968 and the other for tenor in French with Nicolai Gedda, Jeanette Pilou and Christiane Eda-Pierre plus a rare early faux-Gluck Marilyn Horne Orfeo bonus. As far as I can tell Baker sang just three operas in the US, all in concert form. During her New York City debut season here she first ... Read More »

Quando le sere senza Placido

Quando le sere senza Placido

Quando le sere senza Placido Perhaps we should start with what the Philadelphia Orchestra’s opening night concert, for better or worse, was not: a gala evening starring Plácido Domingo. As has been documented here and elsewhere, the Philadelphians swiftly dropped Domingo after #MeToo revelations surfaced in August. David Fox (continues): The decision carries extra resonance, of course, because Yannick Nézet-Séguin is the music director of both the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Met. Cameron Kelsall: Yes, ... Read More »

Scroll To Top