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The bad and the beautiful

The bad and the beautiful

The bad and the beautiful After last week’s Dido and Aeneas,  “Trove Thursday” offers a completely different take on the Trojan War: Offenbach’s irreverent La Belle Hélène featuring the beauteous Véronique Gens as the much-desired Helen of Troy.  I can’t believe it’s been 30 years since I first heard Gens in two small parts at the US premiere of the legendary Les Arts Florissants production of Lully’s Atys. She was just 20 years old when ... 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 »

No mere wisp of a woman

No mere wisp of a woman

No mere wisp of a woman On this day in 1937 soprano Zinka Milanov made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Leonora in Il trovatore. Review in The New York Sun: Standees had their innings at the Metropolitan last night. The opera was “Il Trovatore” and the Leonora, a newcomer with a voice well calculated to excite the admiration of aria enthusiasts who congregate behind the rail. But they were by no means alone in the ... Read More »

“I am finding my way as I go”: speaking with Speranza Scappucci

“I am finding my way as I go”: speaking with Speranza Scappucci

“I am finding my way as I go”: speaking with Speranza Scappucci The Italian opera tradition is rightly celebrated as a vehicle for demonstrating the expressive capacity and technical facility of the human voice. Indeed, few things are more thrilling in opera than hearing an exquisitely sculpted, sometimes dazzling, and emotionally febrile vocal line crafted by masters spanning the chronology from Rossini and Donizetti to Verdi and Puccini. However, the power of this genre is ... Read More »

Anticipation

Anticipation

Anticipation Fire up your calendars, cher public! The quintet of parterre box scribes who will be reviewing New York area performance are ready to share with you their choices for Must See Opera in the fall of 2019!  Callum John Blackmore steps up first (in alphabetical order) with his nominations: Move over, Dido and Aeneas! Opera Lafayette is bringing us John Blow’s Venus and Adonis (alas, for one night only), the earliest known English-language opera ... Read More »

Funny fascist

Funny fascist

Funny fascist Leave it to Opera News to whitewash the revolting reactionary politics of Franco Zeffirelli. According to Fred Plotkin, the late director, who advocated the death penalty for women who have abortions, “mistrusted Italian communists and embraced a stance that, through decades of ever-shifting Italian political definitions, could be called center-right.” And that’s only the beginning of the pandering hagiography. Source: Music-2 Funny fascist Read More »

Miss me blond

Miss me blond

Miss me blond The San Francisco Opera continues their 2019-20 Season with another opera based on a literary work, Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd, which opened Saturday September 7. Based on an unfinished Herman Melville’s novella and written to a libretto by novelist E. M. Forster and long-time collaborator Eric Crozier, Billy Budd was commissioned by the Arts Council of Great Britain for the 1951 Festival of Britain, and it was premiered at the Royal Opera House on ... Read More »

Paris original

Paris original

Paris original Born on this day in 1890 fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFPVvBjWR_c On this day in 1838 Berlioz’ Benvenuto Cellini premiered in Paris. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3lpxazJw0c On this day in 1868 Bizet&8217;s Pêcheurs de perles premiered in Paris. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQQ3uEeMEFI Source: Music-2 Paris original Read More »

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