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The first time every I heard her voice

The first time every I heard her voice

The first time every I heard her voice The Summer of 1983 is when “it” happened.  That year was the period of when my interest in opera was taken to the next level. Prior to then, my experience in listening to opera was gleaned in arias, mainly by coloraturas, from old movies on TV, featuring the likes of Jeanette MacDonald, Deanna Durbin, Kathryn Grayson and even Lily Pons (in I Dream Too Much, where I learned ... Read More »

Bringing up Babylon

Bringing up Babylon

Bringing up Babylon Contralto Delphine Galou. Since tomorrow will be “Met Reveal Thursday,” “Trove Valentine’s Day” further stokes Semiramis-fever with another of the celebrated works about the infamous queen: La Semiramide riconosciuta, a superb 1729 opera by Nicola Porpora.  Several years ago the brilliant Italian mezzo Anna Bonitatibus released a double-CD set devoted to Semiramide featuring arias by fourteen composers from Caldara to Manuel Garcia including one from a second Porpora opera Semiramide Regina dell’Assiria. ... Read More »

Melody and more

Melody and more

Melody and more The arrival of a new recording of Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello into the catalogue, to say nothing of a new tenor capable of singing Otello, is generally cause for hosannas all around in operatic circles. The knife-sharpening tends to start a little later.  In today’s age of performances captured live, either for audio or video, I think we have to cast back nearly 20 years for the last time a recording company invested ... Read More »

Peak performance

Peak performance

Peak performance As avalanches are most likely to occur this month “Trove Thursday” ushers in February with Catalani’s La Wally with a mountain-top cast of Renata Tebaldi, Renata Scotto, Mario del Monaco, Giangiacomo Guelfi and Giorgio Tozzi conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini. Wally always strikes me as the quintessence of an opera with an aria everyone knows but the work itself remains virtually unknown. Back in the day verismo arias were not my thing so ... Read More »

Objects of Inspiration: Here’s What Fueled Matisse in the Studio

Objects of Inspiration: Here’s What Fueled Matisse in the Studio Take a Trip Around the World with Matisse Visiting Henri Matisse in his studio in Vence, France, in 1944, the journalist Marguette Bouvier noted that “Congolese tapestries hang on the wall …” and that the artist had “… brought his shells and Chinese porcelains, his moucharaby [Moroccan textile screens] and his marble table and all the […] The post Objects of Inspiration: Here&8217;s What Fueled Matisse ... Read More »

Heather on the ‘shrill’

Heather on the ‘shrill’

Heather on the ‘shrill’ Le duc d’Orléans, le duc d&8217;Ayen, Duc de Coigny, la comtesse d&8217;Estrades, La duchesse de Brancas… Opera originalist Heather MacDonald is at it again, lavishing praise on the artistic conservatism of noted Tory David McVicar and describing Our Own JJ as “New York’s shrillest advocate for revisionist opera productions.” Oh, there&8217;s lots more to enjoy! [City Journal] Source: Music-2 Heather on the ‘shrill’ Read More »

Placebo effect

Placebo effect

Placebo effect Reading is fundamental. Good singing and a dramatically potent (if conservative) production were an unbeatable combination on Tuesday night, when the Metropolitan Opera had the season premiere of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore.  First among equals was Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino. His consistently gorgeous voice was put to good use with clean, elegant phrasing and pitch-perfect comic timing. His performance was charming, authentic, and moving. “Una furtiva lagrima” was a satisfying highlight. As Adina, Pretty ... Read More »

Girls just want to have fun

Girls just want to have fun

Girls just want to have fun Donna non vidi mai, simile a questa! On this day in 1907 the Metropolian Opera premiered Puccini’s Manon Lescaut with the composer in attendance. Lina Cavalieri and Enrico Caruso were Manon and DeGrieux. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHb8m0e-k1Q Henry Krehbiel in the New York Tribune: Why it should have waited till now, and for the stimulus of the composer&8217;s coming before reaching the Metropolitan Opera House will not easily be explained by those ... Read More »

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Gustav Klimt

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Gustav Klimt Gustav Klimt is a one of the most beloved artists of all time, but he definitely has a few surprises, if not skeletons, in his closet. Gold-leafed of course… The post 7 Things You Didn&8217;t Know About Gustav Klimt appeared first on Artists Network. Source: Fine #art 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Gustav Klimt Read More »

Peach Please: Sweet on Marzipan

Peach Please: Sweet on Marzipan The fruit we crave in the high heat of summer gives us a glow year-round with its gorgeous color   It’s impossible to ignore the beautiful, plump peach when it appears in a still life painting — it&8217;s in its nature to stand out. Harvested in China as far back as 6,000 BC, peaches were […] The post Peach Please: Sweet on Marzipan appeared first on Artists Network. Source: Fine ... Read More »

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