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Whether it’s win, place, or show

Whether it’s win, place, or show

Whether it’s win, place, or show On this day 60 years ago, the imdominable Ethel Merman opened in her greatest role in what is arguably the greatest musical ever written: the Jule Styne / Stephen Sondheim / Arthur Laurents showbiz saga Gypsy.  The “musical fable” opened at the Broadway Theatre to run 702 performances, and has been revived on Broadway four times since, garnering Tony Awards for three of five Roses. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=lp7S_awm5GU Source: Music-2 Whether ... Read More »

First Lady sings the blues

First Lady sings the blues

First Lady sings the blues Since its founding in 2007, Rhymes with Opera has emerged as a leading voice in the performing and commissioning of contemporary opera. In their recent double bill at the 124 Bank St Theater the company premiered two powerful, urgent new works which made a compelling case for the enduring relevance of opera in the 21st century.  The first work on the program, Colin Read’s On Loneliness and Solitude, was a compact, ... Read More »

Tears in heaven

Tears in heaven

Tears in heaven There is a deep sense of culmination and finality when we discuss the last works of the great Masters.  Mozart turned spiritual and prepared his own (unfinished) Requiem; while Schubert manifested his melancholic state in mind in the gloomy song-cycle Winterreise. Mahler thought he escaped the curse of the ninth with his elegiac Symphony No. 9, which conductor Otto Klemperer claimed to be “not only his last but also his greatest achievement.” That ... Read More »

Getting out of town

Getting out of town

Getting out of town On this day in 1978 tenor Rockwell Blake made his Met debut on tour in Minneapolis as Don Ottavio.  This series of tour Don Giovannis were also all of soprano Joan Carden‘s Met career (Anna), the last Met performances of sopranos Evelyn Mandac (Zerlina), Maralin Niska and Elizabeth Harwood (Elvira) and the only two performances of conductor Theo Alcántara. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5uYKRyf7bs Source: Music-2 Getting out of town Read More »

“Do everything yourself”

“Do everything yourself”

“Do everything yourself” Born on this day in 1861 soprano Nellie Melba. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=66p4XCc7UQo Birthday anniversaries of soprano Rosina Storchio (1872) and mezzo-soprano Kerstin Thorborg (1896). //www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HYCT4D2ELA //www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TajEDFnz24 Happy birthday to parterre box scribe David Fox. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqX-zx90-38 Source: Music-2 “Do everything yourself” Read More »

Orpheus condescending

Orpheus condescending

Orpheus condescending Over the past 50 years, the countertenor voice has acquired a certain mystique. As our modern-day approximation of the castrato, its timbre has come to evoke a kind of other-worldly distance, a long-lost past recovered.  Through its role in the early music revival and the historically-informed performance movement, it has garnered associations of purity and precision – all laser-tuned straight tones and clean-cut coloratura.  It has become something of a critical cliché to ... Read More »

The 2019 Pubie Awards

The 2019 Pubie Awards

The 2019 Pubie Awards As the New York season winds down, it’s that time of year again, cher public, when you, the cher public, select your favorites for the 2019 parterre box “Pubie” awards. Please vote for one nominee in each category. Note that write-in votes are allowed. The polls will remain open for one week.   Take Our Poll (function(d,c,j){if(!d.getElementById(j)){var pd=d.createElement(c),s;pd.id=j;pd.src=’https://parterre.com/wp-content/plugins/polldaddy/js/polldaddy-shortcode.js’;s=d.getElementsByTagName(c)[0];s.parentNode.insertBefore(pd,s);} else if(typeof jQuery !==’undefined’)jQuery(d.body).trigger(‘pd-script-load’);}(document,’script’,’pd-polldaddy-loader’));   Take Our Poll (function(d,c,j){if(!d.getElementById(j)){var pd=d.createElement(c),s;pd.id=j;pd.src=’https://parterre.com/wp-content/plugins/polldaddy/js/polldaddy-shortcode.js’;s=d.getElementsByTagName(c)[0];s.parentNode.insertBefore(pd,s);} else if(typeof jQuery ... Read More »

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