Saturday, February 21, 2015

event horizon

Whatever one may think of the Met's newly-announced 2015-2016 season, we do believe it's the most bel canto season in living memory.

Monday, February 16, 2015

heids up

Sharpen your claymores, bairnies, the Met premiere (no really) of La Donna del Lago, with JDD, JDF, and Daniela Barcellona livestreams tonight at 8pm ET at the usual place.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

the sticking point

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Bob Simon, 1941-2015

He covered war and opera.

"...He was dissatisfied with the Pentagon's pool arrangements for combat reporting. He went out without a guide or military escort last week to report from the front...Such independent reporting is frowned upon by American military officials..." - NYT, 1991

"It doesn't sound like incoming to me, Dan." 

Sunday, February 8, 2015


Proving once again that all the cool kids hang out in the footnotes, scroll waaaaay down the list, and you'll find Boston Early Music Festival has won the Grammy for Best Opera Recording, in a very tough field, for its Charpentier double bill.

Also, can we just point out that the most canonical work in the list this year is Elektra?

Saturday, February 7, 2015

preche yt!

Friday, February 6, 2015

even younger artists

Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music takes on Alcina tonight and tomorrow night at 8pm ET. Live video streams of both performances will be up here, and, as usual with this series, it'll be a different cast tomorrow.

Update: So everybody had pretty much equal trouble with the coloratura, even with the tempi ratcheted down a notch or two from average. On the other hand, there was some pretty spiff work in the more leisurely bits, and we've got a couple of Bradamantes to look forward to. Also, a bunch of these are students of Carol Vaness (stray's first Vitellia :-), so we're interested to see where they go and what they do.