Tuesday, September 25, 2018

details details

The Met season has ticked off its first two performances while we were otherwise engaged, but oh well, there are worse things than missing Boheme number million and twelve. While we're all scrambling to locate our tattered copies of Orientalism in honor of the new production of Samson, you can check out the free live webcast schedule for the whole season here.

The weekly schedule for the SiriusXM webcasts, which sometimes correspond to the Met site webcasts and sometimes don't, is available here. SiriusXM is a subscription satellite radio service available in the US and last I looked they were still offering a web-only streaming service for about $16/month, with a free trial period to check it out. The player also has a useful rewind feature if you show up late to the game (which I see they have updated to make it clunkier, but beggars can't be choosers).

For those of you who have only one item of interest on the agenda, the JDD Tito is April 3 at 8pm ET. Though you may want to stop in again on May 3 for Dialogues, bc srsly Leonard/Pieczonka/Morley/Cargill/Mattila/Portillo/D Croft, c. YNS, can there be any better way to start your weekend?

Sunday, September 23, 2018

new regime

Mr. Nézet-Séguin said he was excited to mount several operas that have never or rarely been performed at the Met, including Handel’s “Agrippina” and “Alcina”; Verdi’s “Don Carlos,” in the original French (the company has only performed the Italian version); Cherubini’s “Medea,” in Italian; and Prokofiev’s “The Fiery Angel.”

Read all about it... ...except for the casting, so place your bets.

Saturday, September 15, 2018


her cover of Richard Thompson's Beeswing is just fine

Sunday, August 5, 2018

owning and operating

The Glimmerglass Festival (what the retro among us still call Glimmerglass Opera, but hey...) and WFMT are producing a five-part podcast series called Breaking Glass, about issues of access and social engagement vis a vis the opera house (any opera house). Episode 1, Opera, Race and Social Justice, can be found on iTunes. Librettist and host Paige Hernandez and director Tazewell Thompson thumbnail the issues in round one. It's a half hour worth the listen and we look forward to more.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Friday, July 20, 2018

expanding universe

So as Ryan McKinny sings the role of J Robert Oppenheimer literally within sight of Los Alamos, he's also started a blog. And we should all drop in for regular reads because, as his Twitter feed will attest, he has interesting perspectives, thoughtful discourse, and a lot to say. Plus he's reversing the trend of Twitter eating the blogosphere, which I applaud from the depths of the black hole into which this joint has lately fallen.

Saturday, July 7, 2018


As Piotr Beczala ditches Tanglewood's Boheme to go rescue Bayreuth's Lohengrin from falling into an Alagna-shaped hole, here's the guy tasked with replacing Beczala

His GESTURES are a little BIG, but then so is the Shed, so...details here, if you're fixin to go...

Sunday, July 1, 2018


Well, June was wolfed down in an instant, and it's hot as the hinges and maybe everything is going to hell in a handbasket, but here's a taster that makes life worth living...

Friday, May 18, 2018

Gauvin radio alert

This Sunday WCRB runs Handel's La Resurrezione from last year's Boston Early Music Festival, with Karina Gauvin, Teresa Wakim, Aaron Sheehan, Christian Immler, and Kelsey Lauritano. WCRB usually archives these things for a while, so no worries if 7pm ET is way past the witching hour for your part of the planet. Click on the Read the program notes link and scroll down if you need the libretto.