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.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018


In case you forgot to set your atomic JDD/AC countdown clock, the Met Cendrillon prima is tomorrow at 8pm ET, and you can listen to it on the Met Opera website. Don't let it all turn into a pumpkin.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Seattle Soundcloud addendum

Including mezzo Deborah Nansteel, who just made her Met debut on Thursday as Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor (and who turned in a memorably scorching O don fatale at a Young Artist recital at Glimmerglass a few years back).