Sunday, March 12, 2017

Saturday Posting from the Ministry of Noise

Emily Barker's new one passes the Bechdel Test with flying colors and it's about Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Click through and read the liner notes (hey! liner notes!)

Friday, February 17, 2017

sundry items

The LA Times has a profile of Patricia Racette on the eve of her Salome at LA Opera.

What's that you say? Rhiannon Giddens has a new album out? Why yes she does, and you can listen to the whole thing right here courtesy of NPR First Listen. (Quick while NPR still exists.) Then you can go buy the album from the ever-awesome Nonesuch.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

game on!

The forces of Boston Early Music Festival, with Amanda Forsythe, Colin Balzer, Christian Immler and Emoke Barath, decamp to Bremen for an envy-inducing Steffani program.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Posted recently in one of the more knuckle-dragging precincts of social media: "You've been kidnapped! The characters from the last TV show you watched are trying to rescue you! Who is coming to save you?"

Well...okay then!

I'll see your crowd of History Channel Vikings and raise you one Charlotte with the crossbow and grappling hook, one Emily with the strategically-placed powder kegs, and one Anne with the getaway barouche.

Sunday, January 22, 2017


LOC's production of Jimmy Lopez's Bel Canto, based on the novel by Ann Patchett, about a South American hostage crisis that starts at the recital of a touring American soprano. If you've read the book, you'll know the soprano's repertoire is somewhat unlikely, and that it all ends in tears.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Roberta Peters 1930 - 2017

Along with having one of those Met debuts, she did a lot to keep opera in the public eye. NYT obituary here.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

the downside of black and white

is you can assume the Shirt was White, and the suit conceivably grey, but what about the tie and handkerchief? Frida Kahlo, 1924, as posted to Twitter by the fabulous Women's Art

In totally related news, the ROH Rosenkavalier, recently reviewed by dehggial, is broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 12:45ET today.