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  1. "Review: 'La Traviata,' Washington National Opera's Season Opener" by Susan Galbraith on dctheatrescene.com
  2. Spring and the Universe Phew...it took me a mere 3 hours or so finally to get to this point, but I'm happy because I'm not afraid to die (possibly or about that in a day or 2). Some bits of music for what was a stunningly beautiful spring evening, and I hope the beginning of a lovely and prosperous new solar cycle. I doesn't matter that my home health aid, whom unfortunately I pay a pittance for, was called up by her questionable boyfriend who told her had just totalled her car! It gave me a chance to feel the spring in Georgetown, and see the happiness around me, join in with it and
  3. The great Russian baritone, Dmitri Hvorotovsky, known primarily in America through his recordings of Tschaikovsky and Verdi, passed away this week after a 2 1/2-year struggle with brain cancer. The Metropolitan Opera's loving tribute to Hvorotovsky is here: "Dmitri Hvorotovsky." (Do take a few minutes and watch the videos - the second video was when Hvorotovsky only had about six more months to live.) Nov 22, 2017 - "Dmitri Hvorotovsky, Silver-Mained Baratone from Siberia, Dies at 55" by Anthony Tommasini on nytimes.com
  4. Should've made it Turandot. Hey, I saw the world premiere of M. Butterfly (maybe not *the* world premiere, but during its first run in Feb or Mar, 1988).
  5. WETA, as I'm writing this, is airing a live performance by the Metropolitan Opera of "L'Amour de Loin" - a two-hour, five-continuous-act opera by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, with the libretto by the Lebanese-French author Amin Maalouf.
  6. The Vienna State Opera produces more operas each year than any other house in the world. It also has the longest season of any opera house - September to June.
  7. In memory of Justice Antonin Scalia (Mar 11, 1936 - Feb 13, 2016) Forget politics, Justice Scalia was a man of honor, and I'm certain that Justice Ginsburg is grieving mightily today, as the two were dear friends who attended operas together. From the Wikipedia article: Scalia enjoyed a warm relationship with fellow Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, considered a member of the court's liberal wing, with the two attending the opera together, and even appearing together onstage as supernumeraries in Washington National Opera's 1994 production of Ariadne auf Naxos "Judicial Differences Take Cente
  8. Washington National Opera: Carmen, Sat, Sep 19, 2015 - Sat, Oct 3, 2015 If I were recommending a "first opera" to someone, it would be Carmen, The Barber of Seville, or La Traviata. Yes, they're warhorses that have been beaten to death, but for good reason - you feel like you're listening to a "Greatest Hits" album. For those who can't (or won't) sit through an opera, I highly recommend the 1984 film of it starring Julia Migenes-Johnson. I've always said that you can divide people into three categories of being opera lovers: 1) If you can name 1 opera Georges Bizet wrote, you're a novi
  9. Since opera seems to be the topic du jour, how about this one? I'm familiar with it primarily from a recording my father had, about 40 years ago, that I played over and over and sang to when I thought no one was listening. I seem to recall it was a "jazz" version but I remember little else. Does anyone know what I'm referring to? Anyway, just a few years ago we saw the WNO production at the Kennedy Center, which was excellent. Although I adore the music, the lyrics grate on my ears. I know that it is supposed to be evocative or representative of the actual dialect of that time and place
  10. Sadly, you won't be seeing any more at the New York City Opera (don't click on that unless you want a gut punch). Here is an overview of this storied opera company, founded seventy years ago, and termed "The People's Opera" by Mayor Fiorello La Guardia due to offering major productions at relatively reasonable ticket prices. Opera is big bucks entertainment, and cannot be funded by ticket prices alone. That's just the unfortunate reality, and pure capitalism (without philanthropy) cannot sustain the art. "Survival Economics: Small Opera Companies Drive Change" by Molly Colin on sfcv.o
  11. Hersh, I saw that Lucrezia Borgia and hated it. It was everything that's wrong with opera in Washington. Sondra Radvonovsky sang the Lucrezia. All the voices were very good. The opera itself has problems. First, it sounds like second rate Donizetti. Second, the audience laughed throughout the opera. IT ISN'T A COMEDY! Bad direction. --- [You have to admit I'm good. DR]
  12. For centuries, the wonderful air "Bist du bei mir" was attributed to J.S. Bach (as BWV 508), as it was included in the notebook of Frau Bach (Anna Magdalena) with no attribution, with J.S. Bach taken as the default source. It always struck me as not really very much like Bach, being hauntingly melodic, and Bach is not remembered much as a melodist. Some time ago, 15 or 20 years, it was established that the piece came from an opera called Diomedes by the composer Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel. Sadly, this aria is all that has survived of Diomedes, so we have no context from which to discern the im
  13. Carl Tanner's Website {after the intro, click on his picture to get to the actual website with more clips.} If you have never heard of Carl Tanner, he is one of the great tenors in he world {he sings regularly in Vienna, Dresden and in other great halls of Europe, less so in the US unfortunately.} His Calaf in Turandot is amazing. I had the honor of hearing Maestro Zubin Mehta praise Carl's Calaf in person at a cast and friends dinner in Florence after the generale. He also told Carl to sing Othello which he now does. Carl is performing for free at his church on Christmas Eve. If you
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