Tuesday, July 17, 2018

NYC Opera Seeking Transgender Singer

I have so many things to write about: four Hoffmann productions; a Lucia di Lammermoor; a Flying Dutchman; the new La Clemenza di Tito audio recordingBut this item needs immediate attention and requires no commentary from me. New York City Opera seeks a transgender singer to create a role in a new opera. 

About Stonewall

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the event, Stonewall is a moving and explosive new American opera that captures the rage, grit, humor and, finally, hope of the LGBTQ community’s uprising in a Greenwich Village dance club on one hot night in June 1969. The work follows a diverse group of characters whose lives collide at that pivotal moment in history when the police push them too far and they find the courage to fight back.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Met in HD Encores – Three Left this Summer

Three Met in HD summer encores are left this year. I  missed the gorgeous Butterfly last week because I was out of town. 

I am not sure I need to see this Trovatore again, but I’ll probably go anyway. 

I used to have the Onegin on DVD (I cannot find it...who did I loan it to? Sorry; to whom did I loan it?); and I think it's a "don't miss" performance and production (all those leaves!). I reviewed this one, and here is the first part. My Uncle (my Dad's brother) had some thoughts about this production of his favorite opera. 

And I simply must see Nina Stemme as Turandot.

Here are the dates the encores playing in my neighborhood (all Wednesdays):
  • 06/27 – Trovatore 7:00 PM
  • 07/11 – Eugene Onegin 7:00 PM
  • 07/18 – Turandot 7:00 PM

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Herheim’s Boheme – Must See DVD

So, this arrived yesterday. Everyone leave me alone. 
It’s a very Boheme Sunday. I’ll be back later to discuss. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

ReJoyce, for her 2018 Master Classes are Online Now

Joyce DiDonato is back for her annual Carnegie Hall Master Classes. I missed them live over the weekend (the trials of having a job!) But lucky for us, the three days of classes are online now at Medici.TV. As soon as I have a lull at work, I'll be watching them. See you there!     

P.S. Her Juilliard class from last fall is still there, too.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Gratuitous Friday – Juan Diego Flórez as Orphée

It's been a little while since I’ve spent time with Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice/Orfeo ed Euridice. I am a major mezzo fan, but I always love to hear a tenor Orphée! Juan Diego Flórez recorded this opera commercially a few years ago, and it's great to hear how his interpretation has matured. (I still love Richard Croft best in this role and Daniel Behle does a nice job with this aria, but JDF is doing just fine, thank you very much!)

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