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Kiri te Kanawa in Der Rosenkavalier

There are only two video documents of Renée Fleming singing the Marschallin in Strauss’ “Rosenkavalier.” They are both fine, but there are some major problems with each. 331 more words


Der Rosenkavalier

It was one of those unforgettable nights at the opera. I remember exactly where I sat and exactly what I was thinking when I first saw this magnificent performance. 283 more words


Throwback Wednesday: Hugo von Hofmannsthal

Today is the anniversary of the death of Hugo von Hofmannsthal in 1929. As a writer of sorts myself, I’ve always had a special sympathy for the writer in the Strauss / Hofmannsthal partnership, and get fairly indignant when the composer is billed as sole creator of their joint operas (or – worse – when his name is mis-spelled: musicians are particularly bad at this). 697 more words

I'm thinking about emailing Steve Reich

I spent the afternoon trying to figure out whether the person who did these track divisions a) is part of the tinfoil hat wing of opera fandom, who thinks, for example, that one ought to be able to catch the Marschallin in mid-word to truly appreciate the subtleties of the performanc b) knows something I do not about this opera c) used a silence-finder in some program like Audacity, but fucked up the settings such that they find silences between the heartbeats of hummingbirds on Mars or something like that. 67 more words


Der Rosenkavalier in Copenhagen

Performance period: 12. Sep. – 24. Jan. 2015

at the Royal Danish Thatre in Copenhagen

Scathing satire, captivating romance and worldly melancholy, Richard Strauss’s masterstroke… 380 more words


Successful Celebration of Strauss and Friendship

As the launch project of the newly formed Cantanti Project, our Strauss Celebration was a huge success! With Bill Lewis at the piano, we presented an afternoon of Strauss’s lieder and opera in Washington Heights. 522 more words