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Bland Ballo

Upheaval seems to be baked into Verdi’s 1859 opera Un ballo in maschera: it was begun as a tale about a Swedish king, shifted briefly (in conception) to Germany, then finally premiered as featuring colonial Boston. 647 more words

Music

Backward Ballo

The ROH isn’t having a great start to the season.  One or two good revivals can’t overcome three pretty ropey new productions, the latest of which is the… 805 more words

Performances I've Seen

Programmed to win?

Since 1989, when Dmitri Hvorostovsky – displaying apparently superhuman breath control – won BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, Posa’s death scene from Verdi’s Don Carlo… 548 more words

In English

Andiam, mio bene, andiam...

You know how I managed to ignore Karita Matilla until a few weeks ago when I went to see Ariadne. My loss!

The bit starting at 3:14 is hands down one of the funniest opera-related things I’ve ever seen. 18 more words

Mozart

Damrau rules

After a week in New York, with five performances at the Met (andfor which I still haven’t processed all my notes to write it up – that will follow!), it was nice to be back at ‘home’ (aka Covent Garden) for a revival of the nigh-on 20-year old production of  544 more words

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Sony Classical Plans New Recording of La Traviata with Peretyatko, Alagna, Hvorostovsky, and Domingo

New York- Sony Classical to release new complete recording of Verdi’s original, first edition of La Traviata with Olga Peretyatko, Roberto Alagna, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and Placido Domingo. 347 more words

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