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WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- Trove Thursday salutes the thrilling Ursula Schrder-Feinen with a special double-bill: a complete Salome followed by a rare SiegfriedBrnnhilde.Trove Thursday salutes the thrilling Ursula Schrder-Feinen who would have turned 82 on Saturday with a spec
Warning, I have been struck by the blogging spirit again. I have a lot of notes and half-written reviews in my notebook, so I may be struck again later this week. Sorry for the relative lack of freshness, but think, on a scholarly writing scale this
Ryan McKinny and Daniel Okulitch (Photo: Ken Howard, Santa Fe Opera, 2018)The Santa Fe Opera is presenting its first John Adams opera ever, which is surprising considering their historic dedication to both new opera and those by American composers. T
Yes celebrate fifty years of music on Staten Island.by Paul J. PelkonenThe men of Yes (Steve Howe, Geoff Downes, John Davison, Jay Schellen, Alan White (obscured) and Billy Sherwood)play "Awaken." Photo by Paul J. Pelkonen.The membe
detail of The Concert by the Le Nain Brothers, from the exhibit The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of 17th Century France at the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, October 2016
"I think that if its not [Bernstein's] worst, it surely reflects his worst tendencies"In lieu of a parterre box review of Mostly Mozart’s Mass (none of the our bullpen showed any interest in taking the piece on), here’s what Zacha
Imogen Malfitano (Adina) and Jos Sacin (Dulcamara) in L'elisir d'amore July 14 2018 I have been in Caltagirone, Sicily since last Sunday at the Mediterranean Opera Studio and Festival. It has been mighty hot and very exhausting, sessions with singers
Nobody has to cry for Argentina because of the World Cup: they still have Daniel Barenboim, who brought them not the championship, but the Deutsche Staatsoper for a Gastspiel at the Teatro Coln involving a whole series of Brahms symphonies and Harry
I wrote a bit of a preview on the TSMF’s Art of Song Academy in the summer issue of Wholenote. The first of the recitals have just started happening. Yesterday, Julius Drake, who’s been working with the singers the preceding week,
Andrew Potter as Fafner (Images: Pittsburgh Festival Opera)The Pittsburgh Opera Festival is kicked off their English language version of Wagner's Ring Cycle on July 13th with the sexy and shirtless Fafner of Andrew Potter in The Rhinegold (Das Rheing
Born on this day in 1868 soprano Florence Foster Jenkins.Born on this day in 1868 soprano Florence Foster Jenkins. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=6h4f77T-LoM On this day in 1951 Dolores Gray and Bert Lahr opened in the revue Two on the Aisle at the Mark H
. (then do rewind to the beginning!) (ps- i’ve just sat through a recent “Orphe et Eurydice” on ARTE and realized how “low” this role is.. and was reminiscing VK and how she hit her low notes.. and fe
Conductor...............Valery GergievProduction..............Robert CarsenEugene Onegin..Dmitri HvorostovskyTatiana...............Rene FlemingLensky................Ramn VargasOlga....................Elena ZarembaPrince Gremin....Sergei AleksashkinYe
The state of Superconductor, July 2018.by Paul J. PelkonenArt from The Simpsons episode "Marge on the Lam" 1993 Gracie FilmsHi all. Paul here. Some of you may have noticed that posts on this usually stalwart blog have gotten spotty of late, with a co
Mariusz Kwiecien as Don Giovanni (Image: Royal Opera House)You can watch barihunks Mariusz Kwiecien and Ildebrando DArcangelo in a complete broadcast of Don Giovanni from the Royal Opera House in London until August 11, 2018 by clicking HERE.Marc Min
Saint Luke: a detail from Saint Luke Drawing the Virgin by Rogier van der Weyden in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Legendary maestro Riccardo Muti has announced his appointment as honorary president of Against Modern Opera Productions.Having dismissed the above quotation from Dr. Seuss, legendary crank maestro Riccardo Muti has announced his appointment as honora
* Notes * The Schwabacher Summer Concert at SFCM on Thursday kicked off the 2018 Merola Opera Program's season. This is when we get to hear the more unusual voices selected for this opera training program, the ones that didn't... * Notes *The Schwaba
Musikalische Leitung Kirill PetrenkoInszenierung Pierre AudiAmfortas Christian GerhaherTiturel Blint SzabGurnemanz Ren PapeParsifal Jonas KaufmannKlingsor Wolfgang KochKundry Nina StemmeI was overdosed on television, so I waited until the second act
Acknowledging the "rapturous applause" 10:05 pm July 5 It is great to go to the world premiere of an opera and feel that the whole thing "works". This is The Skating Rink. The story is strong and the narrative is... Acknowledging the "raptur
Yes compile the five Steven Wilson Remixes.by Paul J. PelkonenDetail from Roger Dean's cover art for Yes: The Steven Wilson Remixes.Displayed here for promotional purposes only 2018 Roger Dean and Yes.In the vast catalogue of the British progressive
You know me. You know I love great ladies of the stage, and I love to write about them. That is why it pains me to realize I have never given an artist of such universal acclaim as Renata Scotto very many words in this blog. I'd hang my head in shame
Joa Helgessen as the Mad KingBarihunk Joa Helgessen just performed "Eight Songs for a Mad King - A Man Hanged" at the Halland Opera & Vocal Festival. The piece is based on Peter Maxwell Davies' monodrama based on the words of George III.The f
I wanted to see Stefan Herheims new Glyndebourne staging of Pellas et Mlisande in part out of perverse curiosity. What would happen when operas most hyperactive extrovert directs operas least flamboyant, er, opera? I was on my way to the Nineteenth-C
Happy 52nd birthday to mezzo-soprano Vesselina Kasarova.Happy 52nd birthday to mezzo-soprano Vesselina Kasarova. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwmnBVtpwL0 On this day in 1791 Cherubini’s Lodoska premiered in Paris. Birthday anniversaries of com
Glyndebourne Opera House  Mlisande (Christiana Gansch), Pellas (John Chest), Golaud (Christopher Purves)Images: Richard Hubert SmithGolaud Christopher PurvesMlisande Christiana GanschGenevive Karen CargillArkel Brindley Sherratt/Ric
I had a really busy non operatic week last week culminating in an extraodinarily enjoyable concert yesterday evening at Kings Place with the Aurora Orchestra. They began with Stravinsky's Dumbarton Oaks followed by a lyrical, sensitive, yet muscularl
Conductor : Daniel OrenDirector : David AldenLucia : Lisette OropesaEdgardo : Javier CamarenaEnrico Ashton : Artur RucinskiRaimondo Bidebent : Roberto TagliaviniLord Arturo Bucklaw : Yijie ShiAlisa : Marina PinchukNormanno : Alejandro del CerroI've n
Diana by Frederick William MacMonnies, from the de Young Museum in San Francisco
Boston's Shostakovich cycle with Andris Nelsons continues with No. 4 and No. 11.by Paul J. PelkonenAndris Nelsons at the helm of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.Photo by Marco Borggreve.Some Shostakovich symphonies are more popular than others. The Fif
Anyone familiar with these pages, or with today's opera world at all, should know of the lovely Lisette Oropesa. She was member of the Met's Lindemann Young Artist Program at 21, is a veteran of over 100 Metropolitan Opera performances in the not-ver
Michael HewittBarihunk and fitness guru Michael Hewitt will portray Lt Horstmayer in the Glimmerglass Festival's production of Kevin Puts' Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Silent Night. The cast also includes Conor McDonald as Ponhel, Jonathan Bryan as L
I’ve only recently found this out, but: the COC actually engaged their own administrative and artistic staff as the models in the promotional photos for the new season. The lovely people we see in those B&W pics in posters and progr
Winsome, tony, and studded with overbooked bistros, Tanglewood is not exactly crawling with bohemians these days.Winsome, tony, and studded with overbooked bistros, Tanglewood is not exactly crawling with bohemians these days. But on Saturday, the no
Royal Festival HallGurreliederWaldemar Robert Dean SmithTove Camilla TillingWood-dove Michelle DeYoungPeasant David SoarKlaus-Narr Wolfgang Ablinger-SperrhackeSpeaker Barbara SukowaPhilharmonia VoicesChoirs of the Royal Academy of MusicRoyal College
Andrea Silvestrelli as Hagen, Daniel Brenna as Siegfried, and members of the San Francisco Opera Chorus Photo: Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera 2018On Sunday, the San Francisco Opera closed the second of three performances of Wagners Der Ring des Nibe
Conductor:  Teodor CurrentzisProduction:  Peter SellarsThese two operas -- Tchaikovsky's Iolanta (1892) and Stravinsky's Persphone (1934) -- were presented together at Teatro Real in 2012.  Both were staged by Pete
Photo: Sam Gelber Robert Rattray's many friends gathered together in the Wigmore Hall on Friday to celebrate his contribution to our lives - a greatly loved friend and colleague who left us so suddenly on January 30. The musical tributes,...Photo: Sa
Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic play Beethoven.by Paul J. PelkonenYou like me: Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic.Photo by Chris Lee 2017 The New York Philharmonic.The relationship between a conductor and an orchestra, partic
Shaker ShadowsThis is the back view of items made by the Shaker settlement in Mount Lebanon, New York, currently on display at the de Young Museum in San Francisco as part of the exhibit Cult of the Machine, which is running until 12 August.
Nicolas Simeha in Seven Stones (Photo: Festival d'Aix-en-Provence)French barihunk Nicolas Simeha will be one of four singers in the  world premiere of Ondej Admek's "Seven Stones." The a capella piece is written for four solo singers and twe
Although Richard Strausss Der Rosenkavalier had already been performed in So Paulo before, first by a visiting German theatre on tour in 1959 and 10 years ago in concert with Anne Schwanewilms and the OSESP, this run of performances in the Theatro Mu
New York City Opera has announced a search for "a transgender singer with a treble voice" to create the role of a transgender character in the opera Stonewall.New York City Opera has announced a search for “a transgender singer with a trebl
(sung in English, as The Abduction from the Seraglio)The Grange, NorthingtonImages: The Grange Festival 2018/Simon AnnandOsmin (Jonathan Lemalu) and Blonde (Daisy Brown)Pasha Selim Alexander AndreouKonstanze Kiandra HowarthBlonde Daisy BrownBelmonte
Irne Theorin as Brnnhilde and Daniel Brenna as Siegfried Photo: Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera 2018Its an unusual distinction, but after its third outing in a decade Francesca Zambellos staging of Wagners Der Ring des Nibelungen remains consistent -
To pay homage and celebrate the final Cesare sung by Sarah Connolly–possibly the final mezzo Cesare on a major stage, as the CTs have just about completely taken over the role–a few of us made the trip to that little opera house o
Johan Persson Miah Persson as the Countess in Capriccio I finally caught up with Garsington's sublime production of Capriccio on Wednesday evening, with everyone fit and well and superbly polished and inglorious voice. At the centre of the fine... Jo
Conductor:  Marco ArmiliatoProduction:  David McVicarLeonora:  Anna Netrebko (soprano)Azucena:  Dolora Zajick (mezzo-soprano)Manrico:  Yonghoon Lee (tenor)di Luna:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone)F
OK, I usually profile singers, but I was so interested in how Matthew Olshefski, aka The Shirtless Violinist (just look at him!  **swoon**), has attracted people to classical music that I reached out to ask a few questions.  He has