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Initial post: Mar 7, 2010 4:18:38 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 7, 2010 5:25:03 PM PST
Piso Mojado says:
New CD issues of interest include Dux-709 is of a live concert in 2008 for the bicentenary of the law faculty of Warsaw University by contralto Ewa Podles, who sings "Stride la vampa" from "Trovatore", "Di tanti palpiti" from Rossini's "Tancredi", the brindisi from Donizetti's "Lucrezia Borgia", and "Cruda sorte" from Rossini's "L'Italiana in Algieri"., also Haydn's cantata "Arianna a Naxos". The Polish Radio Symphony under Lukasz Borowicz plays Beethoven's "Prometheus", and Rossini's "Barber" and "Italiana" overtures. Good review of Podles in March-April "American Record Guide".

Two historical budget issues from Fischer-Dieskau's early career 1953-1959: Haenssler 94201 Sacred Songs and Arias by Johann Christoph Bach ("Ach, dass ich Wassers genug haette in meinem Haupte" by this son of J. S. Bach's great uncle Heinrich; and 16 arias from J. S. Bach cantatas and Schemelli songbook.

Haenssler 94206 if sacred works by Heinrich Schuetz, Symphoniae Sacrae", "Seven Last Words", and "Fili Mi, Absalon" with trombone quartet and continuo. August Langenbeck, choral director at South German Radio, conducts these recordings made for radio broadcast.

Posted on Mar 24, 2010 6:22:36 PM PDT
Piso Mojado says:
Wolfgang Wagner died Sunday aged 90, the last of the grandchildren of Richard Wagner and Cosima Liszt-Von Bulow-Wagner. I saw him, and separately his brother Wieland Wagner in conversation with conductor Joseph Keilberth outside the Festspielhaus at Bayreuth in 1954. Wolfgang signed an admission note to get a friend of my wife's into the performance without a ticket. Comments?

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 3:46:31 PM PDT
Piso Mojado says:
Placido Domingo is reported to be recuperating from surgery to remove colon polyps and hopes to sing his scheduled performance of "Simon Baccanegra" at La Scala later this spring.

Posted on Apr 4, 2010 12:46:41 PM PDT
Piso Mojado says:
Mezzo-soprano Blanche Thebom has died at 94. Some will know her Brangaene in Furtwaengler's "Tristan" with Flagstad. I saw Thebom as Ortrud in a concert "Lohengrin" many years ago in Indianapolis. She is the only singer I remember in the cast. Fabien Sevitzky conducted. It was pretty deadly. "Lohengrin" staged is static enough!

Posted on Apr 4, 2010 8:14:25 PM PDT
Leonard Slatkin has left the Met's production of "La Traviata" after only one performance, a faulty opening night last week. I was listening to the performance and thought things weren't as they should be, but since I was only hearing and not seeing what was happening, I wrongly assumed that things were as they were supposed to be.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2010 9:44:36 AM PDT
Piso Mojado says:
Richard Evans -- Leonard Slatkin's one Met performance of "Traviata" was badly received by New York reviewers. He left, admitting he was unprepared, which may be a first for conductors.

James Levine now faces more lower-back surgery, has withdrawn from his next two Met productions, and from his BSO concerts.

Posted on Apr 23, 2010 3:02:33 PM PDT
Piso Mojado says:
Testament have released a complete live Bayreuth "Parsifal" with Karl Liebl. He was one of the three tenors outlasted by Birgit Nilsson in a famous Met "Tristan". He recorded a good "Tannhaeuser" with Rodzinski, Weber's "Oberon" as Huon of Bordeaux, and Erik in Dorati's "Flying Dutchman". His Huon is the best I've heard, and I've heard Rosvaenge's.

The final "Goetterdaemmerung" installment of Testament's live Bayreuth "Ring" with Keilberth from 1955 has Hans Hotter singing Guenther, which he sometimes did just for variety, and to give him something to do after Wotan/Wanderer departs in "Siegfried". A 1952 Met "Don Carlos" with Hotter as Grand Inquisitor was recently issued.

Posted on Apr 24, 2010 9:44:23 AM PDT
Piso Mojado says:
Now Karita Mattila is out at the Met with a spinal disc problem. Who is next? Are slipped discs contagious?

Posted on Apr 24, 2010 2:29:06 PM PDT
John Ruggeri says:
Posted on Apr. 24, 2010 9:44 AM PDT
Piso Mojado says:
Now Karita Mattila is out at the Met with a spinal disc problem. Who is next? Are slipped discs contagious?

Maybe old LP vinyl were stronger than the new discs.


Posted on Apr 25, 2010 7:06:12 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 15, 2010 8:29:11 AM PST
Piso Mojado says:
Chicago Opera Theater's last performance of Rossini's "Moses in Egypt" today, not heard here since 1863, 147 years ago, when Mr. Lincoln was President. I'm looking forward to it, reviews are good, rehearsal excerpts and interview with conductor are on COT's website, and it's in the new Harris Theater, which I've never seen, underground beneath Chicago's new Millenium Park. You take an elevator DOWN five stories to stage level. What fun! Whoosh!!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2010 10:53:05 AM PDT
John Ruggeri says:

"Moses in Egypt" has some exceptionally beautiful music. I hope you will enjoy it. JOHN

The first thing I ever heard from this opera and one of the earliest recordings of the angelic Tebaldi age 24.
Tebaldi, Pasero, Malipiero la Scala The inaugural concert 11th May 1946 with Toscanini conducting.

IMO - one of the great basso recordings;
Nazzareno de Angelis - Eterno, immenso, incomprensibil Dio! from Rossini's Mose

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 8:33:43 AM PDT
Eutychus says:
Story in today's NY Times:

"The Met Anoints a Guest Conductor

"The Metropolitan Opera, hobbled by the ailments of its maestro, James Levine, has moved to bolster its musical direction by appointing a principal guest conductor, only the second in its recent history."

Story at:

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 3:23:30 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 29, 2010 5:10:52 AM PDT
Figaro says:
Eutychus, thanks very much. I saw the same article earlier today. Interesting; we can expect it to at least forestall another Slatkin debacle, but we could be in for some interesting times if "Jimmy" is too fragile to fully resume his status and role.

Ten days ago I managed to make the final performance of Terrance McNally's "Nights at the Opera: Master Class" at the Kennedy Center in DC. Many of you have likely seen it as it's been around for a while, and though while aware of it for some time this was my first opportunity. A very clever conception by McNally; i.e., having Callas reflect back over her life, career, loves, and demons through the prism of her interaction with three voice students in the 71-72 Julliard master classes. Tyne Daly was superb as Callas in all her complex and maddening dimensions -- and justified her rave reviews. The three voice students -- young singers with bona fides in regional opera companies -- were quite good, and not bad as actors either. Interestingly, the tenor (Tony) was sung/played by Ta'u Pupu'a, an extremely large man whose credits revealed that he had started as a professional football player -- the Baltimore Ravens -- and, having been injured, returned to his "first love" of being an opera singer. Not the typical career path.
I would recommend it if you have the opportunity. Bottom line on a bumper sticker, IMHO: highly dedicated artist; great singer; acquired taste; ruined her voice; Tebaldi was better. But her devotees think she was the greatest, and that's fine too.

Posted on May 4, 2010 8:42:14 AM PDT
Piso Mojado says:
Chicago Opera Theater, having just given us Rossini's "Moses in Egitto" and Cavalli's "Giasone", now turns to Jake Heggie's "The Three (somethings)" written for Frederike von Stade, who will sing it/them here in a sort of Chicago farewell and also sing in recital with Heggie.

Posted on May 7, 2010 7:15:16 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 8, 2010 8:10:54 PM PDT
Jake Heggie's "Three Decembers" was broadcast on the radio/computer stream with its original Houston Grand Opera cast as part of an opera double bill of "Three Decembers" and Theofanidis' "Refugee". I don't recall if it was a part of the series of American opera companies (Houston, San Francisco, Chicago) that fill the airwaves after the Met season concludes in May or if I heard a broadcast on the computer from Houston, but both opera performances are now available on CD from Albany Records. Of the two, I prefer the Heggie work. I recently "captured" Andre Previn's "Brief Encounter" on my computer and have found it to be quite lovely, unlike his "Street Car Named Desire". "Encounter" actually has arias and beautiful orchestral music ala Puccini, and in my opinion, there is nothing wrong in imitating Puccini. In the Houston performance that features Elizabeth Futral and Nathan Gunn, the text is clearly understood which adds to the listening experience. This opera might be broadcast later this summer after the Met season concludes. Check on a daily basis for it and other operas that were performed in Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Los Angeles and Washington over the winter months.

Posted on May 9, 2010 11:47:06 AM PDT
Piso Mojado says:
Giulietta Simionato has died in Rome, seven days before her 100th birthday.

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 10:29:20 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 1, 2010 10:29:54 AM PDT
Piso Mojado says:
The death of soprano Anneliese Rothenberger is announced in Germany at age 83 or 85. Collectors will know her many recordings of opera and operetta, delightful in her prime.

Posted on Jun 19, 2010 12:23:26 PM PDT
Piso Mojado says:
The Canadian contralto Maureen Forrester has died at 79.

Posted on Aug 8, 2010 7:44:49 PM PDT
Just in case anyone is interested, there is a live broadcast from the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, Italy of Rossini's SIGISMONDO with the following cast:
Sigismondo, Daniela Barcellona
Ulderico / Zenovito, Andrea Concetti
Aldimira, Olga Peretyatko
Ladislao, Antonino Siragusa
Anagilda, Manuela Bisceglie
Radoski, Enea Scala
Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna
direttore, Michele Mariotti

This definitely is a rarity that makes listening to it a must. Check here for listening details.
Tuesday brings another rarity, DEMETRIO E POLIBIO while Wednesday's offering is the more familiar La Cenerentola. All three begin at 2 pm eastern time.

Posted on Aug 29, 2010 12:42:23 PM PDT
Piso Mojado says:
German Heldentenor Klaus Florian Vogt replaced Jonas Kaufmann at Bayreuth Festival's "Lohengrin" in July.

Posted on Aug 29, 2010 8:02:07 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2010 8:30:24 PM PDT
Vittorio Grigolo can be heard on the NPR World of Opera this week in a repeat performance of Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia from Washington National Opera. Check for when you can heard this performance from various US radio stations that stream on the web. It started its weekly run this past Friday on stations.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2010 3:16:09 AM PDT
Just go to google and you' ll see o lot of him. Did a super job in Traviata with Ciofi at Orange ( France ) last year, televided on French network here.

Posted on Aug 30, 2010 7:46:42 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2010 5:23:29 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 30, 2010 6:45:13 PM PDT
Piso Mojado says:
donna elviro and other fans or those interested in Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo. His debut Sony CD is announced for release on October 5 with arias by Donizetti, Verdi and Puccini. He is to debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Rodolfo in "La boheme" October 16, 20, 23, 28, and November 1 and 5 according to advertisements from Sony and ArkivMusic.\ in "Listen" magazine and elsewhere. He can also be seen and heard in many things on YouTube.
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