Tag Archives: Opera

Five Books About The Opera Business

Eddie Pensier writes: The Toughest Show On Earth: My Rise And Reign At the Metropolitan Opera Joseph Volpe and Charles Michener Volpe was the Met’s General Manager from 1990 to 2006. In retrospect his tenure may have been conservative, but … Continue reading

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Manon Lescaut, Five Ways

Eddie Pensier writes: She done him so, so wrong. L’Histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut is a scandalous novella written in 1731 by Abbé Antoine François Prévost. Frequently banned and censored, it’s the story of a bourgeois … Continue reading

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Anita Cerquetti, Five Ways

Eddie Pensier writes: She never got the press or fame of Maria Callas, whom she famously replaced in a Rome Norma in 1958. She only made two official recordings, both for Decca: an aria recital and a complete La Gioconda. She … Continue reading

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Diagram Du Jour

Eddie Pensier writes: Pretty much. By Courtisane. Link thanks to Andrew Langer.

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Carlo Bergonzi, Five Ways

Eddie Pensier writes: There aren’t many singers who have epitomized the true meaning of bel canto better than Carlo Bergonzi. It literally means “beautiful singing”, and refers to the style or school that emphasizes vocal beauty and line above other … Continue reading

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Showtune Saturday: “Lonely House”

Eddie Pensier writes: The late American tenor Jerry Hadley gives us a haunting and wistful rendition of this tune, from Street Scene. Like Porgy and Bess, Street Scene is often the basis for pedantic musical arguments about whether it’s an opera … Continue reading

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Julius Rudel (1921-2014)

Eddie Pensier writes: In memory of the titanic Viennese conductor and impresario, who passed away yesterday at 93, here’s a clip of the Hotel Transylvanie gambling scene from Jules Massenet’s Manon, from a rare 1977 New York City Opera telecast. … Continue reading

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