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Sunday Morning Opera: Will She or Won’t She?

Sunday Morning Opera:  Will She or Won’t She?
April 9, 2017
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Last week, the operatic world was shocked to hear that the greatest soprano of a generation – today’s Beverly Sills, …Read the Rest

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Budget Cuts, NASA, the Arts & Hype

Budget Cuts, NASA, the Arts & Hype
March 20, 2017
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I remember well the old NASA funding wars of the 1980s when the Democrats did everything they could not only …Read the Rest

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Sunday Morning Opera: William Warfield

Sunday Morning Opera:  William Warfield
February 26, 2017
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William Warfield was one of the great operatic basses – period.  He was also married to the legendary Leontyne Price. …Read the Rest

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Sunday Morning Opera: Marian Anderson

Sunday Morning Opera:  Marian Anderson
February 19, 2017
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A few weeks ago it was announced that Harriet Tubman was going to be featured on the new twenty dollar …Read the Rest

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Sunday Morning Opera: Happy Birthday Leontyne Price

Sunday Morning Opera: Happy Birthday Leontyne Price
February 12, 2017
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The Diva in a Turban turned ninety this week! There is no argument that she is one of the greatest …Read the Rest

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Sunday Morning Opera: RIP Roberta Peters

Sunday Morning Opera:  RIP Roberta Peters
January 22, 2017
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During the new golden age of opera there were a handful of legendary sopranos at the Met who bridged the …Read the Rest

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Conscience of the King

Conscience of the King
January 17, 2017
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As I write this, it is the national holiday celebrating the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.  It is a …Read the Rest

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Sunday Morning Opera: Celebrating the Greatest – Ever

Sunday Morning Opera: Celebrating the Greatest – Ever
January 9, 2017
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Beginning at midnight on January 10, I’ll be tweeting 24 hours of music honoring the greatest baritone there ever was. …Read the Rest

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Sunday Morning Opera: The Greatest – Ever!

Sunday Morning Opera:  The Greatest – Ever!
January 8, 2017
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Tomorrow is the birthday of the greatest baritone of them all, the one who put the hunk in the word …Read the Rest

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Sunday Morning Opera: National Opera Week

Sunday Morning Opera:  National Opera Week
October 30, 2016
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Two things are going on this week. First, it is National Opera Week. Secondly, today is annual Richard Tucker Foundation …Read the Rest

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Sunday Morning Opera: Sex, Violence & Politics

Sunday Morning Opera:  Sex, Violence & Politics
October 23, 2016
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Anyone who loves opera knows it is all about sex, violence, and politics, only very well sung.  Verdi excelled in …Read the Rest

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Sunday Morning Opera: Keenlyside’s Giovanni

Sunday Morning Opera:  Keenlyside’s Giovanni
October 9, 2016
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Simon Keenlyside is back at the Met, doing Giovanni.  I like his Giovanni.  Heck, I like his Mozart, period.  His …Read the Rest

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Sunday Morning Opera: Speedo Green

Sunday Morning Opera:  Speedo Green
October 2, 2016
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When you hear the name Speedo Green, opera doesn’t exactly come up as the first career choice. OMG! He is …Read the Rest

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Sunday Morning Opera: Self-Indulgent Baritone Fix

Sunday Morning Opera: Self-Indulgent Baritone Fix
September 25, 2016
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My favorite baritone appears to be morphing into a crooner of the Robert Goulet ilk. Some might think that is …Read the Rest

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Sunday Morning Opera: The New Met at 50

Sunday Morning Opera: The New Met at 50
September 18, 2016
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This is one of those wonderful, self-indulgent posts that can be about anything.  I’m loving it.  I suspect I’ll just …Read the Rest

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Sunday Morning Opera: Leonard Bernstein

Sunday Morning Opera:  Leonard Bernstein
August 28, 2016
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I wonder how many people besides moi owe their love of classical music to Leonard Bernstein and his Sunday afternoon …Read the Rest

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Sunday Morning Opera: Il Balen Del Suo Sorriso Smackdown

Sunday Morning Opera: Il Balen Del Suo Sorriso Smackdown
August 21, 2016
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When I was working on today’s post, I noticed something interesting. There are many great baritones, yet very few of …Read the Rest

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Sunday Morning Opera: Richard Tucker

Sunday Morning Opera:  Richard Tucker
August 7, 2016
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I’m beginning to think he was the best tenor of the lot.

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Verdi, Trovatore, and Marxism

Verdi, Trovatore, and Marxism
July 24, 2016
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I love Verdi.  I am also a total and complete Marxist.  Unfortunately, in 1935, there was an unfortunate (for me) …Read the Rest

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I Understand Tosca

I Understand Tosca
July 12, 2016
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Like I told my cousin last night, I’m frantic.  I’m terribly upset about losing my home, when it is so …Read the Rest

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Sunday Morning Opera: Tosca, I Need Tosca

Sunday Morning Opera:  Tosca, I Need Tosca
July 10, 2016
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I’ve had a rough week.  I think everyone has.  At times like these, we all need a little bit of …Read the Rest

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Sunday Morning Opera: From Russia with Love

Sunday Morning Opera:  From Russia with Love
June 19, 2016
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Our favorite person in opera is touring Russia. He has a performance today in Prague. The important thing is a …Read the Rest

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Sunday Morning Opera: The Greatest Soprano There Ever Was

Sunday Morning Opera:  The Greatest Soprano There Ever Was
May 29, 2016
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Wednesday would have been Beverly Sills 87th birthday.  When it comes to Bubbles, where do you begin?  I’ll start with …Read the Rest

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Sunday Morning Opera: The Best Rigoletto?

Sunday Morning Opera:  The Best Rigoletto?
May 8, 2016
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The other day, Barihunks did a Tweet asking who was the best Rigoletto?  It is quite obvious – Sherrill Milnes. …Read the Rest

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Sunday Morning Opera: The Willow Song

Sunday Morning Opera:  The Willow Song
May 1, 2016
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I rarely feature sopranos, but there are times when one must do what one must do.  The Willow Song, from …Read the Rest

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Sunday Morning Opera: Shakespeare in Opera

Sunday Morning Opera:  Shakespeare in Opera
April 24, 2016
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William Shakespeare died 400 years ago, yesterday. In many ways Shakespeare and opera is a match made in heaven.  The …Read the Rest

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Sunday Morning Opera: Saying Good-bye to Jimmy

Sunday Morning Opera:  Saying Good-bye to Jimmy
April 17, 2016
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“…I really recommend the following. Before you’re going to hear a piece, any piece, for the first time, don’t do …Read the Rest

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Sunday Morning Opera: O du mein holder Abendstern

Sunday Morning Opera:   O du mein holder Abendstern
March 13, 2016
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One of the greatest baritone arias ever is O du mein holder Abendstern from Tannhauser. Enough said. Like a premonition …Read the Rest

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Sunday Morning Opera: Sex and Politics

Sunday Morning Opera:  Sex and Politics
March 7, 2016
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There are two constant themes in opera – sex and politics.  They are almost always in the same opera.  There …Read the Rest

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Sunday Morning Opera: Latonia Moore

Sunday Morning Opera:  Latonia Moore
February 28, 2016
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I am a confessed baritone junkie.  It is very, very rare that I bother with anything else but baritones.  But, …Read the Rest

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