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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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Sunday Morning Opera: Va pensiero

Sunday Morning Opera:  Va pensiero
March 26, 2017
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Anyone who knows anything about opera understands the lore and legend of Va pensiero. We also know that when it …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: The Ultimate Baritone Smack-down

Sunday Morning Opera:  The Ultimate Baritone Smack-down
March 5, 2017
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I have resisted temptation long enough.  In honor of the 225th or the 56th birthday Gioachino Rossini, I’m just going …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: I Want to Hold Your Hand (sort of)

Sunday Morning Opera: I Want to  Hold Your Hand (sort of)
January 15, 2017
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This is my favorite duet. Don Giovanni: There I’ll give you my hand, There you’ll say yes: See, it is …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: Sir Bryn Terfel CBE

Sunday Morning Opera: Sir Bryn Terfel CBE
January 1, 2017
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Even the average operatic male – tenor, baritone, or bass, gets to play a knight at least once, onstage.  Very …Read the Rest

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Sunday Morning Opera: A Little Dmitri

Sunday Morning Opera:  A Little Dmitri
December 17, 2016
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And – an encore. From what I gather, this is for a new album, recorded yesterday!

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Sunday Morning Opera: The Heavy Heart Edition

Sunday Morning Opera:  The Heavy Heart Edition
December 11, 2016
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By now you’ve heard the news about our favorite baritone.  It is heart-breaking.  Opera is like baseball.  It does break …Read the Rest

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Go Ahead, Burn That Flag!

Go Ahead, Burn That Flag!
December 3, 2016
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You want to burn a flag?  Cool. I’ll even give you matches and some lighter fluid.  I’ll record the incident, …Read the Rest

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Sunday Morning Opera: Cheesy Songs & Baritones

Sunday Morning Opera:  Cheesy Songs & Baritones
November 20, 2016
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The best baritone crooning is cheesy. I doesn’t matter who the baritone is, it just needs to be a little …Read the Rest

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Sunday Morning Opera: Largo al Factotum

Sunday Morning Opera:  Largo al Factotum
November 13, 2016
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This post is dedicated to President-Elect Donald Trump. I suspect he is beginning to feel like Figero, with everyone wanting …Read the Rest

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Sunday Morning Opera: Là ci darem la mano Smackdown

Sunday Morning Opera: Là ci darem la mano Smackdown
November 6, 2016
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This is my very favorite duet. Period. And – a special treat!

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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: Happy Birthday Dmitri Hvorostovsky!

Sunday Morning Opera:  Happy Birthday Dmitri Hvorostovsky!
October 16, 2016
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Today is our favorite baritone’s birthday.  It is yet another perfect excuse for completely self-indulgent wallowing in the greatest voice …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: 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: Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125

Sunday Morning Opera:  Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125
September 11, 2016
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Eric Leinsdof Sherrill Milnes Placido Domingo Jane Marsh Josephine Veasey This is considered one of the finest recordings of Beethoven’s …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: Hvorostovsky’s New CD

Sunday Morning Opera:  Hvorostovsky’s New CD
August 14, 2016
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Songs of War, Peace, Love & Sorrow The Demon, Scene 6: Dmitri Hvorostovsky has a new CD. My unbiased review? …Read the Rest

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