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OperaNow! #248: A QR Code Full of D%^#s!

NYCO Tosca arrives with mixed reviews...Are we being too sensitive on the operatic stage?...Cross-over Dido...No Verdi or Puccini next season a Lyric Opera Chicago...Police called on man screaming in his apartment.
It's February, so Oliver's Corner can take a break  from researching operas and rely on the artistry of others. 
This week:  Leona Mitchell, Robert McFerrin, and Barbara Hendricks.
This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.

Reader Comments (4)

Michael,Where is your roasted chicken recipe? Barefoot Contessa has a great one that I use all the time.

February 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLouis

I was happy that Oliver saluted Barbara Hendricks. Despite his misgivings, she has always been a favorite of mine. I first saw and heard her in a PBS broadcast of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Bicentennial commission of David DelTredici's "Final Alice" conducted by Solti. Her subsequent recording is a tour de force and one of my very favorites. I saw her do a live performance of "Four Last Songs" in Tokyo, and she was serene and ethereal. I even like some of the tracks on her Disney CD. I doubt that there exists a more enchanting rendition of "Bella Notte".

February 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLarry Wells

I like the Barbara Hendricks recording of the Pearl Fishers.

On Doug's point about translation - what really annoys me is when they try to make the translation fit the production, even if that means a complete departure from the literal meaning of the words or obvious anachronisms.

I also agree with Doug that we need pluralism in productions. We need a balance between different styles so that we can refresh and reinterpret things as well as seeing them in their original context. There's a place for both.

February 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMenuet alla Zoppa

Hey, Oliver, have you heard the Don Pasquale with Barbara Hendricks and your man (and mine, btw) Gino Quilico as Malatesta? What do you think of it?

February 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSQLWitch

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