Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Five plus three

Three days ago the blog turned five years old. As ever, I offer some selections from the last year's worth of posts...
On Maija Kovalevska and Puccini's La Boheme
On Puccini's La Rondine and Angela Gheorghiu
On Swiss soprano Lisa Della Casa's 90th birthday
On Verdi's Il Trovatore
On Dvorak's Rusalka
On Mary Zimmerman's production of Sonnambula
Review -- Metropolitan Opera 125th Anniversary Gala
On Diana Damrau's Gilda in Rigoletto
Review -- Rene Pape's recital debut
On the season's last Walk├╝re
On Britten's Rape of Lucretia
On Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots
On the premiere of Luc Bondy's Tosca production
On Strauss and Hofmannsthal's Der Rosenkavalier
My thanks to all readers, commenters, and correspondents who've followed and encouraged these perspectives, as well as to all the people with whom I've discussed opera without mention of the blog.


  1. I've been a big fan of your blog since I found it after you reviewed my best friend's showing at the Met Council Finals.
    With great detail and smart insight, I always make it a point to check your thoughts before choosing to spend $18 at my local theatre for the HD shows (because, alas, I do not have the luxury of calling New York 'home').
    Congrats on the milestone - keep up the excellent work.

  2. Happy 5th birthday!


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