Last night’s performance of Die Zauberflöte, or in Finnish Taikahuilu, was greeted by a veritable constellation of the finest singing actors the Finnish National Opera had to offer. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.
Let the Finnish holiday festivities begin!
Thanks to Jack SkyBlue’s urging, this became a reality. Wrote this at 4 to 5 am-ish as I was preparing to leave for Dallas Fort Worth airport and return to HI, in the probably the most sheltered household I’ve ever had the pleasure of staying in. This is admittedly “12 Pains of Christmas” inspired, but instead I’ve chosen to butcher “Carol of the Bells”; while I like the tune, my complete ignorance of the lyrics has made it far easier. 20 Christmas cards and one broken wine glass later, here we are. Ding dong, ding dong.
It is the night before I leave for Helsinki for my Christmas and New Year’s break. So, what better way to greet my holiday than with a soprano I read a lot about online, yet have not seen nor heard her live, the fine, young lirico-spinto soprano, Signorina Elena Guseva. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.
This holiday season let Tara Erraught’s rambunctiously lovable Hansel and Lisette Oropesa’s daintily sparky Gretel take you on a journey from their cottage all the way to the woods and then to the iconic Gingerbread House. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.
The festive season continues and this time we are traveling back to the 1920’s with a surreal, vivid, magnificent, and amusing production of Mozart’s final opera The Magic Flute, which is, in turn, a grand homage to silent films, way before the talkies came to fruition. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.
‘Twas the season for the magnificent Frau Petra Lang to sing up a blizzard as the fiercely independent yet sorely misguided antiheroine, Ortrud. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.
Let us all celebrate an extraordinary Winter Solstice with two grand divas who portray two iconic priestesses, one whose voice soars like an eagle in the form of Angela Meade’s Norma and the other whose voice has the steely plushness and fiery blaze of a meteor in the form of Jamie Barton’s Adalgisa. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.
This album is truly a blessing from this British nightingale with a silvery voice based in Prague. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.