>That’s Why We Clap

>Saturday night we went to see a semi-pro production of Puccini’s Turandot in the dining hall of Lowell House, a Harvard College dorm that has been putting on operas since the 1920s. Turandot is pretty grand as these things go and the production didn’t miniaturize anything–full orchestra, colorful (very “Oriental”) sets and costumes, big voices […]

>Magnum Opera

>When Renee Fleming announced that upon consideration she would not, in fact, be singing Norma at the Met (or anyplace else), my first thought was, good call, Renee, but my second was to wonder if writers have any equivalent kind of challenge. Bellini’s Norma is something of a Mount Everest for sopranos. She’s an allegedly […]

>Bear footed

> Unlike this lucky little guy, who sat the whole thing out, I had to wear my big-boy shoes twice this weekend, first for the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards on Friday and then again for Dame Kiri’s farewell recital last night. Lolly and Kitty will be busy today to bring you more pictures and moments […]

>Brahma, mon dieux!

>We saw one of my favorite operas on Sunday, Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers, premiered in 1863 and putatively set in Ceylon. Its big tune, a duet for tenor and baritone, is apparently England’s perennial number one favorite. The Opera Boston production we saw played the Orientalism up to the hilt, with shadow puppets, projections of […]