Tag Archives: Jonas Kaufmann

Welcome to the Darkness. Bayerische Staatsoper’s Il Trovatore

Three weeks ago, I was sitting excitedly in my seat at the Bavarian State Opera, waiting for Verdi’s Il Trovatore to begin. All four performances in this short run during the summer Opernfestspiele (Opera Festival) had been sold out for … Continue reading

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Parsifalling: I fell for the Met’s Parsifal (part the first)

I call this “Parsifalling” because I certainly have fallen completely under the spell of that wily wizard Wagner. The music I loved first, but always found the story problematic. This production’s cast, direction, conducting, choreography, design–everything, really–moved me, excited me, … Continue reading

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Magical Mystery Tour: Parsifal dress rehearsal

What an incredible two days! Although I lost a day at the beginning to blizzicane Nemo, I had the most amazing time at the final dress rehearsal for the Met Opera’s new production of Parsifal. As you can imagine it … Continue reading

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Priceless: Jonas Kaufmann Recital in Princeton NJ

Drive 900 miles round trip tolls and gas take 3 vacation days ask friends to put us up and feed us 65 minutes of music = Priceless! On February 16, my friend Susan Martin and I packed our bags into … Continue reading

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Years ago, before the popularity of reading groups, I used to have friends over for a “Literary Tea,” the purpose of which was to tell each other about our current favorite books and persuade each other to read them. Ironically, … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on The Sorrows of Young Werther

The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe by R.D. Boylan My rating: 4 of 5 stars I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. Sturm und Drang, romanticism, the first emo boy, first copycat suicides, … Continue reading

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Jonas Kaufmann recital at the Met Opera

Well, this is far too long to put on Facebook, and since my friends have been so supportive and kind about this whole adventure, I’ll actually do a blog post! Shocking, I know. This weekend I made a speedy trip … Continue reading

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