Tuesday, May 19, 2009


My door to classical music came through Bach, Brahms, Schubert and Mahler, and not through opera. As an opera blogger, I am somewhat bogus. I enjoy the opera, but am just as happy to see a Messiaen organ concert or Lieder recital. My supply of adjectives is inadequate. I have said something was "nice" 135 times. This is versus 125 "wonderful" and 28 "exciting." I have called something "boring" 30 times.

In my life I have been a true fan of only one singer: Cecilia B*rtoli. I still love her, but find it discouraging to love a public figure this much. I added the * so it wouldn't google. Jonas K*ufmann and Anna N*trebko are pleasures and enthusiasms, but I don't love them.

Perhaps I am bored with blogging. To be any good at it I would have to work much harder. I started up Facebook and am having fun with that. One is never required to be intelligent there. Perhaps one isn't anyway. It might provide a better outlet for my meanderings off topic.

I notice the people who are most successful at opera blogging generally emphasize style over substance. This is not to be construed as a criticism. It may be that I haven't sufficient style. I am a nerd very deep down and am unlikely ever to change.

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