I notice now that I am posting a list of most popular blog posts, certain perennial favorites have fallen off the list. Most notably now missing are "14" and "Maria Ewing." "Camille Claudel is still going strong." A few have risen and then disappeared, a more expected behavior. A surprise is the increased popularity of a film of Sondra Radvanovsky singing an aria from Anna Bolena.
Cecilia Bartoli will miss her Ory opening in Vienna. I hope she gets well soon. She will be replaced by the rising Pretty Yende, recently in Ory at the Met.
Some time this spring Ailyn Pérez will release her first album titled Poème d’un jour. This will include music in both French and Spanish.
Big weekend: Ainadamar, Rigoletto and Philharmonia Baroque.
Larry Brownlee and Pretty Yende triumphing in Vienna. I was interested to read in a review that during Rossini's lifetime Le Comte Ory was very popular.
Merola's Il Re Pastore
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