Soprano Kiera Duffy

I met soprano Kiera Duffy for lunch yesterday at Six Feet Under to talk about her career and current role in The Atlanta Opera's production of  Cosi fan tutte.  You can find the interview in an upcoming issue of Classical Singer.  Duffy was featured in the Susan Froemke documentary The Audition, a film which revealed the behind-the-scenes experiences of 12 [...]

Metropolitan Opera Simulcast: Lucia di Lammermoor The Metropolitan Opera presented the final performance of a run of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor for its March 19 HD simulcast.    Director Mary Zimmerman incorporated a ghostly apparition during Lucia's aria, "Regnava nel silenzio" - not outlined in the score - but as a reference to the Walter Scott novel.  It was haunting and effective to see as Lucia tells [...]

Who is Mary Costa?

Recently I've been studying the score of Mozart's opera Cosi fan tutte and chose my companion to be a 1954 EMI recording, conducted by Herbert von Karajan.  I love Maestro Karajan's recording of the complete Beethoven symphonies and knew that this particular Cosi is regarded as one of his most successful Mozart endeavors on record.  The cast includes Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Nan Merriman, [...]

Opera Requires Suspension of Disbelief…Sometimes

A Night at the Opera by William Matthews  (from Search Party: Collected Poems) "The tenor's too fat," the beautiful young woman complains, "and the soprano dowdy and old." But what if Othello's not black, if Rigoletto's hump lists, if airy Gilda and her entourage of flesh outweigh the cello section? In fairy tales, the prince [...]