• “Le Nozze di Figaro” at the LA Opera (April 12, 2015)

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    Figaro: Roberto Tagliavini

    Susanna: Pretty Yende

    Count Almaviva: Ryan McKinny Read the rest of this entry »

  • “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” at the LA Opera (March 14, 2015)

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    Figaro: Rodion Pogossov

    Rosina: Elizabeth DeShong

    Count Almaviva: René Barbera Read the rest of this entry »

  • Rosina’s Entrance, or How a Recitative Cut Can Change Everything

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    As anyone who explores this site can tell, my random thoughts about opera can sometimes be very, very random. I’ve been having one of those thoughts again. With LA in the midst of Figaro Unbound (see my review of UCLA’s I Due Figaro) and Il Barbiere di Siviglia currently playing at the LA Opera, Read the rest of this entry »

  • “I Due Figaro” at Opera UCLA (February 20, 2015)

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    Count Almaviva: Arnold Geis

    Countess Almaviva: Joanna Lynn-Jacobs

    Inés: Annie Sherman Read the rest of this entry »

  • Vittorio Grigolo at the Broad Stage (February 11, 2015)

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    I have a confession to make: I don’t particularly like recitals. I only go to them when the singer is a world-class star whom I’ll probably never get another chance to see or hear live. As anyone who follows this blog probably knows, opera mainly appeals to me as a way of telling stories through music. When I do listen to opera music just for the music’s own sake, I prefer to hear it on my IPod or the radio as I walk through a park Read the rest of this entry »

  • Opera Videography: La Cenerentola

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    The following is a list of every filmed performance of La Cenerentola that I’ve ever seen on DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS, ranked from my highest recommendation to my lowest. Notice that I’m not saying “best to worst”: I don’t dislike any of them, nor do I actually have an all-time favorite. But I know which versions I’d recommend the most highly to people who’ve never seen Cenerentola before, and which ones I’d recommend the least. If these comments of mine help anyone with their opera-shopping, I’ll be overjoyed.
















    UNITEL film, 1981

    Frederica von Stade (Cenerentola), Francisco Araiza (Don Ramiro), Paolo Montarsolo (Don Magnifico), Claudio Desderi (Dandini), Paul Plishka (Alidoro), Margherita Guglielmi (Clorinda), Laura Zannini (Tisbe); Coro del Teatro alla Scala; Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, cond. Claudio Abbado; dir. Jean-Pierre Ponnelle Read the rest of this entry »

  • Libr 200: My Replies to Other People’s Blog Posts

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    Blog Post #1


    “Hi Basilio, I’m Jordan. I like your name – I’m an opera lover and it’s the name of a character in “The Barber of Seville” and “The Marriage of Figaro.” Libraries are like a second home to me too, and I’m also interested in academic librarianship, especially in the field of music. I wish you the very best of luck!”


    Blog Post #2


    “What a valuable study topic! Just by casually observing libraries, I can tell that older adults are one of the most prominent information communities, and one that needs particular assistance and guidance for various reasons, not least the fact that many seniors lack technological savvy. Kudos to you for giving them the attention they need!”


    Blog Post #3


    “Good job with your interview! I never knew much about what archivists do before. I’ll have to keep all this in mind in case I ever need to consult an archivist myself.”


    Blog Post #4


    “Excellent interview and reflections. In hindsight, I wish I had asked my interviewees the questions that you asked, in addition to my own.”


    Blog Post #5


    “I have yet to work in a library, but I’ll keep all you’ve written here in mind, especially since I live in LA, a city with a huge immigrant population. The balance between helping patrons as best we can and maintaining the necessary legal and ethical standpoint can be a difficult one. I’m glad we have the opportunity to discuss and analyze it and hopefully learn from each other.”


    Blog Post #6


    “Excellent post! Your views on stereotypes and dress will be worth remembering when I enter the library work force, and I love your meme. It perfectly captures the difference the sources of knowledge that TV promotes vs. better sources of knowledge that are often overlooked.”


    Blog Post #7


    “Nice observations. I own a smart phone, but I’m still just getting the hang of apps and sometimes feel like a dinosaur. My old-fashioned mind would never have thought to consider apps an information source in the same sense as libraries. But for better or worse, as you said, they are!”


    Book Review


    “This book sounds excellent. Increased user participation seems to be the direction that a lot of information sources are taking nowadays. I think I approve of that change, though I need to do more research on the subject. Increased user feedback and integration of the museum/library/etc into the community sounds good to me! I’m tempted to look for a copy of this book based on what you’ve written.”