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    OTF - Der fliegende Holländer

    I haven't been posting muchrecently - more like once or twice a quarter... Time is simply not on my side, but as I have a few days off work for the Holidays, I thought I'd finally get around to...
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    OTF - The Old switch-a-roo

    Many years ago, the CBC broadcasted an Edmonton Opera performance of the Marriage of Figaro sung in English.

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    That what I thought, exactly!

    I won’t call it a cottage industry, but there...
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    OTF - L'heure Espagnole (Ravel)

    I don't quite know how my last post got corrupted... Take 2...

    Many times on OTF, I’ve tried to program one-act operas. I don’t mind monumental works (like Wagner’s Tristan we discussed last time)...
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    OTF - Wagner's Tristan und Isolde

    In June 2016, Hugo Shirley wrote a very interesting article for Gramophone titled “The opera that changed music”. The article opens with quotes from Alma Mahler, Clara Schumann and Edward Elgar as...
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    OTF – The Seasons (Haydn)

    It’s been an interminable winter it seems – after a few weeks of dry weather, we were swamped with 20 cm of snow this past week… Thank Goodness, spring is around the corner, and I thought I’d try and...
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    OTF – Il Trittico, Revisited

    For those of you who have followed this series over the last five years, you will notice that Puccini’s Trittico was the subject of a four-part series of posts in November-December 2012. Why, when...
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    OTF – La voix humaine

    As I am sure many of you were, I was saddened to read about the passing of French conductor Georges Prêtre a few days ago. In the obituary prepared by the Guardian, they write that



    To further...
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    OTF - The Creation (Haydn)

    For this installment of OTF, I thought I would continue our look at the works hosted by LiberMusica with an oratorio rather than an opera. This time of year, the oratorio of choice is Handel’s...
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    OTF - La Wally

    From a flood to an avalanche!

    This installment of OTF looks at Alfredo Catalani’s opera La Wally, in a recording I moined off the LiberMusica site. More on the performance later in this post.
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    OTF - Le Roi d'Ys

    This fortnight’s post is another of our ongoing series of “uncovered” works from the Italian site Liber Liber, and features another opera that, shall I say, takes us off the beaten path.

    The lost...
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    OTF - The “other” Bohème

    Before I get started with this post, I wanted to bring to your attention a site we explored in these pages before, that has undergone a bit of a facelift. It is the Italian Public Domain site Liber...
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    OTF - Schubert's Winterreise

    I‘m back… Sort of.
    I’ve not been active on OperaLively for several months now. As it turns out, I was over-extending myself on my many projects and platforms, and because I didn’t have much on the...
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    This montage will soon leave our Pod-O-Matic...

    This montage will soon leave our Pod-O-Matic rotation. You can always find it in our archives at https://archive.org/details/pcast211
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    This montage will soon leave our Pod-O-Matic...

    This montage will soon leave our Pod-O-Matic rotation. You can always find it in our archives at https://archive.org/details/pcast210
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    This montage will not be available on pour...

    This montage will not be available on pour Pod-O-Matic Channel much longer... No. 209 of the ongoing ITYWLTMT series of audio montages can be found in our archives at...
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    OTF - COnsolidated DIrectory as at 2015

    Just a brief note to my friends at OperaLively, wishing everyone a Happy New Year for 2016 with a consolidated list of all the "complete operas" we have shared over the last few years, with links to...
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    OTF – The Magic Flute

    This year on OTF, we have featured our fair share of “complete” Mozart operas: Don Giovanni and Cosi fan Tutte completed the Mozart-Da Ponte trilogy we began a few years ago (and reprised this summer...
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    OTF - The Blues

    This month’s podcast montage concludes our November homage to artists we have lost – and anniversaries thereof – with a focus on three of them and a common thematic link.


    The three honorees this...
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    OTF - Jon Vickers sings Otello

    OTF returns with a full-length opera this month, but first a few words on the life and career of the late great Canadian Heldentenor Jon Vickers, who passed away this past July.
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    OTF - Scary Classics

    Tomorrow is Hallowe'en, and I thought we should take this opportunity to consider some musical selections that are "appropriate" for the circumstances.


    The first selection in the montage, Bach's...
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    OTF – Art Song at the Gardner

    This month on OTF, I have not planned to present any opera. My next opera post will be in November, and I promise that it will be a doozy.



    Instead, for this installment anyway, I wanted to...
  22. OTF - This Day in Music History, 30 September 1935

    On this day, 80 years ago, the world premiere performance of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess took place at the Colonial Theatre in Boston—the try-out for a work intended initially for Broadway where...
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    OTF – Three African-American Operas

    OTF returns after summer hiatus with my podcast for September. It aligns with an important anniversary – this year marks the 80-th anniversary of the creation of George Gershwin’s “folk opera” Porgy...
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    This montage will leave our Pod-O-Matic rotation...

    This montage will leave our Pod-O-Matic rotation on July 10. You can always find it in our archives at https://archive.org/details/pcast202
  25. OTF – Great Voices from the (not so distant) past

    For this my second of a two-part OTF leveraging some of Sean Bianco’s “Opera Potpourri” podcasts, I thought I would share some more great moments from singers in recordings from after 1950.
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