Followup: Lise Lindstrom and Opera History

Happy Friday!

Just two quick items for followup this morning.

First, more about Lise Lindstrom's Met opera premiere, in the form of reviews.

The first, from The New York Times, can be read here but highlights include:

"she sang with chilling power and nailed the top notes. Her sound was impressively focused, with a vibrant vibrato on sustained tones and no wobble. The youthful shimmer of her singing was balanced by rich emotional maturity."

The second, from The New York Observer says:

Ms. Lindstrom made the most of it with a remarkably assured, vocally gleaming performance. Turandot, the hyper-feminist Chinese princess who, in tribute to a wronged ancestor, has her suitors executed, sits the first act out, but the first thing she sings in the second is “In questa reggia,” with its cruelly exposed high notes. Not only did Ms. Lindstrom unleash the scena in tune—no easy task—but she showed a sense of flexible, lyrical phrasing that served her well in the softer moments of the third act.

And here we have an awesome 2010 season planned and I'm already excited for 2011 (disclaimer: Turandot was my first opera and one of my favorites - and the David Hockney production is to die for).

There's been a bit more buzz about the Opera History Twitter Project and our friends over at San Diego News Network have a story about it.

Remember, we start next Monday using the hashtag #operahistory and we're at _SanDiegoOpera (yep, that's an underscore before our name). Hope you can join us!


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