Rigoletto Talk, May 2009 - You wouldn't know it, but there were probably 300 people there that day

Rigoletto Talk, May 2009 – You wouldn’t know it, but there were probably 300 people there that day

Where to begin? My name is Bob Kingston. I’m a librarian, free-lance musicologist, pre-concert lecturer, and self-professed opera fanatic living in Portland, Oregon.

My operatic tastes are pretty eclectic, though I’m not a huge fan of French grand opera (who is?) and Gluck’s appeal totally escapes me. Radical or updated stagings don’t bother me in the least, as long as they succeed in bringing out aspects of the drama that I hadn’t noticed before. I’d rather watch something that generates a strong reaction–negative or positive–than sit through yet another thunderously dull production of Carmen or Rigoletto.

I love collecting historic vocal recordings, and I often use examples of these in my classes and presentations. So don’t be surprised if I post a clip of some obscure Russian tenor or Italian baritone from time to time.

8 responses to “About

  1. Come watch my Carmen adaptation 😉

    Pierce Studio Theater Athens, Greece
    May 15, 2009

  2. cultureonthecheap

    “I’m not a huge fan of French grand opera (who is?)”

    I am. As my right shoulder demonstrates.

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  4. Another vote for French Grand Opera here, particularly after the passionate, fully staged, virtually complete Les Huguenots at Bard Summer Festival this year.

  5. Nice site, Bob — and thanks for the Twitter follow. Just a couple of suggestions for possible inclusion in your opera links:

    1. TheOperaCritic.com
    2. MusicalCriticism.com
    3. blog.cnycafemomus.com

    Please note that suggestion no. 3 is blatant self-promotion… 🙂


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  7. Dear Mr Kingston,

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    – a new classical program every day with piano music every hour
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    The idea behind Radio Cafe Zimmermann is to make classical music easily accessible around the clock
    and to bring joy to everyday life with classical music.

    We would be very happy if you got to know Radio Cafe Zimmermann.

    With best regards

    Radio Cafe Zimmermann –
    The pure pleasure of classical music

    Gergana Lüth
    Founder | Managing Director | Music program



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