I’ve been meaning to post something about my trip to New York City and the fabulous time I had participating in “Così fan tutte: Some Assembly Required” at the Gershwin Hotel, a trip that culminated in an impromptu photo op with Renee Fleming:
But last week was kind of hectic, and then this happened on Friday evening:
A driver ran the red light at a downtown Portland intersection and plowed into the rear passenger side door of my Subaru. I’m fine – a bit battered and bruised and not moving very fast – but I’m obviously now having to deal with all of the junk associated with an auto accident.
I apologize for the disruption in service. I’ll be back soon…
Greetings from seat 20D on board Delta Flight 88 en route to New York City.
I’m heading back to the Big Apple to watch (and even kind of take part in) a really cool and amazing performance of Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the Gershwin Hotel tomorrow night and Sunday afternoon organized by my Twitter friend, Jennifer Peterson.
I’ll have lots more to say about this in the next few days, but for now, take a look at what Jennifer has posted on her website.
The food and beverage service has just started, so I’m going to sign off for now….
The talk on Twitter yesterday turned, as it often does, to Fritz Wunderlich, and the question of a complete Eugene Onegin recording came up. As far as I know, there’s only one: a live 1962 performance from Munich, with Hermann Prey in the title role, Ingeborg Bremert as Tatyana, Brigitte Fassbaender as Olga, and Joseph Keilberth conducting the Orchestra and Chorus of the Bavarian State Opera.
(You can listen to the recording below, or follow the links to download it from Rapidshare.)
Wunderlich also made a pair of German-language highlights discs around this same time, the first for EMI in 1961 (with Prey, Melitta Muzsely, and Gottlob Frick, and coupled with selections from Pique Dame), the second for Deutsche Grammophon four years later (with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Evelyn Lear, Brigitte Fassbaender, and Martti Talvela).
After one of my Twitter friends mentioned the Bulgarian tenor Spas Wenkoff on Friday, I rummaged through my iTunes playlists to see if I had any recordings of this relatively obscure singer. The only thing that turned up was a live 1976 Bayreuth performance of Tristan und Isolde under the baton of Carlos Kleiber, with Catarina Ligendza as Isolde, Yvonne Minton as Brangäne, Karl Ridderbusch as Marke, and Donald McIntyre as Kurwenal. Rounding out the cast are Heribert Steinbach (Melot), Heinz Feldhoff (the Steersman), and Heinz Zednik (the Shepherd).
I’m also providing links to Rapidshare for anyone interested in downloading all or part of the recording.