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Maybe It’s Time to Retire Don Giovanni

I flipped on the radio last week just in time to hear a performance of the “Catalog Aria” from Don Giovanni. You know it – it’s a very popular aria, beloved of young baritones, in which Leporello counts up all the women who his boss, the Don, has seduced during his...

The Price of Specificity

For the last few months I’ve been reading Schubert’s Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession, an absolutely terrific book that Ian Bostridge has written about Schubert’s Winterreise song cycle.  Bostridge, as you know, is a British tenor who has delivered...