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Robert Kingston

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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.
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peter lieberson (1946-2011)

More sad news this morning. American composer Peter Lieberson died in Israel while undergoing treatment for lymphoma. He was 64. Lieberson is perhaps best known for the 2005 cycle of five songs on Neruda poems dedicated to and premiered by his wife, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, who passed away in 2006 after a long battle with breast cancer. Her recording of the set with the Boston Symphony won a Grammy in 2008 for Best Classical Vocal Performance.