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.
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…