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.
Apologies, again, for the hiatus. Much of the past week has been taken up with (a) car-related tasks;( b) things that got shuffled around on my calender because of (a) ; and (c) prepping my class on Carl Orff and Carmina Burana for the Portland Opera Studio Artists.
Update on my Subaru: It’s totaled. After seeing the first repair estimate last Thursday, I was about 95% certain that it would be, and I got the final verdict on Tuesday. While I’m not really looking forward to spending large chunks of time going from auto dealership to auto dealership, it kind of goes with the territory at this point.
Update on me: A few small bruises here and there, but otherwise pretty much back to normal.