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Robert Kingston


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.

the child and the dwarf

Video trailer of a very interesting double-bill from the Bavarian State Opera, Munich – Maurice Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges (which Portland Opera will be performing with the composer’s other one-acter, L’heure espagnole, next month) and Alexander Zemlinksy’s Der Zwerg (The Dwarf), written in 1922 and premiered in Cologne under the baton of Otto Klemperer.