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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.

old friends

Thank you, Stephen Sondheim. I couldn’t have said it better if I tried. Hey, old friends, How do we stay old friends? Who is to say, old friends, How an old friendship survives? One day chums Having a laugh a minute, One day comes And they’re a part of your lives. New friends pour Through the revolving door — Maybe there’s one that’s more. If you find one, that’ll do. But us, old friends, What’s to discuss, old friends? Here’s to us! Who’s like us? Two old friends, Fewer won’t do, old friends — Gotta have two old friends Helping you balance along: One upbraids you For your faults and fancies, One persuades you That the other one’s wrong. Most friends fade Or they don’t make the grade. New ones are quickly made, Perfect as long as they’re new. But us, old friends, What’s to discuss, old friends? Here’s to us! Who’s like us? Damn few! Merrily We Roll Along (1981)