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Archive for April 4, 2014

Joyce DiDonato, Susanna Phillips at Intermission

Joyce DiDonato

This week’s Metropolitan Opera Broadcast brings on Joyce DiDonata as, what else? —A radio host.

Just last month, DiDonato was on-stage at Chicago’s Civic Opera House singing a trouser role, giving her “considerable all,” as John von Rhein put it. The coloratura (a singer who is good at negotiating a lot of notes

Passion According to John, Bach

"The Crucifixion," 1627 by Francisco de Zurbarán, Art Institute of Chicago

When he prepared his father’s obituary, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach counted the composition of 5 passions—the musical telling of the suffering and death of Jesus. Three are lost. What remains is treasured: the St. Matthew Passion and the St. John Passion.

With each storyteller, Matthew or John, the tone, the details and the emphasis diverge