Looking out into this theater
Is like being a jewel in a grand velvet box for only the greatest pieces. What a little gioello. This, La Scala, Rome, Rio,,Met of course, and the wonderful old Petruzzelli in Bari before they burn…
From Domingo to Dudamel: Clive Barda's best photos - in pictures
Clive Barda has been photographing musicians, singers and stage performers for 43 years. To honour his extraordinary career, the Royal Opera House is showcasing some of his best photographs in a retrospective exhibition. Here, he picks some of his favourite images of musicians and tells us about them.
Verdi, Maria Callas, Herbert Von Karajan – Il Trovatore (Japanese Pressing)
Rare Japanese pressing in condition like new. Maria Callas's voice was never noted for its sheer beauty, but she was in her best form for this session and she knew exactly what to do with what she had. She might not make the distraught figure of Leonora rationally credible, but she knows more about acting with her voice than anyone this side of Sir John Gielgud. And she puts Leonora's emotions, her vulnerability, her whole-hearted, self-sacrificial love, squarely before the listener. Herbert…
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