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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.


Greetings from seat 20D on board Delta Flight 88 en route to New York City. I’m heading back to the Big Apple to watch (and even kind of take part in) a really cool and amazing performance of Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the Gershwin Hotel tomorrow night and Sunday afternoon organized by my Twitter friend, Jennifer Peterson. I’ll have lots more to say about this in the next few days, but for now, take a look at what Jennifer has posted on her website. The food and beverage service has just started, so I’m going to sign off for now….