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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.

new year

First of all, a very belated Happy 2011 to all of my loyal (and extremely patient) readers! Thanks for sticking around, especially since content has been mighty thin lately. (By the way, I know you’re out there because I still get site stats. Hello, Michigan!) I’d like to say that I’ll be posting on a more regular basis this year, but we’ll have to see how things go. I will try to put something up at least twice a week, even if it’s just a video clip, some sound files, or a random piece of information that I find interesting. I’m looking at the possibility of vlogging or podcasting a significant portion of my contributions, mainly as a way of mixing things up a bit, so stay tuned. Speaking of podcasts, I’ve received confirmation from Portland Opera that my pre-performance talks will continue to be recorded for the remainder of the season. Next up is Turandot on February 6, followed by the double-bill of Ravel’s L’Heure Espagnole and L’Enfant et les Sortileges on April 3. I’ll be setting up an archive for those as well, so if you have a hankering to check them out after the fact, you’ll soon have a place to go. I’ll be a Portland Opera’s 2011-2012 season reveal tonight – more on that later!