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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.

him who despises us we’ll destroy

I can’t help wondering what audiences thought of this scene from Peter Grimes when the opera received its premiere performance at Sadler’s Wells sixty-six years ago today.



Just found out the blog at Portland Opera. I have conducted there on many occasions and it always was my favorite place to work. Have many wonderful friends in Portland. Hello to Jim Fullan, Bob Kingston, Frances Britt, Laura Hassel, Jennifer Hammontree, and Tom Webb. I will visit the blog often.
Jim Coleman