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.
I hope to get back to a somewhat more regular blogging schedule once the term is over at the end of this week. Until then, please enjoy these selections from my epic 2010 holiday music playlist.
Snowfall Cha-Cha (Billy May)
A Marshmallow World (Hugo Winterhalter)
Angels We Have Heard On High (James McCracken)
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (Ed Sullivan Orchestra)
Ring Those Christmas Bells (Kennedy Space Center Chorus)