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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.

chat with me

Busy times for me right now, but I haven’t disappeared. If you look over to the left side of the screen just under my most recent posts, you’ll notice that I’ve embedded a chat box. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about ways of expanding the means of communicating with readers, and this is one option that really intrigues me. (I use chat every day at work, so it’s not an entirely foreign concept.) I’d like to try it out and see if it’s worth keeping. You’ll know I’m available at that moment to chat when my status reads “Bob K. is online.” Even if I’m not around, you can still message me. So, come on and chat with me!