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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.

i’m still here

Commence blog reboot in 3…2…1… Hello again, dear readers! When I published my last post here at the beginning of June, I hadn’t counted on taking an extended summer hiatus, but for various reasons (including an ascent of Mt. St. Helens in late August), that’s precisely what happened. However, with the opera season starting up again shortly, I should have plenty more grist for the mill. So now that I’m tanned, rested, and ready, let the fun begin! Standing on the summit of Mt. St. Helens