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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.

the next chapter

Hi ,everybody! I’ve decided it’s time to start blogging again. What distinguished this reboot from all previous reboots is that instead of concentrating mainly on opera-related topics, I want to branch out and discuss movies, video games, books, hiking, travel, popular culture – in other words, the things that also interest me in addition to opera. I guess I really see this forum now as a way of keeping in touch and letting you know what’s on my mind. I have no idea if this new approach will work, but I’m still going to give it a shot. I hope those of you coming here for the first time find something you like, and that the loyal readers who’ve been with me since I launched dramma per musica back in 2008 will stick around for a while. Either way, here’s to the next chapter.