Monthly Archives: February 2018

Prevention of Contrast-Associated Acute Kidney Injury

Tweet The infusion of iodinated contrast materials as an aid to a variety of imaging studies is associated with the development of acute renal failure (now typically called acute kidney injury). This nephropathy almost always occurs in predisposed patients. Risk factors include pre-existing kidney disease, advanced age (>75), diabetic nephropathy, and congestive heart failure. The…


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Finale 17 – Semiramide Act 1

Tweet Last night was the first performance of the Met’s revival of Rossini’s final italian opera, Semiramide. I’ll have more to say about this opera and its current Met run after the telecast on March 10. The colossal finale of its first act is one of the glories of Italian opera. Here is this finale…


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Don Carlo – The King’s Apartment

Tweet I’m going to do a few posts devoted to great operatic scenes. The first is devoted to the that in the king’s apartment from Verdi’s Don Carlo. This is the first scene of Act 3 or 4 depending on which version of the opera is performed. Don Carlo, one of greatest masterpieces, exists in…


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L’Elisir d’Amore in HD

Tweet Donizetti’s approach to comic opera is the opposite of Rossini’s. Rossini takes no prisoners. Everybody in his buffa operas has a tenuous connection to sanity reflecting the composers view that the entire world is mad. Donizetti, on the other hand, is more forgiving and offers characters who have redeeming attributes. The difference between the…


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Pavel Lisitsian

Tweet Pavel Lisitsian (1911-2004) was a Russian baritone of Armenian heritage. He started work as a laborer. When his vocal talent was recognized he trained at the Leningrad Conservatory. His vocal career started in that city at the Maly Leningrad State Opera. From 1940 until his retirement from the opera stage in 1966 he was…


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Klaus Florian Vogt

Tweet Klaus Florian Vogt is a German 47 year old tenor who is about to take the title role in Wagner’s Parsifal during the Met’s upcoming run of the opera. The subject of a feature article in this month’s Opera News, Vogt started his musical life as a horn player in the Hamburg Philharmonic (1988-97)….


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Mad Max Meets Mozart – 2004

Tweet This is a review that I wrote in 2004. It’s been buried deep within this site. I decided to copy it to a more visible spot. Things can always get worse. Consider Don Giovanni at the English National Opera. I was at the October 4th performance. Calixto Bieito was the director. He is from…


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