2014: A Year to Remember

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear
For auld lang syne
We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne.


It’s New Year’s Eve—time to bid farewell to 2014 and welcome 2015. Take a cup o’ kindness, ring out the bells, and kiss your sweetheart! And… join me for a Mask of the Flower Prince retrospective. Continue reading


A Reply to Karen Cohn

Opera lovers—and really, everyone from the world of classical music—remember all too well the near-collapse of the San Diego Opera from earlier this year. But although this meltdown made many headlines and sparked many conversations, I never wrote about it here on my blog. This wasn’t for lack of interest… the truth was I wasn’t needed. San Diego took care of that problem itself. Continue reading

Merry Christmas from Mask of the Flower Prince!

Hodie Christus natus est:
Hodie Salvator apparuit:
Hodie in terra canunt Angeli,
laetantur Archangeli
Hodie exsultant justi, dicentes:
Gloria in excelsis Deo.


To all my readers celebrating the holiday, I’d like to wish you a very merry Christmas! I hope the day is filled with joy, memories, and wonder. Continue reading

Musical Marvels from the New World

December is one long, crazy month of music-making. There is a rendition of Messiah or Nutcracker for every taste, and every single soloist and music group known to humankind puts on some sort of holiday extravaganza.

How to decide among the embarrassment of riches? Continue reading