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David Browning
David Browning is a writer, singer, and arts administrator living in the NYC suburbs. He is creator of the blog Taminophile and was until recently General Director of Opera Manhattan. He was recently profiled in the blog Operatoonity.

Entries by David Browning

A Non-Operatic Rant

(1) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 4:22 PM

I usually write about opera, but something has been bothering me that I have to get off my chest. I don't give a rat's ass about the "sanctity of marriage" argument. Frankly, calling out public figures who fail in the exercise of their own religious beliefs and marital commitments does...

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Profile: Christopher Fecteau and dell'Arte Opera Ensemble

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 10:34 AM

Christopher Fecteau is on a mission. By creating opera productions that ensure the intent of the music and libretto are clear, and by offering young singers training in music, theater, career building, and sometimes even life skills, he intends to keep opera relevant in today's world. He wants to keep...

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Renée Fleming Triumphs on Broadway

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 4:05 PM

Your intrepid reporter has traveled far and wide to see opera before, but this was his most challenging assignment yet: to venture into deepest, darkest Manhattan, find parking that didn't require a second mortgage and see the new Broadway play featuring dear Renée Fleming, Living on Love. For comps your...

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The Singapore Mikado in Brooklyn

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 1:59 PM

On Saturday night I was delighted to see Theater 2020's The Singapore Mikado, an adaptation of that great work of Messrs. Gilbert and Sullivan.

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An AIDS Quilt Songbook: Sing for Hope

(1) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 2:17 PM

I've been given quite a few CDs to evaluate and publicize in the past, and I've loved many of them, but none has moved me the way AN AIDS QUILT SONGBOOK: SING FOR HOPE has. I only regret that this post goes in after Dec. 1, so World AIDS Day has...

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An Interview With Francesca Zambello

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 12:42 PM

I had a chat with Francesca Zambello while visiting The Glimmerglass Festival last summer. I'm a big fan of Ms. Zambello's work. As Artistic and General Director of The Glimmerglass Festival, she has done work that has garnered great acclaim. She is also Artistic Director of Washington National Opera, and...

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'Lucrezia Borgia' at Caramoor

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 12:03 AM

As I have many times in past years, I ventured up to Katonah, New York for a beautiful evening of singing at Caramoor's Summer Music Festival. You will recall my...
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Dead Man Walking at Madison Opera

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 1:03 AM

I was fortunate to see opening night of Madison Opera's too-brief run of Dead Man Walking. The next morning I posted this to my blog:

Go. You must see this opera. I never begin a review like this, but I can not lie. If you love emotionally...
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Fliegende Holländer at Glimmerglass

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 3:18 PM

Women's chorus with Mary (Young Artist Deborah Nansteel)
Photo by Karli Cadel for Glimmerglass
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Les Vȇpres Siciliennes at Caramoor

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 5:37 PM

Five-act French "grand" operas are a puzzle. They were of a time and place, and very popular indeed in that time and place, namely early- to mid-19th century Paris. Staging them in our time and place in their original form hasn't always been easy. They were quite long, and required...

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Classy Kids

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 2:23 PM


On Saturday, I ventured out to Manhattan's 54 Below, site of several memorable performances in recent months, for the inaugural performance of Classical Concerts for Classy Kids. Your intrepid reporter is a staunch defender and advocate of music for...

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Chase Goddess Indeed!

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 1:58 PM

Your fearless reporter has once again traveled far and wide in order to bring you, his adoring public, news about opera goings-on outside of the Tri-State Area. The reason was Norma, Mr. Bellini's major work, which the Washington National Opera so bravely mounted at The Kennedy Center. I say...

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The Case for Obstructed-View Seats

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 1:32 PM

Last Saturday, November 24, I attended a matinee of La Clemenza di Tito, but, alas, from my seat I could see almost nothing of the stage. Although the singing was stellar -- in addition to the always glorious singing of Elina Garanča as Sesto, there was the equally beautiful singing...

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Joyce DiDonato and Her Amazing Dress

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 8:37 AM

The diva sings a little bit, too.

Your intrepid reporter had the delight of witnessing the Sunday, Nov. 18, Carnegie Hall concert of Joyce DiDonato, amazing mezzo-soprano, with the Amsterdam Baroque orchestra Il Complesso Barocco, under the quirky leadership of violinist Dmitri Sinkovsky. The concert featured music of Miss DiDonato's new...

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A 'Moderne' Take on a Ghost Story

(1) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 11:15 AM

Opera Moderne calls itself "[a] boutique opera company offering intimate, beautiful and unique performances." It was founded in 2011 by Rebecca Greenstein, one of the original founders of Opera Manhattan. (In the interest of full disclosure, this reporter must divulge that he has been very much involved with Opera Manhattan...

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Handsome Is As Handsome Does: The Met's Billy Budd

(3) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 9:22 AM

I was thrilled to learn the Met was to revive its beautiful 1978 production of Mr. Benjamin Britten's masterpiece Billy Budd, based on Mr. Melville's novella of the same name. Imagine my dismay upon learning the only available ticket I could afford was a partial view seat on the far...

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How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2012 | 11:51 AM

Your intrepid reporter was thrilled Saturday night to attend his third Verdi Requiem performance in a month. The work never grows old for me. This performing ensemble was the St. Cecilia Chorus under the direction of Mark Shapiro, whom we saw lead the Monmouth Civic Chorus in the same work...

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