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In Brief: April Showers Edition

LinksHere is your regular Sunday selection of links to good things in Blogville and Beyond.

  • It was April Fool's Day, but this was not a joke. Via Justin Davidson, there is a reason that conductor Antony Walker, music director of Washington Concert Opera and Pittsburgh Opera, works so well with singers. He is one himself and can even stand in for an indisposed Radames, singing from the podium while he also conducts Aida! As quoted in this article, "I often sing in orchestra rehearsals because it gives the orchestra an idea of the work. I have sung every note of 'Aida.' I do that with every opera I prepare. I find you can empathize with the singers better." Yes, indeed. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

  • A. C. Douglas has come up with another way to rank classical music blogs. Ionarts generally places well in these things, and we came out at No. 4 in this one, barely edging out ACD himself. Thanks to everyone who reads and links to us! [Sounds and Fury]

  • More blog ranking. Will it never end? [Classical Convert]

  • Steve Smith has a wonderstruck musical appreciation of ... wait for it ... Kiss. [Night after Night]

  • Terry Teachout got his start working for William F. Buckley, Jr. He has some nice comments on attending the great man's memorial Mass. [About Last Night]

  • The Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences is shutting down its concert series. Daniel Ginsberg has a great report on its history and founder. We are going to miss those concerts. [Washington Post]

Juan Diego Flórez as the Duke of Mantua ("La donna è mobile"),
Teatro Alejandro Granda (Lima, Peru), April 3, 2008
-- see also his "Questa o quella"

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