Joan Sutherland , a large-boned, helmet-haired, high-singing Australian soprano with a perfect trill, died at age 83 in Switzerland, her refuge after decades of singing unhinged maidens, enraged priestesses, and happy-go- lucky waifs.
The Broadway revival of “La Bete” features the U.K.’s great clown Mark Rylance in a scenery- devouring, tour-de-force performance as a buffoonish actor foisted on David Hyde Pierce and his tony acting troupe.
Placido Domingo Decides Not to Extend Contract as Director of the Washington National Opera By Anne Midgette Sept. 27 (Washington Post) -- Famed tenor Plácido Domingo said Monday that he will not renew his contract as general director of the Washington National Opera. His contract expires in June 2011. His departure means that the company is left without a marquee leader, its most recognizable brand, at a time when nearly every detail of the WNO's future is open to question -- most importantly, whether it will remain autonomous or merge with the Kennedy Center. Domingo, 69, who has been associated with the opera for 14 years, announced his decision via conference call to the WNO board at a meeting Monday morning, speaking from Los Angeles, where he is also general director of the Los Angeles Opera. He is currently singing there in the starring role in the new opera "Il Postino" and conducting "Marriage of Figaro."