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The Metropolitan Opera database is one of my very favorite sites on the Web -- not only as an invaluable resource that lets you know who sang what opera when, but as a fount of contemporary photos and reviews. It's also continually updated. Over on Opera-L (another of my favorite sites on the Web), the Met's archivist posted about a new addition to the record of a 1913 performance of "Tales of Hoffmann": two contrasting journalistic accounts demonstrating that, when writing about divas, it can be hard to get the story right. I can't post the direct link, but if you type either "Fremstad" or "Hoffmann" into the keyword search and look for the performance of March 12, 1913, you'll find it.

Fremstad is, of course, the soprano who was the model for Willa Cather's The Song of the Lark.

By Anne Midgette  |  January 15, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  music history , music on the Web , opera  
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