- Alex Ross excerpts letters from Britten to DFD about the War Requiem, the work itself, and DFD's own words about the premier. His "beloved wife" was Irmgard Poppen, who died tragically following the birth of their third son. (I am amused at "Peter Pears has agreed to sing the tenor part." I would expect nothing else.)
- Leo Carey at The New Yorker discusses DFD's art, with illuminating examples.
- Anthony Tommasini has a fine appreciation in the Times.
- A guide in clips from the Guardian.
- A tweet from SF Opera quotes Elisabeth Schwarzkopf saying DFD was a "god who had it all." Neither SFO nor the Met managed to hire him to sing in their houses.
- Meanwhile, at NPR, here's George Jellinek playing some of DFD's recordings and discussing the singer and his career.
Friday, May 18, 2012