WordPress sent me an end-of-the-year summary of activity on this blog, and it entertained me enough that I figured I’d share. Some of the data is fairly predictable. By the numbers, most readers of this blog are in the United States. Less predictably, the tie for second is between Canada – and Germany! I have a theory or two as to why that might be so, but that is not in the data, so never mind.
The most popular posts here are, in descending order,
My review of the DVD of the Styriarte Festival production of The Bartered Bride
A post about the Salzburg 2004 production of Der Rosenkavalier
One about some staging in a production of Verdi’s Don Carlos
and one about various recordings of Handel’s Rodelinda.
Reviews of Stemme, Kasarova and Hartelius in Der Rosenkavalier on DVD, and Röschmann, Kozená etc. in Der Rosenkavalier on stage, were not far behind.
Apparently this is essentially a blog about Der Rosenkavalier. Who knew?
But the posts that get the most views are not always the ones I like best. The five that I enjoyed writing the most – in no particular order – were the above one about The Bartered Bride, the discussion of the Kusej production of La Clemenza di Tito, all things potato-related, the “Dear Despina” advice column and the review of Joyce DiDonato’s Drama Queens recital which, to jump categories a bit, was in terms of live music probably the best thing I experienced all year.
Finally, a blog is not a blog without readers and commenters, and this blog has awesome readers and commenters. This year we had some great discussions about potatoes, the definition and value of Regietheater (the discussion begins in the comments of the post about Cosi), whether opera should be translated, the nature of history, and abdominal parasites. Let no one suppose that the interests of opera fans are narrow!