Voice Critic This Close To Grammy Victory!
You will not see him up onstage during the live Grammys telecast, comparing his grillz with Lil Wayne, but we're proud to report that Voice theater critic Michael Feingold is associated with a double-nominated disc. The Los Angeles Opera's recording of Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny has been shortlisted for both Best Classical Album and Best Opera Recording, and our man Feingold did the translation of the opera's text -- which does not entitle him to a share of the nomination, but does give him a piece of the glory. (Translation in opera involves taking words from one language and cleverly replacing them with words from another--then singing the results!) This one went from German to English, of course, the opera written by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht and first performed in 1930 in Leipzig.
Those who missed the L.A. Opera's 2007 production--or the Leipzig one--can catch up with Jenny Smith and Fatty der Prokurist on this EuroArts recording, which features Audra McDonald and Patti LuPone (among others) being conducted by James Conlon, presumably with a baton.
Grammy completists can check out the full list of nominees in all 110 categories at grammy.com. In the meantime, here's hoping that next February Feingold's Grammy trophy will be sharing shelf space with his Heisman.