My name is Micaela Baranello and I'm a doctoral candidate in musicology at Princeton. My dissertation is on twentieth-century Viennese operetta, but when I can I go to the opera quite a bit and have always enjoyed writing reviews. While I hope my writing here is informative, and my perspective is unavoidably that of a historian, I consider my voice here primarily critical rather than musicological.
I particularly like writing about Baroque opera, Wagner, Strauss, and Regietheater. I've written this blog through a year of archival research in Vienna, a publishing internship in Munich (fun with critical editions), and a lot of time living in New Jersey. Most of my non-blog writing is scholarly, but I've also contributed to the New York Times Arts and Leisure section and occasionally write program notes. I also sometimes work as a stage manager, including the Princeton University Opera Theater's productions of Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria and Albert Herring. I got my start in journalism as an undergraduate at the fine establishment known as the Swarthmore College Daily Gazette, where I was on the editorial board for three years (including a stint as Arts Editor). You can see my scholarly work here.
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I have been asked about this blog's title, if you're wondering I'm just going to send you here.
I can be reached at likelyimpossibilities [at] gmail.com.