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Slavas of New York

Photo: Cory Weaver/Metropolitan Opera“Even when the opera performed is a masterpiece, a truly superb opera performance is exceedingly rare…. So it’s all the more remarkable that Alexander Borodin’s Prince Igor, an uneven, fragmentary work, should yield a performance that ranks with the highest peaks of Peter Gelb’s incumbency at the Met and for that matter would be the jewel of any opera company in any golden age. Opera audiences are resigned to slogging through dreck; this Igor makes the slog worthwhile.” [New York Observer]

89 comments

  • Camille says:

    Hey, leave Bernie alone, youse guys!
    He is an illustrious old fart now and entitled to his grouchiness. How many bad opera performances has he chalked up over the æons I have been reading him—fifty years, ah reckon. You talk unbearable—you should have read the crap and tripe he wrote anout Bubbles in the late sixties. Now THAT was appalling!

    • Regina delle fate says:

      lol Camille! Illustrious Old Farts Unite! :)

      • Camille says:

        I am having printed up the tee shirts, baseball caps and banners with that proud legend of “Illustrious Old Farts Unite”, as soon as I haul my ancient arse out of bed, RdF.

        And shall proudly wear my baseball cap to Carnegie Hall on the occasion of the greedily anticipated, by me, Wozzeck, even if it shall be conducted by Frankly Worst-than-Most, as per our gnädige Jungfie Marianne.

    • Jack Jikes says:

      Would that he would live out his life in an undersized tent smelling his own farts.

  • Signor Bruschino says:

    Excellent review (I love when the Jorden reviews aren’t limited to the short column space allotted in the post)… But it really was an evening that has stayed with me- I walked out liking it, but 5 days later, I’m going to set up tickets to see it again. We really need more Tchneriakov at the Met- Maybe Gelb will make a quick move with it being referred to as ranking among the ‘highest peaks Gelb’s incumbency’… Please goad Gelb as much as possible in print when it comes to getting such unique works of theatre

  • m. croche says:

    Polovtsi Jazzercise!

    “Reyhan” by Azeri master composer Fikret Amirov, lyrics by Telet Eyyubov, accompanied by the Soviet Azerbaijan Estrada (POP) Ansamble, sung by pop diva Flora Karimova in 1965, specially uploaded for the folks at Parterre.