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Give my regards to Carthage

DIdo O'HaraWhen MasterVoices announced that it would be doing a semi-staging of Dido and Aeneas starring Broadway divas and frequent collaborators Kelli O’Hara and Victoria Clark, it seemed a screwy idea at best. However, Thursday’s premiere at City Center turned out to be an occasionally bumpy, surprisingly touching presentation of Purcell’s masterpiece made special by O’Hara’s beautifully restrained and glowingly sung queen of Carthage.  Read more »

Number one with a bullet

Jonas KaufmannSuperstar tenor Jonas Kaufmann has been AWOL from the US since September 2014, and it looks like it may be at least another season before he returns. So to fill the JK-void “Trove Thursday” presents his only performance (thus far) of Max in Weber’s Der Freischütz from the 2004 Edinburgh Festival, conducted by Charles MackerrasRead more »

Cold Turkey

Mozart 1The no-star, slapstick revival of John Dexter’s 37-year-old production of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail that opened Friday night proved James Levine’s tenure as Music Director of the Met will end in two weeks with neither a whimper nor a bang. Other than Albina Shagimuratova’s dramatically dour but vocally gleaming Konstanze, no compelling reason for these performances presented itself besides its maestro’s desire to conduct a favorite work.  Read more »


Isn’t it romantic?

“Trove Thursday” salutes the Czech soprano Gabriela Benacková with a rare broadcast of Robert Schumann’s only opera Genoveva in which she sings the title role.

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Venice to society

I was, to my astonishment, quite bored.

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Bleak house

The haunted Mycenae of Patrice Chéreau’s enthralling production of Richard Strauss’s Elektra had seized its viewers in an unrelenting vise that never relaxed even at its quietly shattering conclusion.

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Day for knight

“Trove Thursday” continues its mini Shakespeare festival with a delightful performance by the New York City Opera of Die Lüstigen Weiber von Windsor.

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Un soffio etesio

Kathleen Battle is back in the headlines returning to the Met this fall after more than 20 years, and “Trove Thursday” celebrates with a gala Falstaff.

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Doge days

That Placido Domingo and James Levine, the Met’s inexorable septuagenarians, would team up yet again—on April Fools’ Day, no less—for a revival of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra occasioned an uncomfortable degree of doubt and dread.

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Key, largo

In January the New York Philharmonic announced the appointment of Jaap van Zweden as its next music director commencing the 2018-19 season.

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