Cher Public

Joel Rozen

Joel Rozen is a culture critic, anthropologist, and audiophile living in New York. His doctoral thesis at Princeton—still underway—is based on some field research he did in North Africa a few years ago; since then he’s enjoyed teaching in the city and writing about music. His love of opera can probably be traced back to high school, when he used to poach from his girlfriend’s dad’s CD collection. The orientation has changed and so has the digital format. What hasn’t is the Domingo/Studer Otello, which remains awesome, and unreturned.



Cave dwellers

Elf Rose’s turn: mezzo Samantha Hankey

Composer/librettist David Hertzberg’s The Rose Elf, which gave its world premiere in the Green-Wood Cemetery Catacombs last weekend for a regrettably limited three-performance run, is indeed a marvel of elfin proportions.  Read more »

If it ain’t ‘Brokeback’

Between staging, music, and material, it’s hard to decide what feels most broken about New York City Opera’s American premiere of Brokeback Mountain, composer Charles Wuorinen’s ill-conceived operatic adaptation of the short story by Annie Proulx. As stands, the entire gambit seems practically beyond repair. Read more »

I will remember you

Jarrett Ott

Whether full-bodied and rich or comic and actorly, the baritone voice contains multitudes, and ranks among the more versatile fachs.  Read more »

BASTA: Only God can make a tree

“Hey. Sorry to trouble you. I was wondering if I could have a word with my client.”

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Too much, too soon

Heartbeat is, after all, a company that loves to tinker.

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BASTA: Ballet up to the bar

Doomed Lucia di Lammermoor was only halfway through her Mad Scene at the time of the incident. 

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BASTA: Altro sangue scorrerà!

For tonight’s distinguished premiere of Lucia di Lammermoor at the Algonquin Opera, there would in fact be far more blue hairs in the audience than blue collars.

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Songs of disappointment

b>Lawrence Brownlee, star tenor of stage and NFL games is a real “pillar of the community.”

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It takes a woman

Julia Bullock revisited a few well-trodden song cycles and lieder but pointed up their hidden politics.

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BASTA: Yet more buzz

Even dauntless Evan Ingersoll felt his nerves beginning to mount.

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