Cher Public

  • Jack Jikes: I was young and dumb when I saw this – i didn’t like it. Boy, was I wrong. Wonderful – in a realm to its own. 5:57 PM
  • lyrebird: For the record, Joan Hammond got ‘Damed’ ;. And played a mean round of golf. 5:52 PM
  • gustave of montreal: Je déteste la musique de Glass, un point c’est tout. 5:51 PM
  • lyrebird: That one is W for Welsh. She sang a spectacular tile-cracking concert Turandot with Collins at the Sydney Opera House c.... 5:50 PM
  • williams: Ah! Revered Maiden Marianne! You are a girl after mine own heart. I wield a flask between visits to the Parterre level bar and... 5:46 PM
  • Ilka Saro: The few little clips of the London production look far more interesting than the NYCO production of 84. Although it was a while... 4:55 PM
  • m. croche: Born on this day in 1941, German-Dutch composer Konrad Boehmer. httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=uDSe CeXGK48 httpv://www.you... 4:22 PM
  • Cicciabella: Poor, homeless boob! What a list of patrons, though. Maybe if Kim and Kanye and all those other A-listers started going to... 4:17 PM

We were dead, you know

The setting: a dark plaza extending directly in front of a storied opera house. The time: just after a ho-hum revival of something Puccini. The crowd streams out, moderately satisfied but also far from bowled over. A group open to a proposition, you could say.   Read more »

Gettin’ Ligeti Wit It

macabreWhen invited to participate in a discourse on artistic standards (hello, internet!), it’s easy — pleasurable, even — for an aesthete to bray about “the fall.” Where are the true heldentenors? Your kingdom for a Callas! (Or a Stratas, or a Rysanek!) And might the public, at long last, deserve a stable of directors who possess the good sense to avoid both the trope-y familiar as well as the ill-advised pathways of, ugh, the modern? Read more »