From our most esteemed Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin, a 2012 performance of Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder conducted by Zubin Mehta. Read more »
On this day in 1936 Noel Coward’s Tonight at 8:30 premiered in New York City. Read more »
“And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith… I am nothing.” Angela Denoke—the German soprano famous for her portrayals of oddball characters like Emilia Marty, Kundry, and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk—is an instinctive performer who legitimately deserves the “singer-actress’ epithet. Thursday’s recital at Opera Bastille’s Amphitheatre—which centred around Brahms’ Vier ernste Gesänge (Four Serious Songs), the fourth of which contains the above quotation from Corinthians—demonstrated that Ms. Denoke is capable of maintaining dramatic presence and commitment beyond the opera stage and into the more intimate world of Lieder. Read more »
Teatro Grattacielo is New York’s homegrown organization to rescue Verismo operas from oblivion, one per annum, allowing for the occasional double bill.
Purchase of Manhattan was given its world premiere on Thursday evening at the Marble Collegiate Church on Fifth Avenue.
On this day in 534 BC, Thespis of Icaria became the first recorded actor to portray a character onstage.
Put on your Sunday clothes, cher public, in preparation for a nice long discussion of off-topic and general interest subjects.
The increasingly protean Jessye Norman intones the classic American anthem “Midnight Special.”
“The soup is hot; the soup is cold; Norman Lebrecht got it wrong again.”