Philip Glass is indisputably one of the most prolific composers of the last half century, yet none of his more than 20 operas has found a place in the standard repertoire. Arguably, Akhnaten comes closest. Read more »
What is an Orphic moment? A song so sweet that even Hades must release the dead back to the living? Is it a descent—the Greek Katabasis to the underworld—to commune with disembodied shades on the wall? Or is it the forbidden glance, the supreme, aesthetic joy of looking? Read more »
The celebration of 50 years of the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center includes “The Illuminated Heart,” a theatrical fantasy of Mozart operas and ensembles featuring Christine Goerke, Ana María Martínez, Matthew Polenzani and Peter Mattei; plus staged concerts of Così fan tutte and Idomeneo. Tickets and more information are at MostlyMozart.org. Read more »
St. Paul’s Chapel is the perfect site for Saul, Handel’s finest dramatic oratorio. Not only are the acoustics brilliant, but Paul’s name was actually Saul before that unfortunate DUI on the road to Damascus. Accordingly, the Trinity Baroque Orchestra and the choir of Trinity Wall Street presented the piece on Friday night as part of the annual Twelfth Night Festival, fully staged as is currently the fashion for concert oratorios, and will repeat the event on Sunday at three. Read more »
Christopher Alden‘s production of Handel’s Partenope is so erudite and theatrically audacious and also such a rollicking ride, it’s hard to believe it isn’t crap.
La Cieca predicts you won’t be seeing any puritans at the Met next season, except of course for the ones who slouch around during intermission hissing, “You call that a trill?”
“F. Paul Driscoll, editor of Opera News [not pictured], is optimistic.”