David Lang is, per The New Yorker, a “postminimalist enfant terrible,” best known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning little match girl passion. I am not familiar with his work, but the little match girl was extolled to me in the highest terms by a total stranger on the subway platform (Nevins Street) going home from the loser, and in New York there can be no more exalted gospel. Read more »
Among a trio of contemporary operas, Our Own JJ confesses he just doted on Heartbreak Express, but “You Us We All was not my cup of twee.” [New York Observer]
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is first among equals in a spectacular cast when she sings the title role of Ariodante in this season’s installment of Carnegie Hall’s critically acclaimed cycle of Handel’s operas in concert. A brilliantly melodic work, the opera features outstanding arias for each of the principal singers, including Ariodante’s melancholy “Scherza infida” and show-stopping “Doppo note.” Harry Bicket and The English Concert bring authentic Handelian brilliance to this marvelous opera. (Photo: Simon Pauly) Get tickets. Read more »
Donkey dick and other Asian fusion vaudeville acts arouse “The BAM Effect” at Handel’s Semele. [New York Observer]
Meredith Monk and her Vocal Ensemble (five singers besides Monk, plus three instrumentalists) are giving a program called On Behalf of Nature through Sunday at BAM’s Harvey Theater.
When Winston Churchill was First Sea Lord, the story goes, an indignant admiral accused him of violating British naval tradition, to which Churchill replied that the only traditions of the British Navy were rum, sodomy and the lash.
“The queen of tabloid TV arrived at BAM Tuesday night in Anna Nicole, an opera brimming with wit and good taste. In other words, they got Anna Nicole all wrong.”