Hello, Bart!

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” (Rita Mae Brown, best known under her nom de plume “Albert Einstein“)

Like breathing out and breathing in

“Critiques of My Fair Lady have focused not only on the show’s final exchange, but on the Pygmalion narrative itself: a man transforming a woman to meet his standards. Not to mention Henry’s bullying tone with Eliza, and her return to him at the end of the show.” Has anyone who assigned, wrote, edited or published this piece ever seen My Fair Lady? Have any of them even read Pygmalion?

Drunk history

Publish or perish? Why not both?

Last night was my fourth or fifth wade into the slough of Bartlett Sher’s production of Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Met since its premiere in 2009. While the show remains random and confusing, the evening had many memorable compensations, among them Johannes Debus’s stylish conducting, a no-holds-barred hero in Vittorio Grigolo and outstanding portrayals of two of the four women in his chaotic life by Erin Morley and Anita HartigRead more »

The chopping block?

After five flops in a row, Mr. McVicar continues to win new assignments from the Met.

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Sher on this shining night

Bartlett Sher’s “new to Chicago” production of Romeo et Juliette came to the Lyric Opera at Monday’s opening after appearances at Salzburg and Milan.

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A whiter shade of pale

While the celebrity-studded, expensively-dressed audience gathered for the gala opening of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2015-2016 season seemed genuinely enthralled by Monday evening’s performance of Otello, it was more likely swept away by the power of Verdi’s genius than by Bartlett Sher’s puzzling, inert new production.

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A wasted time

Vittorio Grigolo in the title role of the Met’s revival of Les Contes d’Hoffman is the opera version of the charming homeless drunk.

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Fight club

“I literally wanted to punch Sher in the face.”

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Putting the concept before the horse

No, that’s not how it’s supposed to work, Heidi Waleson.

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Market Sher

La Cieca hears that Bartlett Sher has already signed a new three-opera deal with the Met. The director, who completes his first trifecta with next season’s Le Comte Ory, will reportedly return to the company in 2013-2014 for two productions, one of which will be that new Nico Muhly work, Two and a Half Men or whatever it’s called. 

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