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The good, the bad and the Haydn

Susan GrahamThe transgressive filmmaker John Waters writes in his book Shock Value: “there is such a thing as good bad taste and bad bad taste.” Personally, I fancy myself a connoisseur of good bad taste; and, in a striking program at Carnegie Hall last night, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL), with guest vocalist Susan Graham, brought together a wide array of musical proclivities—good and good bad taste alike.  Read more »

From Steamboat Springs to La Paz

Le Renee Hot“Finally, Ms. Fleming reveals a completely different side of her artistry: her life-long passion for jazz in the sophisticated songs of American composer-vocalist Patricia Barber.” Read more »

Aged in blood

Simply put, Christine Goerke is a stupendous Elektra.   Read more »

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Elektral college

La Cieca thought the cher public might like to share some of their favorite Elektra videos and anecdotes.

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Mona Lisa

Lips together, teeth apart

Mr. Peabody, that Leonardo among canines, claimed she was suffering from toothache.

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Noseda

Bows and arias

Whenever opera-lovers are canvassed about what neglected operas they hunger to see revived, the resulting lists inevitably feature a goodly number of grand operas, those once wildly popular monstrosities–particularly by Meyerbeer–written primarily for Paris in the mid-19th century.

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DiDonato

In witch we serve

Sunday afternoon’s intermittently involving concert performance of Handel’s Alcina at Carnegie Hall starred an unusually intense Joyce DiDonato as a powerful sorceress blinded by her romantic delusions.

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goerne

Whispers and cries

We were not at Carnegie Hall to hear superb opera singers bestow their vocalism upon Alban Berg’s Wozzeck; we are there to hear the Wiener Staatsoper’s house band work their magic upon an intricate, spooky, devastating score.

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roschmann

Theodora goes wild

Joined by the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, The English Concert concluded the US leg of its current tour at Carnegie Hall Sunday with a complete performance of the darkly moving Theodora, Handel’s penultimate oratorio.

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bonfire

Light my foyer

Each year, Leon Botstein leads the American Symphony Orchestra in a concert opera or two.

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