Cher Public

  • La Valkyrietta: Well, Fred and Rita too, and Cyd, and Leslie, etc. :) 10:00 PM
  • La Valkyrietta: Ages ago I took a little friend to the Met to see Walküre (not abridged, and with no crocodiles, helicopters, motels,... 9:51 PM
  • SilvestriWoman: Astute as ever, Ivy! I’ve never heard her live but, judging from the clips posted here, I’d think she was at... 9:21 PM
  • DonCarloFanatic: A young friend just was telling me the same thing: Shorten operas, get rid of the dull stuff, and maybe some younger... 9:17 PM
  • nachEule: Noted, Lohengrin! Thanks. (Surely not in Tracht for Last Night, though?) 9:09 PM
  • CwbyLA: This was recently done with Magic Flute in Barrie Kosky’s production that played in Berlin and LA Opera. The tedious... 7:26 PM
  • aulus agerius: If ‘inapposite& #8217; refers to my post, you misread me, as does AJ. I don’t care a stuff about white wigs and... 7:07 PM
  • La Cieca: Particularly inapposite to get all pearl-clutchy about Manon Lescaut, an opera that sort of malingered on the fringes of the... 5:47 PM

Topper

“…to a certain degree, good critics are no longer necessary to find. The phrase ‘Everybody’s a critic’ has taken on a universal cast. The internet encourages people to share their opinions with the world. In the theatre, the buzz created by chatroom chatters has become increasingly important to a show’s reputation before it opens. There are thousands of critics tapping away their opinions to whoever will listen – so who needs a paid pontificator to tell you what your opinion should be?” Stephen Sondheim rebuts Michael Kaiser and ponders the utility of Sanskrit to the librettist in excerpts from his new book Look, I Made a Hat: Collected Lyrics (1981-2011) with Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Digressions, Anecdotes and Miscellany. (Photo: Getty Images)