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  • operaassport: Occupied Palestine? Oh lord, has it come to that level of nonsense? Abe Foxman can be a... 12:01 PM
  • kashania: But did they have the mezzo voice category in Bellini’s time? Wasn’t it just sopranos... 11:55 AM
  • Poison Ivy: Great review! Sounds like they put on a great performance despite the last minute cast changes. 11:51 AM
  • irontongue: As for Adalgisa being a mezzo, no she is not. The score calls for a soprano. Same deal with... 11:50 AM
  • arepo: I loved this. Thoroughly enjoyable and informative. 11:49 AM
  • irontongue: Barton had an engagement in London that she withdrew from. Here is the link to that concert,... 11:48 AM
  • Poison Ivy: I heard you the first time? 11:39 AM
  • kashania: I’d never heard of this film. I must look out for it on TCM. 11:25 AM
  • kashania: For me, Flute becomes tedious the moment they arrive at the temple. Though the music is divine,... 11:22 AM
  • Krunoslav: “the parallel drawn in the Director’s Note between Norma’s self-immolation and Burning Man... 11:12 AM

Great shakes

The little opera companies of New York are like chanterelles: Some years they sprout everywhere and you can savor the scent in the woodsy air; other seasons they’re hard to find and unsatisfying when you stumble on a patch. New York’s got lots of untapped vocal talent but you never know which companies will have their ears screwed on straight.   Read more »

One charming afternoon

In recent years the enterprising Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble has brightened the usually arid weeks of August in New York City with some worthy operatic showcases for young singers. This year’s “A Summer of Shakespeare” opened this past weekend with an ambitious and satisfying production of The Fairy Queen, Henry Purcell’s glorious if challenging gloss on A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the East 13th Street Theatre right behind Union Square.   Read more »

All the world loves a crown

Seventeenth century opera remains the true connoisseur’s delight partly because it’s so rarely done. However, the Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble is doing its best to brighten the doldrums of August with a wonderfully involving production of Monteverdi’s final opera L’Incoronazione di Poppea which began a six-performance run Thursday evening at Classic Stage Company’s theater, just off of Manhattan’s Union Square.   Read more »