Cher Public

  • Sanford: No, but we can blame him for being drastically overweight which doesn’t help any of his other medical issues. 12:18 AM
  • antikitschychick: Well said. I can’t help but raise an eyebrow at all my friends’ statuses claiming he was “one of the... 12:17 AM
  • Batty Masetto: Scalia was a master at subverting legal reasoning to serve ideological bias. In that sense, yes, he certainly had his own... 12:10 AM
  • overstimmelated: “he would have needed to be a more disciplined, which is to say realistic, steward of his body earlier in his... 12:06 AM
  • Krunoslav: As one friend wrote: “He had been out shooting poor little quails the day before. Here’s hoping that St. Peter is... 11:25 PM
  • RudigerVT: Yes, that’s sort of stunning. Because Levine has given the Met nothing: he was (appropriately) highly compensated for... 9:26 PM
  • RudigerVT: Ultimately, conducting is a physical enterprise: you convey musical ideas through movement. I only saw Levine twice, and yes,... 9:12 PM
  • boxnine: Two key quotes stand out to me. Really, they speak for themselves. “I’m very mindful of how important it is that the right... 9:10 PM

Cherubino jumps the shark

Homer, inspired by many a muse, sang not of sequels to his Iliad, and his own, the Odyssey, is so different in focus that many readers, then and now, have suspected another author of being responsible. But many other poets wrote sequels to Homer, and their addenda filled many a volume, most of them (perhaps happily) lost. As long as copyright laws were in their infancy, the ailment of other authors trying to expand upon unforgettable inspirations was endless.   Read more »

Shave and a haircut


It’s fun to wonder what might have happened if Rossini had never composed Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Would Giovanni Paisiello’s earlier adaptation of the work be a repertory favorite? Or would it have faded into obscurity with an occasional revival here and there?  Read more »

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 »

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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.

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All the world loves a crown

Seventeenth century opera remains the true connoisseur’s delight partly because it’s so rarely done.

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