Cher Public

  • Chanterelle: Oops, you’re right. I saw them both this spring and wouldn’t you know, they blurred right together–tho ugh... 5:42 PM
  • Camille: Oh thanks a lot for the assurance, Chanterelle, I appreciate it. Imagine that a small, warm and resonant hall will expand all... 5:05 PM
  • Buster: The Amsterdam ones are in concert, with the RCO. Plenty of tickets left. I have one just in case the Elsa cancels, and Haveman... 4:50 PM
  • Chanterelle: Don’t think you’ll have hearing problems anywhere. It’s a relatively small hall, with lots of wood, and a... 4:40 PM
  • kashania: In light of the recent passing of director, Nikolaus Lehnhoff, this thread would be the perfect place to embed a YouTube video... 4:28 PM
  • Chanterelle: Ah, the Mahler 8. I’m betting Nelsons hired him on the strength of Lohengrin, which they’ve done together at... 4:22 PM
  • Camille: Regarding NEC Jordan Hall — can anyone advise me as to the seating — that is to say-if you buy a less expensive seat... 4:22 PM
  • Camille: Yes, well, I certainly agree in principle but since I have heard him live, no only in-house but in a SHED (Tanglewood) and still... 3:57 PM

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 »

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 »

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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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