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Just duet

On Sunday afternoon, Lyric Opera of Chicago presented a highly anticipated joint recital featuring tenor Lawrence Brownlee, bass-baritone Eric Owens, and accompanist Craig Terry. It was two hours of excellent music-making, the first half consisting of operatic arias and excerpts followed by the second half of spirituals and popular songs.  Read more »

Sleeping with the fishes

With a cast of stellar singers and maladroit direction by Mary Zimmerman, Dvorák’s Rusalka debuts in a new production at the Metropolitan Opera. The libretto, by Jaroslav Kvapil (based upon the fairy tale Undine by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué) is probably most recognizable as an iteration of The Little Mermaid, a folktale made famous by Hans Christian Andersen in the 19th century, and the wonderful world of Disney in the 20th.   Read more »

The naked truth

akhnatenHighlights of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2019-2020 season will include the company premiere of Glass’s Akhnaten featuring Anthony Roth Costanzo and first local Turandot of Anna Netrebko (not pictured), according the always intriguing Met Future Wiki.  Read more »

Play well

Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson’s 1949 musicalization of Alan Paton’s Cry, the Beloved Country has found a tentative home on the opera stage.

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""Whose yacht is that?" "The Thane of Cawdor's I expect. It always is.""

“Confusion now hath made his masterpiece”

I have found myself truly bewildered by some of the online reviews of the Glimmerglass production of Verdi’s Macbeth.

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Diabolical variations

Whenever I encounter Eric Owens, he’s plotting to conquer the universe.

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Plank your lucky stars

The next scheduled appearance of the Met’s Ring production has been canceled, as irrevocably as these things can ever be.

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The winner takes it all

Here’s a chance for you to win two tickets to hear the winners of this year’s Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the intimate ambiance of WQXR’s Greene Space.

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F. and Furious

Has it been a year already? Apparently so.

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