Cher Public

  • armerjacquino: Good day for tenors in general though- Araiza and Aler, two of the best Mozartians I’ve ever heard. 12:19 PM
  • Rudolf: Margherita Grandi … a most interesting YouTube clip. Thanks for posting. :) 11:34 AM
  • Batty Masetto: Ferris, I was actually dismayed at how poorly the titles reflected the Italian at a good many points when the real text is... 11:20 AM
  • gustave of montreal: Gianni Poggi, most mediocre tenor who was given us to hear. 10:53 AM
  • Sir Ferris: I’ll spare you my review–I would be concurring with most of what’s been said–but I too had a really... 10:53 AM
  • Cicciabella: Luisi withdrew from the Amsterdam Lulu because of a ” family catastrophe” , according to DNO. Specifics were not... 10:35 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Speaking of Tannhäuser, Romeo Castellucci will be doing it in München not Tcherniakov. Petrenko conducts with Vogt,... 9:56 AM
  • Signor Bruschino: Will be interesting to hear reports from tomorrow’s dress rehearsal of Tannhauser in regards to Levine’s... 9:41 AM

Fine dell’opera

It’s official. “Gotham Chamber Opera is ceasing operations and will be closing. The Board of Directors of Gotham Chamber Opera voted today to shut down the organization,” reads a press release from the organization.   Read more »

It’s complicated

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is a problematic opera—or, rather, it is an  opera that has, in the last century or so, become problematic. Its composer,  Richard Wagner, was a profound artist who insisted in treating on profound  themes: Life, Death, Love, Redemption and so forth. In this opera, though, his  focus shifted to different universalities: Art and (here comes the troubling  part) what you might call ‘German-ness’.” [New York Observer] (Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

Puss perfect

Xavier Montsalvatge is best known in these parts for the songs of his “Antilles” period in the 1940s, the exquisite “Cinco Canciones Negras” and so on, making use of rhythms and melodies with a Caribbean flavor. In a ninety-year life, nearly all of it passed quietly in his turbulent native Catalonia, honored by every changing governments, he wrote in a dozen forms and as many styles, ignoring the trends, remaining true to himself.   Read more »


Martinu, very dry

Gotham Chamber Opera, which began to operate twelve years ago with a double bill of Bohuslav Martinu’s quirky little pieces, opened its 2014-15 season with two more, Alexandre bis (Alexander, twice) and Comedy on the Bridge.

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Daily double

Here’s a quick last-minute quiz for you Martinu fans out there: answer the question after the jump and win two tickets to Gotham Chamber Opera’s double bill program of Alexandre bis and Comedy on the Bridge this week.

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PHOTO CREDIT – Richard Termine

Raven review

The NY Phil Biennial, a new music festival that is dedicated to new music, kicked off its first season at a drowsy time on the performing arts calendar, the week after Memorial Day.

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Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

West side, east side

Recently, opera showed up at both Mets, the Metropolitan Opera and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Orpheus goes downtown

Marc-Antoine Charpentier came along at the wrong time for a composer of French opera.

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Desk set

“Two Boys demonstrates that Mr. Muhly is capable of very great things indeed, offering extended glimpses of the kind of masterpiece he just missed writing here, and, more happily, of the kind of masterpiece I feel confident he will write in the future.”

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Breaking Baden

Baden-Baden 1927 is the title Gotham Chamber Opera has given to its evening of four brief operas that premiered together at a festival in, yes, Baden-Baden on July 17, 1927.

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