Cher Public

  • Krunoslav: Anatol needs brilliant high notes and irresistible charisma. 1:36 AM
  • parpignol: name not Slavic enough for Anatol? 12:33 AM
  • DeepSouthSenior: I forgot a simple “Thanks, guys!” Comments at Parterre are worth at least as much as professional reviews,... 11:53 PM
  • DeepSouthSenior: Well, I’m wincing with paid from all the arm-twisting, so both it is! We have a fine big screen plasma TV with... 11:16 PM
  • Donna Anna: Yeah, you can watch it at home but for us, this was an OMG best experienced in the theater. The Saturday audience was pretty... 11:01 PM
  • CwbyLA: Go see it in the movie theater. It is a stunning performance. You should not wait that long for it to appear on bluray. The... 9:25 PM
  • Krunoslav: “Mastilovic, Behrens, Zschau” ……R 30;…. As Irving Kolodin wrote in one of his better phrases,... 9:24 PM
  • Krunoslav: Zach Borichevsky as Anatol???????????? ??? 8:50 PM

O Caftan! My Caftan!

Unconcealed by the voluminous folds of this Jessyesqe muumuu is queen-sized talent Jeffery Roberson (also known as Varla Jean Merman), who will make his New York opera debut later this week, in, modestly enough, The Medium, everyone’s favorite supernatural Menotti Broadway slasher opera. Details for this event— which might have been genetically engineered to appeal to the mind of the average parterrian—follow the jump.   Read more »

Silvery Moon

German soprano Evelyn Herlitzius in "Tristan und Isolde" in Seville, 2009

The Berlin Philharmonic brought a spooky Halloween treat to New York on Thursday night, just a few days late. They are at Carnegie Hall for a three-night residency, offering the complete Brahms symphonies along with selected earlier works by that ugly duckling of Brahms disciples, Arnold Schoenberg. They are also far from home during Berlin’s anniversary celebrations of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, having taken a prominent role in the celebration twenty years ago. And it was an American – one Leonard Bernstein – who conducted Beethoven’s Ninth at the Wall, famously supplanting the word Freiheit for the word Freude in its finale. For most of last night, it would seem these remembrances were far from their minds.  Read more »