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There ought to be clowns

New York Philharmonic's Biennial 2016: The Importance of Being Earnest by Gerald Barry, conducted by Ilan Volkov and directed by Ramin Gray with members of the New York Philharmonic at Rose Theatre, 6/1/16.Have you ever had the unfortunate experience of listening to someone tell a joke badly?  Read more »

Everything is illuminated

Few new operas have received the near-unanimous acclaim that has greeted Written on Skin since its first performance at the 2012 Aix-en-Provence Festival. The subject line of the email I received from Lincoln Center promoting its US stage premiere went so far as to proclaim it “the opera you’ve been waiting for!” The excitedly expectant audience that filled the former New York State Theater Tuesday evening hailed it with a loud and prolonged ovation, but the intensely complex 90-minute work proved easier to admire than to love.   Read more »

Guilt trip

“Part of what makes opera seem, at least, a camp art form is that fans of the genre have such inconsistent taste…. What a lot of opera queens flock to is a corner of the repertoire that can be best labeled ‘guilty pleasures,’ pieces we all know are of dubious artistic quality—but what fun to listen!” [New York Observer]

But the Levy was dry

The redevelopment that took place at Lincoln Center during Reynold Levy’s tenure as president of Lincoln Center represents a considerable accomplishment.

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The Night They Raided Rimsky’s

Opera-lovers who attend too much modern opera may find that it feels like duty.

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Platée du jour

What must have raced through the mind of the none-too-comely Spanish Infanta when she learned that the opera to be performed during the celebrations for her 1745 wedding to the French Dauphin revolved around the comeuppance of an ugly yet vain water nymph tricked into believing Jupiter was her ardent suitor?

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Get happy

Lincoln Center hosted two milestones this week.

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Lockdown

UPDATE: Philip Glass emerged from the Met tonight to read to the General Assembly (via mic check) the final lines from Satyagraha: “When righteousness/ Withers away/ And evil / Rules the Land /We come into being /Age after age/ And take visible shape /And move / A man among men/ For the protection/ Of good /Thrusting back evil /And setting virtue/ On her seat again.” Video of this speech (via The Rest is Noise) after the jump.

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“Spartans, tonight we dine at Picholine!”

“Greek night at opera canceled due to conflict” [Indiana Daily Student]

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