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Think pink

pinkAlthough I had seen LoftOpera’s two special summer presentations last year, I hadn’t attended a full-scale opera by the group until Thursday night’s premiere of Le Comte Ory. Returning to Bushwick’s The Muse, an enormous space that usually functions as a circus school, Loft offered an unusually satisfying, immensely entertaining production of Rossini’s scintillating portrait of an inveterate seducer—and with all tickets just $30, it’s an irresistible bargain!  Read more »

Tears of blood

ToscaMaybe the third time really is the charm? After two previous productions of Tosca in New York City this season (the Met’s revival of the controversial Luc Bondy version and NYCO Renaissance’s depressingly retrograde take), New Yorkers finally got a pleasing, if rough-edged, performance of the Puccini classic from LoftOpera.  Read more »

On boroughed time

“By the end of next year… the axis of opera in New York may just possibly have shifted from Lincoln Center to a loft in Gowanus.” [Observer]

To harness song to human tragedy

LoftOpera gives performances of exceptional musical and theatrical polish in offbeat corners of Brooklyn.

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Man of steel

“This throwback to the golden age of opera—superhuman singing greeted with frenzied ovations—was a function of a perfect storm of excitement.”

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Bushwick leagues

LoftOpera is just one, though perhaps the liveliest, of many homegrown opera troupes in Brooklyn.

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Summer nights

“Those kids in Bushwick have this opera thing figured out.”

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Summer of love

In just two years, Brooklyn’s LoftOpera has rapidly established itself as a bracing, essential addition to New York City’s musical life.

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Sometimes just pretzels and beer

Our Own JJ crunches the numbers at the Met and LoftOpera in the New York Observer.

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Pretty poison

It could get loud. It often does, especially when the soprano is mere inches from your ears, pleading with the duke for the life of the poor boy (parentage unknown) who insulted her notorious dynasty.

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