Cher Public

  • Ilka Saro: The few little clips of the London production look far more interesting than the NYCO production of 84. Although it was a while... 4:55 PM
  • m. croche: Born on this day in 1941, German-Dutch composer Konrad Boehmer. httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=uDSe CeXGK48 httpv://www.you... 4:22 PM
  • Cicciabella: Poor, homeless boob! What a list of patrons, though. Maybe if Kim and Kanye and all those other A-listers started going to... 4:17 PM
  • m. croche: Indeed. Nadia Boulanger was a forceful exponent of what Cocteau called the style dépouillé. 3:53 PM
  • chicagoing: Correction to the above. The six performance run ended on Sunday, but this did bring to my attention a local opera company... 3:36 PM
  • Sanford: One of my favorite people, Nicholas Tamagna, a fine countertenor, sang Akhnaten recently in Australia. I wish it had been... 3:31 PM
  • chicagoing: I clicked on the Chicago Classical Review site just now and found an entry posted on Saturday entitled, Chicago Fringe Opera... 3:30 PM
  • guy pacifica: Another very stage-worthy Glass opera is Orphée, one of his “chamber operas” that can be easily mounted with... 3:17 PM

Winter afternoon’s dream

Netrebko in recitalStandard fare threatened to dominate the final weekend of February at the Met: a routinely-cast revival of Cav & Pag plus two recent productions by the house’s favorite Eyre-head. But then there were also two extraordinary opportunities to indulge in divadienst of the “An(n)a-in-excelsis” genus—Saturday offered another chance, announced only 24 hours earlier, to sample Ana Maria Martinez’s unexpected Butterfly, then Sunday afternoon brought Anna Netrebko’s exceptional, sold-out sui generis all-Russian recital.  Read more »

Married to the mobcap

I have an idea (soon to be angrily debunked in the comments section) that Le nozze di Figaro is rarely a source of unalloyed bliss to the chronic operagoer. Read more »

West side, east side

Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera“Broadly speaking, there are two types of New Yorkers: the ones who say ‘I’m going to the Met’ meaning ‘I’m going to see an opera’ and the ones to whom the phrase means ‘I’m finally going to see those Piero della Francescas everyone has been talking about.’  Recently, though, opera showed up at both Mets, the Metropolitan Opera and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.” [New York Observer]

new_puritans

Our retrospection will now be all to the future

La Cieca predicts you won’t be seeing any puritans at the Met next season, except of course for the ones who slouch around during intermission hissing, “You call that a trill?”

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