Cher Public

  • Clivia: Great review! I saw this production Friday night and agree that Vinke has endless stamina and is a good actor. He got laughs. He... 2:17 AM
  • LT: Can someone explain Beczala’s French pronunciation? Contempler becomes contempli, eclarte’ becomes eclarti. Sounds bad! 11:53 PM
  • antikitschychick: sorry last season’s new production of Figaro. 10:31 PM
  • antikitschychick: finished watching this year’s Tucker gala online. Kudos to aulus agerius for pointing out it was up on the Live... 10:30 PM
  • CwbyLA: I love her voice. So beautiful and distinctive! 9:50 PM
  • la vociaccia: I agree about the dodgy Cenerentola but that Gioconda duet was not without approximate pitches either. 9:38 PM
  • rapt: Thanks so much for the report, Manou. You’ve made my burden of responsibility much lighter to bear. (And of course I meant... 9:04 PM
  • manou: Gabouri is still loud and does have undeniable stage presence. She was pretty terrific all told. My husband thought she was one of... 8:40 PM

The secret of nymph

“Imagine, if you can, sitting in crisply-pressed linen, sipping a perfectly chilled strawberry mojito wafted to your sidewalk table by a ravishing server, as you listen to the murmur of leaves without even the echo of a car radio or a cranky child’s whine to mar the tranquility… and, while you’re at it, throw in a sumptuous sky display as the evening sun sets over the Hudson River. Now set the whole experience to music by Handel, and you’ve got an approximation of Mark Morris’ staging of Acis and Galatea at Lincoln Center. It’s everything good about summer condensed into two hours.” [New York Observer]

Get happy

Lincoln Center hosted two milestones this week: on Wednesday, The Juilliard School produced a gripping production of Handel’s Radamisto incorporating into an opera for the first time its much-heralded original-instrument orchestra Juilliard 415, while the following night saw choreographer Mark Morris’s radiant setting of Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato returning to celebrate its 25th anniversary as part of the White Light Festival.   Read more »

A boozy short leave

After 23 years, the Queen of Carthage has finally made it to Manhattan. On Wednesday night, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival hosted the Mark Morris Dance Group’s acclaimed 1989 production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Rose Theater, and Morris who created the double role of Dido and the Sorceress for himself and danced it exclusively for over a decade was there–this time as conductor–with Stephanie Blythe singing the two roles from the pit as she had done last fall in Berkeley.   Read more »