Ottorino Respighi’s operas are not much heard hereabouts—or anywhere else. My favorite, his Byzantine Verismo melodrama, La Fiamma, can be found in a superb Collegiate Choral performance among Parterre’s Unnatural Acts of Opera. Read more »
In military jargon “collateral damage” describes incidental death, maiming, or damage inflicted on an unintended target during a legitimate military attack. But last evening’s scorching performance of Fallujah by the New York City Opera demonstrated that sometimes the impact is not limited by physical proximity. Read more »
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is first among equals in a spectacular cast when she sings the title role of Ariodante in this season’s installment of Carnegie Hall’s critically acclaimed cycle of Handel’s operas in concert. A brilliantly melodic work, the opera features outstanding arias for each of the principal singers, including Ariodante’s melancholy “Scherza infida” and show-stopping “Doppo note.” Harry Bicket and The English Concert bring authentic Handelian brilliance to this marvelous opera. (Photo: Simon Pauly) Get tickets. Read more »
“New York City Opera is thrilled to announce the cast for its January 2017 production of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide. . . . The production will also mark a notable New York City Opera debut with the role of the Old Lady played by Linda Lavin, the television, stage and cabaret star and Tony Award®-winning actress best known for playing the title role in the television series Alice” promises a press elease from NYCO. Read more »
“Just as every downtown shopping street in every major American city now features the same familiar retailers’ names, New York City Opera has no particular artistic identity different from, say, Opera Carolina.”
Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas at NYCO charts the emotional trajectory of seven characters aboard a ship called the El Dorado.
The Péter Eötvös adaptation of Angels in America—as well as Candide and such rarities as La campana sommersa and Los Elementos—are highlights of the New York City Opera’s 2016-2017 season.
New York City Opera will complete its season with “three major premieres.”
“The reorganized company’s first several seasons would present productions ‘already judged an artistic success and box-office favorite’ elsewhere, such as Bizet’s Carmen and Streetcar Named Desire.”
The New York City Opera saga apparently wasn’t quite dramatic enough, so now there’s a new plot twist thrown into the mix.