Clash of symbols

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 »

To weep and remember

fallujahIn 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 »

There’s an old girl in town

lavin“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 »

Same old, same old

“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.”

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Rolling on the river

Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas at NYCO charts the emotional trajectory of seven characters aboard a ship called the El Dorado.

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Heaven is a place on Earth

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.

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There was a Hopper and his wife

New York City Opera will complete its season with “three major premieres.”

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What is this sister of yours, a deep-sea diver?

“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.”

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Good will hunting

The New York City Opera saga apparently wasn’t quite dramatic enough, so now there’s a new plot twist thrown into the mix.

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Hotter than hot! Newer than new!

Thanks to La Cieca’s extensive network of spies, she is able to present for your perusal, cher public, the proposal for the revival of the New York City Opera presented by the higher bidder for the company.

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