Cher Public

There wouldn’t be chandeliers bright enough!

“I thought you did it for me, Mama.” “I thought you did it for me, Mama…” I thought you made a no-talent ox into a star because you like doing things the hard way, Mama. And you haven’t got any talent! Not what I call talent, Mister Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart! I made you! And you wanna know why? You wanna know what I did it for?! Because I was born too soon and started too late, that’s why! [On Site Opera]

Heart in darkness

cryptThe Crypt Sessions, in collaboration with On Site Opera, presented the world premiere of Gregg Kallor’s The Tell-Tale Heart Wednesday night in Hamilton Heights. The program, consisting of the short monodrama and two additional instrumental pieces (also by Kallor), moved nimbly from a sincere, emotional urgency, toward an effective climax of macabre hysteria.  Read more »

Home brew

FigaroFor some, opera in New York City equals the Met, but due to a recent contretemps many may now know there’s also LoftOpera. But an extraordinarily rich variety of other work happens locally, as one can see scanning through the roster of recent offerings grouped under the umbrella of New York Opera Fest.  Read more »

Al fresco

Poor Paisiello. Out of the nearly 100 operas written by this industrious composer just one was generally regarded as a masterpiece.

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