Cher Public

The young and the restless

daniel-and-briana“We want to figure out how to create a nationwide change in how people think opera can be done.” So say the stepsiblings who are already well on their way to revolutionizing opera in New York. [Observer]

Alla pompa che si appresta meco, o schiava, assisterai

kirstie“The celebrated ‘Triumph’ scene… borders on homoerotic porn with its masses of buff extras in skimpy uniforms. (The Met then immediately loses the gay audience when the spoils of war are revealed to be no more impressive than the merchandise of a Kirstie Alley-era Pier 1.)” [Observer]

Incomplete artwork

Don GiovanniMichael Grandage’s staging of Don Giovanni, DOA when it premiered five seasons ago, served as a vehicle for the return to the Met of Simon Keenlyside after two years of various infirmities. . . . He towered over the listless supporting cast like Daniel Day-Lewis guest-starring in a marionette show.” [Observer]

Tosca NYCO

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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Autumn Leaves

All fall down

La Cieca (pictured) asks, what are your eight (or even 10) can’t-miss opera events for the fall?

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FFJ

People may say I can’t write, but no one can ever say I didn’t write

An aging eccentric—who has for decades occupied a dubious place on the fringes of New York’s musical life—today saw a lifelong dream fulfilled.

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Madama Butterfly

Two and only

Anna Netrebko and Latonia Moore (pictured) rekindle “The Grand Opera Buzz.”

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Butterfly

Seamless

“Friday night’s triumph may well leave the Met’s management wondering how it let such a gem slip through its fingers.”

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Penn Station

End of the line

“Mr. Eyre’s production… was just another in a series of ugly, gargantuan stagings signaling the Met’s endemic lack of imagination or artistic ambition.”

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tobey

Glister act

New York City Opera Renaissance’s Tosca “was opera at its most retrograde, an effort to recreate a golden age from a handful of tinsel.”

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