“Part of what makes opera seem, at least, a camp art form is that fans of the genre have such inconsistent taste…. What a lot of opera queens flock to is a corner of the repertoire that can be best labeled ‘guilty pleasures,’ pieces we all know are of dubious artistic quality—but what fun to listen!” [New York Observer]
“This season I’ve sat through some perfectly mediocre performances in the plush seats of Lincoln Center, and last weekend I was transported by one of the year’s most intriguing presentations while writhing in discomfort in a plastic folding chair.” Our Own JJ reviews Orlando and Early Shaker Spirituals in the Observer.
Our Own JJ was only semi-amused: “Pagliacci was a solid success, but Cavalleria Rusticana bombed on just about every level.” Photo by Cory Weaver/ Metropolitan Opera.
Our own publisher and New York Observer scribe
Julie Jordan James Jorden plays pundit again for WQXR’s “Conducting Business.”
“’They’re young… they’re in love… and they kill people’ goes the tagline for the 1968 film Bonnie and Clyde, but the slogan could apply almost as well to the outlaw pair at the center of the Metropolitan Opera’s white-hot revival of Massenet’s Manon.”
Donkey dick and other Asian Fusion vaudeville acts arouse “The BAM Effect” at Handel’s Semele.
“It was the chilliest opening night at the Met in years on Monday—barely 15 degrees when the curtain went up on the company premiere of La Donna del Lago.“
“If Mozart had only had the sense to write Don Giovanni in a… single-performer format, last Wednesday’s revival at the Met would have been one for the ages.
“Don’t bother with The Loft or The Boy Next Door: the most spine-chilling thriller currently playing isn’t on the screen of your local multiplex but on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera.”