Cher Public

Tell me about the rabbits

Among a trio of contemporary operas, Our Own JJ confesses he just doted on Heartbreak Express, but “You Us We All was not my cup of twee.” [New York Observer]

Where’s the fire?

“Everyone complains about how there is no great singing in opera anymore, but last week’s performances suggest that’s not so. The singing today is mostly fine; it’s everything else that’s the problem.” Our Own JJ was a little underwhelmed by both Tannhäuser and The Bonfire of the Vanities. [New York Observer]

Man of steel

“This throwback to the golden age of opera—superhuman singing greeted with frenzied ovations—was a function of a perfect storm of excitement: a performance of Verdi’s 1853 spellbinder to rank with one’s rosiest recollections of past glories, in combination with a poignant human story that left both cast and audience dissolved in tears.” [New York Observer]



Read and heed!

Read more »


Summer nights

“Those kids in Bushwick have this opera thing figured out.”

Read more »


Guilt trip

Part of what makes opera seem, at least, a camp art form is that fans of the genre have such inconsistent taste.

Read more »


Bum’s rush

Our Own JJ reviews Orlando and Early Shaker Spirituals in the Observer.

Read more »

Crack that Whip!

Ham and ex

Our Own JJ was only semi-amused.

Read more »


Time and again I would try to say

Our own publisher and New York Observer scribe Julie Jordan James Jorden plays pundit again for WQXR’s “Conducting Business.”

Read more »

Don Carlo

Sometimes just pretzels and beer

Our Own JJ crunches the numbers at the Met and LoftOpera in the New York Observer.

Read more »