Cher Public

  • NPW-Paris: The Fairy Queen, of which (just in case anyone wasn’t aware) Jonathan Kent’s Glyndebourne production was fantastic... 1:26 AM
  • Niel Rishoi: Sava Vemic has a recital on his YouTube channel. Here he is singing “Si, tra i ceppi.” VERY impressive voice, to... 12:05 AM
  • Krunoslav: Yes, that’s why I began my post “True, but…” Lenskis are sensitive… 11:03 PM
  • gustave of montreal: Next season, Mascagni’s PARISINA ? 9:44 PM
  • The Poet Lenski: Groves for Graves was an autocorrect fail. And I never said that she didn’t sing other roles. But it’s not... 8:31 PM
  • PCally: Here’s another Dido which I’m sure won’t appeal to everyone. I find it exceptionally regal and intense and her... 8:08 PM
  • PCally: Camille she sang the Plaint and the complete Dido. She was finer in the latter IMO, quite restrained and small scaled in a good.... 8:06 PM
  • Krunoslav: True, but Denyce *Graves* also sang Dorabella, Périchole (both in Philly), Federica, Baba the Turk, Maddalena and Margaret... 8:05 PM

Glass warfare

Saturday’s Washington National Opera premiere of a new version of Philip Glass and Christopher Hampton’s opera Appomattox had everything going for it: the long-overdue appearance of the work of America’s greatest living opera composer on a Kennedy Center stage, timely and important subject matter tied to recent historical milestones, even a sexy policy hook (that’s a thing). Everything, as they say, but the opera.  Read more »

When owls attack

Philip Glass’s 25th opera The Perfect American was originally commissioned for New York City Opera during the aborted regime of Gerard Mortier.  When his hiring fell through in 2008, Mortier and his planned City Opera projects headed for Teatro Real Madrid, where the piece opened in January 2013.  The story tells of the final days of Walt Disney as he was dying of cancer in 1966, based on the novel Der Konig von Amerika by Peter Stephan Jungk, a fictionalized account of Disney being stalked by a fired employee who sought to unionize Disney’s employees and get them the credit they deserved for much of the actual drawing of the Disney characters.  (Saving Mr. Banks it ain’t.)   Read more »

E il sol dell’animator

Something contemporary for the cher public: starting at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, the new Philip Glass opera The Perfect American, webcast from the Teatro Real, Madrid.   Read more »

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Back to the Beach

“Is a work an opera simply because its creators choose to call it one?”

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ENO is enough

The repertory for the upcoming season of the English National Opera (also known as “Peter Gelb‘s shopping list”) boasts the world premiere of a new opera by Philip Glass, The Perfect American, which imagines the last days of Walt Disney.

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Glass works

Composer Philip Glass will appear this evening in support of Occupy Museums in Lincoln Center plaza during the Met’s final performance this season of his Satyagraha. The demonstration is described by Occupy Museums as “an open conversation at 10:30 pm about the effects of increased privatization and corporatization of all aspects of society, and the use of nonviolent civil disobedience around the world to reclaim the commons.”

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