Cher Public

Change the world – I want to get off

Michaela Martens embodies the loneliness of the activist.

The art of opera mostly flunks the Bechdel test. Susanna and the Countess discuss the Count; Butterfly and Suzuki go on at length about Pinkerton; Isolde and Brangäne lack any topic but Tristan.  Read more »

But is it an artful paradox?

When I entered the small, unique performance space at National Sawdust, I found a bunch of people just sitting around. The chairs had been arranged in a haphazard way, instead of the linear and unilateral manner that one expects from a traditional auditorium.  Read more »

Manhattan melodrama

Curtis Opera Theater mounted a musically remarkable account of John AdamsDoctor Atomic on March 2. (It was repeated on March 4). Timothy Myers was the masterful conductor and drew superb playing from the Curtis Symphony Orchestra crowded into the pit of the small Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center.  Read more »

The name game

“And what, after all, is this ‘love’ everyone keeps singing about and dying for?”

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Notes from the underground

Director R.B. Schlather and his team explored Handel’s Orlando and the results, as seen at Monday night’s final presentation, proved uncommonly stimulating.

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