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Mourning glory

salome-racetteIn his excellent book Humiliation, Wayne Koestenbaum describes why he likes to watch clips of Liza Minnelli on YouTube: “I want to see her humiliation,” he writes.  Read more »

It’s about this town

wonderful-townThe Leonard Bernstein centennial is fast approaching my friends and by August of 2018 arts organizations worldwide will have unleashed a blitzkrieg of Lenny unto a (hopefully) indebted and (likely by then) musically exhausted public. The first shot across the bow appeared over the weekend from L.A. Opera with their inspired concert staging of his musical-comedy bouquet to New York, Wonderful Town.  Read more »

Chanson d’amour

loin-1Much like Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, which launched the Met’s 2016-2017 season, Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin is an opera about love and death.  Read more »

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Tag sale

It is a good rule of thumb that if you emerge from a massive grand opera like Aida feeling any less than overwhelmed, you have a right to be somewhat disappointed.

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Harmony of contrasts

Joyce DiDonato’s atest album, In War & Peace: Harmony through music, is more specific than it sounds.

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All about my mother

Operatic history can be cruel where multiple works with the same subject are concerned

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Winning streak

Like our beloved Cubs, Chicago Lyric Opera is in the midst of a championship season.

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To weep and remember

Last evening’s scorching performance of Fallujah by the New York City Opera demonstrated that sometimes impact is not limited by physical proximity.

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All night long

In one important respect, a great production of Puccini resembles a great production of Wagner.

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Flight of fancy

Jonathan Dove’s Flight is an opera that makes excellent use of setting.

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