Cher Public

  • armerjacquino: …Franco Zeffirelli is nowhere near as good at it as he thinks… 4:23 PM
  • Porgy Amor: …when you try to take risks and be innovative, people are likely to whine that they want the beautiful old production... 4:22 PM
  • armerjacquino: ….and doing it in a public restroom is inconsiderate to other users. 4:19 PM
  • armerjacquino: …and people keep telling you it was much better 50 years ago. 4:17 PM
  • Batty Masetto: … and sometimes there’s not enough to give satisfaction, and sometimes there’s too much to handle. 4:15 PM
  • Porgy Amor: Nah. …nothing compares to the in-person experience, but if that’s impossible, a good video is better than nothing. 4:15 PM
  • antikitschychick: LOL ya’ll are too much! I would add that it’s important to be generous…eve ryone loves an artist who... 4:15 PM
  • armerjacquino: …and such a lot depends on how you control a few tiny muscles in your throat. Too much? 4:10 PM

Busyness as usual

Every couple of months that article gets tossed around on social media, the one with Sixteen Words with No Translation! and then of course their translations, because otherwise it would be a very short article. Did you know that other languages express in one word things that English expresses in several? It’s true! Anyway the word I always hope to see on there is the Yiddish “ongepotchket.” It’s a good word. Useful. Specific. It mostly just means “tacky” but also with an element of “ill-thought-out” and “everything but the kitchen sink.”   Read more »

La farsa del destino

There might be nothing in the world as joyous as a Rossini overture. Il Signor Bruschino is considered one of Rossini’s minor works but about 30 seconds into the overture you are officially in “Rossiniland” (the theme of this new video staged by the Pesaro Rossini Opera Festival in 2012). The violins tap the orchestra stands in a persistent knocking sound and the piece just bubbles along until its inevitable accelerating crescendo.
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Where have all the bubbles gone?

Susan Stroman’s relatively new Metropolitan Opera production of Lehar’s The Merry Widow translated well to Lyric Opera of Chicago when I attended Tuesday night, the second performance of the run. Read more »

PHOTO: Janette Pellegrini

Tell me about the rabbits

Our Own JJ confesses he just doted on Heartbreak Express, but “You Us We All was not my cup of twee.”

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Humans of old Madrid

Bare Opera, the feisty little company that gave Debussy’s exquisite L’Enfant Prodigue in Chelsea last spring, is now operating in chic, rundown Bushwick where so many original enterprises sprout.

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Consider the subtleness of the sea

Hopefully the assignment of Herman Melville’s endless whaling opus Moby-Dick as compulsory reading for High School students is a thing of the past.

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Peretyatko Rossini Amazon

La figlia dell’aria

For her third solo recording, Olga Peretyatko summons the two men who launched her career less than a decade ago

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Jennifer Wilson

Enigma variation

On Thursday evening Jennifer Wilson “finally” made a belated, disappointing Met debut as Turandot.

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Lulu collage

Lulu’s back in town

Continuing coverage of the Met’s new Alban Berg spectacular.

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“If there is no struggle, there is no progress”

In New York, tradition insists, there are no limits to where a preposterous idea, talent and relentless determination will take you, in defiance of all the odds.

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