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  • zinka: YOU need to run the MET..La Cieca can be an usher….. you write (like James) so beautifullyR... 6:58 PM
  • zinka: Hi>>I am not saying that singers today cannot be superb..BUT who has the “Muzio... 6:56 PM
  • antikitschychick: Don’t know that she necessarily chose him…perhaps he was the most qualified to... 6:40 PM
  • antikitschychick: How wonderful to hear she was so nice and down to earth :-) thanks for sharing your lovely... 6:35 PM
  • antikitschychick: Ivy you’re probably right about the total devotion thing (as you’ve... 6:30 PM
  • SilvestriWoman: I only met her briefly, but Freni was as down to earth as can be. As I waited for a coaching... 6:24 PM
  • Camille: Gracias, NPW. Very interesting to hear Mo. Biondi had this to say in re Vivaldi and helps me a... 6:19 PM
  • veal seduttore: The Kaufmann Ferrando is astonishing, not only for how good it is, but how unrecognizable his... 6:19 PM
  • La Cieca: He sings Otello, Canio and some other heavy, hard-to-cast parts, so he likely can get plenty of... 6:18 PM
  • LogeLizard: Yikes. Verdi baritones, I meant. 6:10 PM

Glass, Gandhi, Occupy: Action

As suggested in Part I of this piece, to experience Glass’s Satyagraha as a purely aesthetic experience is unfortunately to succumb to a romantic ideology promoting detached reflection on art which is wholly inapplicable to such a politically-charged opera. The idea that Gandhi’s action-oriented philosophy would be packaged and sold for the sake of passive introspection would have bothered him deeply. Read more »

Glass, Gandhi, Occupy: Performance

That Philip Glass’s opera about Gandhi’s nonviolent civil disobedience should be revived by the Metropolitan Opera in 2011—a year marked by nonviolent revolutions and uprisings around the globe—is timely, to say the least. The most recent production of his Satyagraha (1979) was first premiered by the Met in the spring of 2008 as America stood on the precipice of the most devastating economic crisis in three-quarters of a century. Read more »

Truth, force

Critic Ann Binlot draws some perhaps rather obvious parallels between Satyagraha and the Occupy Wall Street movement in a brief feature on ARTINFO.