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  • phillyoperalover: Why did she drop Cio Cio San from her rep? She was very good in it. Going into heavier rep? 1:19 PM
  • manou: Immediate photographic evidence required. 1:10 PM
  • Poison Ivy: No, Hong is replacing Racette, who;s dropped Cio Cio San from her repertoire. 1:05 PM
  • steveac10: Morris is only scheduled for Timur and Lodovico. I’ve noticed the artist pages on the new site are still a mess. He... 12:58 PM
  • phillyoperalover: 1) I called Kelsey dropping out since the very beginning when they said he was going to do it. He needs time to rest,... 12:49 PM
  • JohninSeattle: For those of us who suffer with beauty so powerful it’s fatal, I am empathetic to the plight of Eboli. 12:25 PM
  • Poison Ivy: I don’t think the TBA’s are being held for Poplavskaya. If they were then they’d be announced as such to... 12:23 PM
  • nachEule: Oh, yes agreed absolutely; his language shows irritation and I’m sure you’re right, LT, no $ for him from Decca,... 12:12 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.