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  • Regina delle fate: Opolesa even ;) 6:15 AM
  • Regina delle fate: Or should that be Krisette Olopesa? 6:14 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Perhaps he will sing all seven but sometimes he does give so much I think he might need a... 6:13 AM
  • Regina delle fate: The singer who has in fact been shown the door at the Met is Listine Oropais. 6:13 AM
  • Regina delle fate: Call me a cynic but the idea of “serenità 221; reigning ANYWHERE ANY TIME around... 6:10 AM
  • Regina delle fate: Why would Jonas cancel? He sang the whole run in London as far as I’m aware. 6:08 AM
  • Regina delle fate: The Covent Garden one could be fixed by jettisoning the tired old “museum-c... 6:03 AM
  • Regina delle fate: It surely can’t be worse that the two productions it replaces, seen in Milan and... 6:01 AM
  • Regina delle fate: Bill is the doyen round here, but I loved many of the same Susannas, though I don’t... 5:58 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Well Rome isn’t exactly an opera capital is it? The Italian houses are not what they... 5:54 AM

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.