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  • perfidia: I have been thinking, after hearing Peters’ recording of Zerbinetta, that she was probably... 9:46 AM
  • Krunoslav: I had indeed forgotten- quite awful, with Hvorostovsky– ; was it his first studio set?–... 9:43 AM
  • Buster: The piano version, in this case, works well – more intimate, more exposed: httpv://www.you... 9:35 AM
  • Gualtier M: Just a note here: Metropolitan Opera accumulated a $22 million dollar deficit last year,... 9:35 AM
  • kennedet: I hope not, Salome. Is she trying to reinvent herself or just having fun? If it’s the... 9:20 AM
  • Buster: There is a also a Jessye Cavalleria Rusticana – best forgotten. 9:08 AM
  • Often admonished: She sang both soprano and mezzo parts for Abbado. At two separate performances, fortunately. 8:41 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Ja danke. Klar, Freitag habe ich den Türken. :) 8:16 AM
  • Lohengrin: Zur Info: 27. November ist Donneestag. 8:08 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: OK dann am Freitag. Danke und viel Spaß. 8:03 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.