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Hostage situation at Met enters second week

“Vicar! What are you doing in that cupboard with Mrs. Drudge?”

Breaking: The New York Times‘ 24/7 all-Exterminating Angel all the time coverage continues as reports are received that soprano Audrey Luna, one 0f the singer trapped in this catastrophe, has been heard to sing a very high note. (Photo: Ken Howard)

Martinu, very dry

Gotham Chamber Opera, which began to operate twelve years ago with a double bill of Bohuslav Martinu’s quirky little pieces, opened its 2014-15 season with two more, Alexandre bis (Alexander, twice) and Comedy on the Bridge. Both were composed in the 1930s, when Martinu, like any East European with artistic aspirations, was living in Paris. There, he became acquainted with the neo-classicism of Stravinsky, the modernism of Les Six, with surrealism and le jazz hot. His music is difficult to pigeonhole: quirky, light, individual. When war broke out, he absconded to America, which he enjoyed, but he returned to Europe before his death in 1959.  Read more »

Lady Dada

kiri_surrealismAs if her elegant carriage, pristine soprano and knockabout comedy skills (as enjoyed in La Fille du Régiment) were not sufficient claims to fame, Dame Kiri te Kanawa has branched out into the composition of surrealist poetry. Read more »