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Bitter end Bitter end

Trove Thursday offers a rare third retelling of the saga of the ill-fated courtesan: Auber’s Manon Lescaut starring Mariella Devia.

on January 16, 2020 at 2:33 PM
Rice and shine Rice and shine

Happy 86th birthday mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne.

on January 16, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy and Gabrielle Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy and Gabrielle

I watched Greta Gerwig’s heartbreaking, gorgeous, joy-filled explosion of an adaptation of Little Women in about the best way one can, sniffling in the dark with my best friend, the closest person I have to a sister.

on January 15, 2020 at 11:10 PM
A radical participatory platform A radical participatory platform

The opera’s radical vision lay in its enormous scale, which encompassed a hundred-strong community chorus taken from the ranks of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and Master Voices.

on January 15, 2020 at 10:42 PM
Seductively compelling Seductively compelling

Rosa Feola immediately established with her first group that she’s a serious artist who brought to the concert format both a warmly appealing coppery soprano as well as detailed and savvy dramatic instincts.

on January 15, 2020 at 10:32 PM
Refraction Refraction

I’m only now coming up for air after a night spent wading in the deep, cool, refractory waters of Magdalene, a work of immense, mythic joy and pain wrapped in the details of the ordinary.

on January 15, 2020 at 10:06 PM
Litter box office poison Litter box office poison

Upon its commercial release three weeks ago, Tom Hooper’s film adaptation of Cats garnered instant, near-universal scorn from audiences and critics alike.

on January 14, 2020 at 5:03 PM
Flawless! Flawless!

At the Metropolitan Opera on Friday night, an otherwise undistinguished Traviata was salvaged by an astonishing performance from Aleksandra Kurzak, whose Violetta was an incontrovertible triumph.

on January 12, 2020 at 12:49 PM
The moon and I The moon and I

Composer Garrett Fisher and librettist Ellen McLaughlin’s Blood Moon wears its themes on its sleeve to great success in this spellbinding new opera.

on January 12, 2020 at 12:33 PM
The man that got away The man that got away

On this day in 1912 Pietro Mascagni‘s Lodoletta had its United States premiere at the Metropolitan with  Geraldine Farrar and Enrico Caruso in the leads.

on January 12, 2020 at 12:21 PM
Wozzeck Wozzeck

More Berg in the bleak midwinter.

on January 11, 2020 at 11:48 AM
La Traviata La Traviata

Verdi’s masterpiece returns to the Met tonight.

on January 10, 2020 at 4:50 PM
These are the damned These are the damned

Anticipating the work’s return to the Met after more than a decade, Trove Thursday presents La Damnation de Faust in a 1959 broadcast featuring Régine Crespin, Nicolai Gedda and Ernest Blanc under the fine Berlioz conductor Igor Markevitch.

on January 09, 2020 at 10:13 AM
Kunstdiva Kunstdiva

Happy 64th birthday soprano/mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier.

on January 09, 2020 at 9:51 AM
Ecdysiast Ecdysiast

Born on this day in 1911 or thereabouts actress, author and burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee.

on January 08, 2020 at 11:00 AM
“My music is my portrait” “My music is my portrait”

Born on this day in 1899 composer Francis Poulenc.

on January 07, 2020 at 12:30 PM