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Razors, edge

Curtis Opera continued its season using the Prince Theater as their venue. That alliance took on particular resonance here, as the company ventured Sweeney Todd. The famous first production in 1979 was, of course, directed by Harold Prince, and surely represents one of his (and composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s) crowning achievements.  Read more »

Bly’s spirits

I must admit a certain trepidation when I received the press kit announcing that the role of Miles in Juilliard’s performances of Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw was to be sung by soprano Britt Hewitt and not a boy treble, but those concerns were dashed by the second scene of the opera.   Read more »

Separated at Clark Gable

Anna Netrebko‘s Instagram meets Metro.

Fire and ice

On this day in 1926 the US premiere and first Metropolitan Opera performance of Puccini’s Turandot.

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The implausible dream

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The end of the world party

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The shock of the modern

Two of today’s most compelling divas tackle a hair-raising early 20th century German masterpiece for “Trove Thursday”—Karita Mattila in Schönberg’s Erwartung conducted by Susanna Mälkki and Anna Caterina Antonacci in Hindemith’s Sancta Susanna led by Carlo Rizzi. 

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Something’s comin’

The House of the Redeemer is a convent in the former Fabbri mansion on East 95th Street, its library taken from a palazzo in Urbino. The room is therefore about the right size (say, two pre-war Manhattan living rooms) for chamber concerts. The concert last Friday night of the Ensemble Ricercare Antico, four Italian instrumentalists and a tenor, Riccardo Pisani, was part of the Salon/Sanctuary Concert series, who present music of various eras in properly atmospheric venues around New York and Florence. 

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