Eli Jacobson

How do you solve a problem like ‘Medea’? How do you solve a problem like ‘Medea’?

Sondra Radvanovsky has an unconventional voice that is suited to unconventional characters and is best used in rangy, difficult music.  The lack of lush beauty was no deficit in depicting Medea’s jealousy and vengeful rage.

on September 28, 2022 at 3:50 PM
NYCO, out(doors) and proud NYCO, out(doors) and proud

The New York City Opera has become an elusive “now you see it, now you don’t” presence in the New York opera scene since the departure of main sponsor and chairman of the board Roy G. Niederhoffer in 2019.

on September 10, 2022 at 10:58 AM
Romeo and Gilda Romeo and Gilda

The winners of the evening were the composer Riccardo Zandonai and Teatro Grattacielo which pulled off a near-impossible feat with success.

on June 10, 2022 at 2:13 PM
Ghost of honor Ghost of honor

The elusive La dame blanche returned for one evening to New York City on May 28 thanks to the New Amsterdam Opera led by maestro Keith Chambers.

on June 04, 2022 at 8:00 AM
Give Paris one more chance Give Paris one more chance

Pavarotti and Freni are gone but the Franco Zeffirelli Bohème remains. 

on May 26, 2022 at 2:09 PM
Making her garden grown Making her garden grown

Joyce DiDonato admits that she is “a problem solver, a dreamer, and—yes I’m a belligerent optimist.”

on April 25, 2022 at 11:59 AM
Twisted sisters Twisted sisters

Nina Stemme’s Elektra always seemed the sanest individual onstage never quite giving over to obsession or hysteria with a good line in mordant sarcasm and contempt.

on April 04, 2022 at 1:23 PM
Soaring on multicolored wings Soaring on multicolored wings

Eleanora Buratto at this fully matured point of her career has a warm, creamy full lyric soprano that has the roundness and sweet warmth of a Freni but can also expand into the spinto power of a Tebaldi. 

on March 21, 2022 at 2:31 PM
Hopelessly human Hopelessly human

The Boston Symphony and Alban Berg’s “Wir arme Leut” spread musical riches at Carnegie Hall.

on March 17, 2022 at 12:00 PM
Desert island diva Desert island diva

This sterling revival shows the Metropolitan to be surviving well and in good shape.

on March 03, 2022 at 12:00 PM
Playing the diva vs. being the diva Playing the diva vs. being the diva

In the last weeks of January, as the Metropolitan Opera season wound to a close (prior to the winter hiatus) two striking sopranos were thrust into the limelight.

on January 27, 2022 at 8:39 AM
A Messy Little Christmas A Messy Little Christmas

Part vaudeville, part opera concert and part drag ball, Heartbeat Opera’s pageant was like a cup of eggnog spiked with a dash of LSD.

on December 25, 2021 at 10:00 AM
Love, your magic spell is everywhere! Love, your magic spell is everywhere!

Teatro Grattacielo presented two visions of love’s magic on November 13 and 14—one via Spain and Argentina (in collaboration with Opera Hispánica) and the other via Alsace by way of Italy.

on November 22, 2021 at 10:00 AM
A dream deferred A dream deferred

In an era when the Metropolitan Opera cannot cast an Aida, Trovatore or Forza consistently, New Amsterdam Opera managed to cast large, attractive and fully technically capable voices in all the cruelly demanding principal roles in I Vespri Siciliani!

on October 25, 2021 at 11:52 AM