Gabrielle Ferrari

Gabrielle Ferrari is a PhD student at Columbia University researching gender and sexuality in British music, twentieth-century opera, and classical music and popular culture. She has degrees in music and English literature from Southern Methodist University and her Masters in Historical Musicology from Columbia University. If she isn't watching opera, writing about an opera, or reading about an opera, she's probably singing opera. When she's feeling a little bit wild, she dabbles in oratorio and musical theater.


Quantum leap Quantum leap

By a margin of more than two to one, the cher public has chosen “O Scarpia, avanti a Dio!” as the greatest of all opera curtain lines.

on June 06, 2020 at 2:48 PM
The last word: final round The last word: final round

It’s come down to this: the two finalists in the Best Opera Curtain Line competition.

on June 05, 2020 at 1:20 PM
The last word: semifinals The last word: semifinals

We move now to the semi-finals of the Best Opera Curtain Line competition.

on June 04, 2020 at 12:28 PM
The last word The last word

And now, with your cooperation, cher public, we are about to decide which is the best opera curtain line of all opera curtain lines.

on June 03, 2020 at 12:05 PM
Best Curtain Line Best Curtain Line

With thanks to commenter Krunoslav for the suggestion, we will kick off our new game with the theme “Best Curtain Line.”

on May 25, 2020 at 12:24 PM
parterre boxing parterre boxing

A new series where we pit Zerbinetta against Zerlina, Caballé against Callas, Berg against Bellini in the ultimate operatic showdown.

on May 19, 2020 at 3:16 PM
‘Lady’ Willpower ‘Lady’ Willpower

Lady M, an Online Fantasia on Verdi’s Macbeth, Heartbeat Opera’s creative and thought-provoking foray into the Zoom opera scene, left me feeling alternately pensive, hopeful and somewhat uneasy, in a good way.

on May 12, 2020 at 3:30 PM
The three faces of Lisette The three faces of Lisette

The season’s second cast delivered a satisfying, if not transcendent, La Traviata at the Met last night as they struggled to emerge from piles of jewel tone brocade and gold filigree.

on February 27, 2020 at 4:28 PM
Another version of the sleuth Another version of the sleuth

Opera for families may not generally be my thing, but I loved feeling like I was a tiny part of shaping a new opera.

on February 24, 2020 at 10:42 AM
The perfect match The perfect match

If only she’d been able to sing more than 10 minutes of Bjork’s music!

on February 23, 2020 at 1:04 PM
Speak loudly Speak loudly

Do we do what we have to do? Or do we have to do what we do?

on February 10, 2020 at 11:09 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
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
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
Close encounters Close encounters

Zauberland: An Encounter with Schumann’s Dichterliebe touched on themes of forced migration, loss, exile, and dehumanization.

on October 31, 2019 at 11:00 AM
Nearly there Nearly there

On Site Opera’s Turn of the Screw, an immersive production set in the Bronx’s Wave Hill Gardens, featured mostly good singing and a few directorial and technological missteps.

on October 26, 2019 at 5:18 PM
Orientation Orientation

There were plenty of Turan-do’s and only a few Turandon’ts at the Met’s Turandot Sunday afternoon.

on October 07, 2019 at 4:29 PM
Portrait of a Lady on fire Portrait of a Lady on fire

My blood sure boiled at this revival of the Met’s utterly punchable production of Macbeth.

on September 26, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Aestival body Aestival body

Broadway star Kelli O’Hara stepped out of her comfort zone.

on September 20, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Drama is real Drama is real

Teatro Nuovo put on a perfectly delightful show on Thursday night.

on July 01, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Ringing in my queers Ringing in my queers

Stonewall threads some difficult needles with great success overall in this last installment of New York City Opera’s Pride Month Programming.

on June 22, 2019 at 7:06 PM
Of two minds Of two minds

I wanted to like As One. I really did.

on June 04, 2019 at 9:00 AM