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.

Disorientation Disorientation

Teatro Nuovo took a big risk in a bad way on Wednesday with its revival of Rossini’s Maometto II.

on November 05, 2022 at 12:00 PM
The clue whose meaning we avoid The clue whose meaning we avoid

We watch Peter Grimes being made into a deviant— a process that can take place through the mechanism of the law, but often happens outside of it through social processes.

on October 17, 2022 at 3:23 PM
Take the long way Rome Take the long way Rome

David McVicar’s 2017 production of Tosca returned to the Met on Tuesday night, with an able and watchable, if not transcendent cast.

on October 06, 2022 at 8:20 PM
So damn bored So damn bored

It’s nasty world, Shostakovich seems to say, where life alternates between boring and terrifying.

on September 30, 2022 at 1:38 PM
A different type of self-consciousness altogether A different type of self-consciousness altogether

Emily D’Angelo, in a moment of subversion, sang the entire program wearing casual trousers, a vest, and chunky combat boots, her cropped hair slightly mussed, and wearing only light make-up.

on September 20, 2022 at 12:42 PM
Sister tract Sister tract

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz is perfect figure for an opera; known, but not known enough, especially in English-speaking countries, with a life that involved plenty of love, poetry and tragedy.

on August 24, 2022 at 2:51 PM
Varying the song Varying the song

The opera The Rake’s Progress, as many people know already, was inspired by a series of engravings and paintings of the same name by William Hogarth, showing the decline of a young man into depravity and insanity.

on May 31, 2022 at 2:19 PM
Reviving a pharaoh Reviving a pharaoh

The Met brought back 2019 smash Akhnaten last night, with nearly the exact same cast and creative team, and with nearly the same knockout effect of three years ago.

on May 20, 2022 at 1:26 PM
Strangeness of the body Strangeness of the body

On this past, rainy Thursday, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s delivered a really rather extraordinary performance of the St. Matthew Passion.  To me, this evening was a fascinating exploration of work.

on April 12, 2022 at 10:00 AM
Baby got backup Baby got backup

Michel van der Aa’s new opera UPLOAD at the Park Avenue Armory explores the various ethical issues surrounding AI while coming back to a set of classic philosophical questions about free will, pain and the nature of the soul.

on March 23, 2022 at 12:28 PM
From A to Z From A to Z

Has there ever been a more perfect opera to watch after a breakup than Ariadne auf Naxos?

on March 18, 2022 at 8:22 AM
Crazy business this Crazy business this

Despite a star-studded cast, last night’s Anyone Can Whistle at Carnegie Hall ultimately failed to take flight.

on March 11, 2022 at 5:32 PM
Turandot doesn’t exist Turandot doesn’t exist

It’s back to business as usual at the Met, for better and for worse.

on October 14, 2021 at 8:00 AM
The sonic clash never resolves itself The sonic clash never resolves itself

The cabaret at Saint Ann’s Warehouse delivered frothy fun and a dollop of pathos with Anthony Roth Costanzo and Justin Vivian Bond in Only an Octave Apart.

on September 29, 2021 at 2:26 PM
Playing with ‘Fire’ Playing with ‘Fire’

With composer Terence Blanchard and librettist Kasi Lemmons‘ incendiary Fire Shut Up in My Bones, the Met makes long overdue history and Will Liverman ascends to superstardom.

on September 28, 2021 at 1:01 PM
When a Met loves a woman When a Met loves a woman

The Met recently submitted another eye-roll inducing entry for the Woke Olympics with their Women’s History Month slate.

on March 22, 2021 at 11:20 AM
Don’t you forget about me Don’t you forget about me

HERE’s new radio opera marks itself out by leaning into the dramatic affordances of the audio-only format in No One is Forgotten, an adaptation of a play by Winter Miller with new music by Paola Prestini and Sxip Shirey.

on March 08, 2021 at 3:00 PM
The ties that bind The ties that bind

Like everyone reading this, I imagine, I’ve missed going to see and hear something in person more than I thought possible.

on January 14, 2021 at 12:00 PM
Champagne o’clock Champagne o’clock

Happy New Year, dear readers, from me, Callum, and Christine Goerke’s headband-tiara!

on January 05, 2021 at 12:01 PM
Hear those magic reindeer click Hear those magic reindeer click

Jonas Kaufmann would like you know it’s Christmas. Well, not unlike a broken clock, he is right, at least for one day a year.

on December 25, 2020 at 2:19 PM
No Grinches allowed No Grinches allowed

Grab a fuzzy robe, a hot toddy, and a Wales guidebook, then sink blissfully into your couch for Bryn Terfel’s Christmas concert for the Met’s Live in Concert Series.

on December 14, 2020 at 9:45 AM
A couple of misfits A couple of misfits

Diana Damrau and Joseph Calleja presented an uneven program in a lavish setting this weekend in the most recent entry in the Met’s concert series.

on October 26, 2020 at 11:06 PM
Dish honored Dish honored

Lise Davidsen turned in a fine performance Saturday, cementing her up-and-coming star status in an eclectic program given from the Oscarshall Palace in Oslo.

on August 31, 2020 at 9:56 AM
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
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