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Joel Rozen

Joel Rozen is a culture critic, anthropologist, and audiophile living in New York. His doctoral thesis at Princeton—still underway—is based on some field research he did in North Africa a few years ago; since then he’s enjoyed teaching in the city and writing about music. His love of opera can probably be traced back to high school, when he used to poach from his girlfriend’s dad’s CD collection. The orientation has changed and so has the digital format. What hasn’t is the Domingo/Studer Otello, which remains awesome, and unreturned.

A view to a kill

Reviewing Michael Mayer‘s “Rat Pack Rigoletto” for the Times back in 2013, Anthony Tommasini pondered who, exactly, this Vegas retelling was for.  Read more »

Can you ‘Fille’ the love tonight

La Fille du Régiment, Donizetti’s semi-spoken ode to La France about a girl raised by a division of daddies, is at once infamous and beloved for the string of nine high C’s capping act one. Read more »

Knock on wood

Cellist Leah Coloff’s one-woman cabaret act ThisTree, which premiered Sunday on the HERE main stage, finds its place among a lineup of Prototype Festival miniatures this week that seem to plumb the depths of womanly distress.  Read more »

Neigh sayers: Frightening the Horses

At tonight’s performance of Aida at the Met, the Triumphal Scene horses suddenly panicked and tried to bolt from the stage. I can’t say I blame them.

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Next to Norman

In addition to Jessye Norman, this event paid homage to the shamefully obscure soprano Sissieretta Jones—once billed as “The Black Patti.”

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May contain nuts

Mark Morris’ saucy, psychedelic The Hard Nut has returned to the Brooklyn Academy of Music yet again this week for its 27th Christmas since the ballet premiered in Brussels

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Lion, tamer

At Friday’s opening of Otello, there was a good deal of interesting going on, though not all of it necessarily onstage.

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My sister, my queen

It had something for everyone who loves loud chesty singing and smoky soft-singing: from Tchaikovsky to Rachmaninoff to Strauss…

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