Cher Public

Larry Mellman

The rich are different from you and me

Whether you love the 2018 Berlin Staatsoper Tristan and Isolde depends on what you think the opera is about. In my opinion, this production brilliantly projects the inner life of Wagner’s 19th century masterwork onto the 21st century.  Read more »

Against the grain

In the wake of all the discussion of the Met’s new production of La traviata, a major setback to live opera on all fronts, I began to wonder if there truly is a future for opera other than as an overpriced museum piece for an aging audience who likes their sets lavish, their productions non-challenging, and their singers telegenic.  Read more »