m. croche

Vienna pop Vienna pop

With Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s Arabella once again on the Met’s stage, I thought I’d take a moment to revisit that opera’s most reviled character, the Fiakermilli.

on April 06, 2014 at 12:38 PM
Song of Crimea Song of Crimea

My mailbox is filled with cards and letters, all asking the same question: “Croche, is there a classical music angle to the escalating conflict in Crimea?” My answer is: “Indeed there is!”

on March 16, 2014 at 1:37 AM
Joys in the Attic Joys in the Attic

Taneev was quite a high-minded fellow, so it’s not altogether surprising that nothing less than Aeschylus (and the whole of his Oresteia!) would suffice as a libretto for his first and only opera.

on July 21, 2013 at 12:21 AM
Symbolic weight Symbolic weight

Evgeny Nikitin‘s controversial tattoos have left many people puzzled and given rise to a good deal of speculation.

on July 22, 2012 at 11:45 PM