Sylvia Korman

Sylvia Korman is a recent graduate from Barnard College and a recent devotee of all things opera. They like mezzos in pants, Met Opera student tickets and reading the comments sections. See their tweets at ? boy eternal ? and people mad at opera.

Nervous system theater Nervous system theater

Like a sommelier of male entitlement, Peter Mattei paired with precision moves from a wide-ranging vocabulary of gesture.

on May 08, 2023 at 9:00 AM
Radically giddy Radically giddy

Verdi’s Falstaff is a brilliantly written opera: funny, with a complex ability to operate across minutely shifting registers of farce and lyricism. It needs, ideally, a production and cast capable of executing both comedy and drama, irony and sincerity—often concurrently. In its current Met revival, happily, Falstaff has everything it needs.

on March 14, 2023 at 4:32 PM
Mozart, maximally Mozart, maximally

Do you ever wonder how easy it is to invent a Christmas tradition?

on December 19, 2022 at 8:59 AM
Alone in the world Alone in the world

Step aside, Texas: “Everything is bigger at Aida” is the motto of the Met’s second attempt at retiring Sonja Frisell’s colossal production.

on December 03, 2022 at 9:28 PM
On a par with tuberculosis On a par with tuberculosis

Come back, Big Clock! We need you more than ever!

on October 27, 2022 at 10:00 AM
Resisting the recognizable Resisting the recognizable

It was Matthew Jocelyn’s libretto, with its disorientingly deconstructive approach to its source text, that gave Brett Dean’s Hamlet its identity.

on May 18, 2022 at 2:07 PM
Not really about ‘La bohème’ Not really about ‘La bohème’

What is there to say about the Franco Zeffirelli Bohème? What is left to say?

on November 12, 2021 at 2:48 PM
Better than the sum of its parts Better than the sum of its parts

Is there any opera more bullet-proof than Le Nozze di Figaro?

on February 07, 2020 at 10:16 AM
Faces in the crowd Faces in the crowd

Saturday night’s Rosenkavalier at the Met was an evening of excess — beautiful singing, sensitive acting, elaborate sets, and an unfortunate business that mars Robert Carsen’s otherwise excellent production.

on December 30, 2019 at 8:34 AM
Puppets and cherry blossoms Puppets and cherry blossoms

I find it difficult to experience Madama Butterfly without also experiencing an odd fracturing of the self.

on October 18, 2019 at 1:52 PM
Into the wooed Into the wooed

We are the elusive, the mysterious, the ever-courted Millennial Audience, Mr. Darcy to the marketing department’s Mrs. Bennet.

on April 30, 2019 at 9:51 AM
Dressed to kill Dressed to kill

Oh, that slippery Don Giovanni—so elusive, so chaotic, so open to no end of interpretation! 

on April 26, 2019 at 4:23 PM
The harsh untruth of the camera eye The harsh untruth of the camera eye

Ivo van Hove really seems to be everywhere lately.

on April 08, 2019 at 10:07 AM
Natural woman Natural woman

I do not envy Jennifer Rowley the task of stepping into Anna Netrebko’s shoes.

on January 25, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Whiskey tango foxtrot Whiskey tango foxtrot

I really cannot exaggerate the extent to which I truly did not know what was going on in New York City Opera’s production of Maria de Buenos Aires.

on October 23, 2018 at 3:10 PM
Go away from my window Go away from my window

Hunger was the note of the night, a sentiment shared between the audience and Proving Up, a lean and hungry one-act telling a story of drought and desperation on the post-Civil War Western frontier.

on September 27, 2018 at 2:26 PM
Elements of stile Elements of stile

I’m no fach expert but I will admit the “gay stile” is a new one for me — somewhere between the lyric and the dramatic tenor voices, perhaps?

on August 17, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Accentuate the positive Accentuate the positive

I love the comments that really seem to think they balanced the positive with the negative.

on August 10, 2018 at 9:40 AM
The savvy and the non-savvy The savvy and the non-savvy

Sounds like a better Friday night than “what the composer intended.” 

on August 03, 2018 at 11:43 AM
Heaven is a place on Broadway Heaven is a place on Broadway

Broadway’s new Head Over Heels is anything but under committed; it’s a show with an irresistibly fun spirit and an infallibly good heart.

on August 01, 2018 at 10:12 AM
If I could be with you one scour tonight If I could be with you one scour tonight

“Too sexy” is a hell of an accusation for a woman wearing a giant mesh Brillo pad!

on July 27, 2018 at 9:56 AM
“Ah, mascalzone, presto in prigione! Suzuki, il thè” “Ah, mascalzone, presto in prigione! Suzuki, il thè”

Here’s a set of comments that I think really captures the duality of YouTube — two criticisms of Jonas Kaufmann. I won’t say which I personally find more valid! 

on July 20, 2018 at 7:40 AM
U mad? U mad?

I found myself engrossed in the comments of bitchy queens and backseat directors.

on July 13, 2018 at 9:00 AM