critics and their criticism

Tony One-Note Tony One-Note

“Tony could only sing one note and the note he sang was this…”

on October 27, 2019 at 3:53 PM
Situation critical Situation critical

With all the greatest respect for Jessye Norman as an artist, I do wish people would stop quoting her vain and defensive statements about critics as if she were some kind of oracle.

on October 22, 2019 at 11:03 AM
Past and furious Past and furious

An “opera critic” is still terrified of productions that closed a generation ago.

on October 16, 2019 at 5:04 PM
Hot takes, get your hot takes here Hot takes, get your hot takes here

“In none of this was he ever anything close to perfect. Great artists never are. Without their devils there would be no angels.”

on October 03, 2019 at 11:30 PM
Race-bait to the bottom Race-bait to the bottom

That’s right, it’s September 30, 2019 and Venomous Fishwife Norman Lebrecht claims this is the first time in his entire life he has heard that some people might find Turandot offensive.

on September 30, 2019 at 8:51 PM
“I am finding my way as I go” “I am finding my way as I go”

The musical director of the Opera Royal de Wallonie at Liege is currently experiencing the early phase of a promising international career in music.

on September 16, 2019 at 9:30 AM
Funny fascist Funny fascist

Leave it to Opera News to whitewash the revolting reactionary politics of Franco Zeffirelli.

on September 12, 2019 at 11:01 AM
Bleeding of the eye Bleeding of the eye

Congratulations to venerable Opera News on their new hire, art director Harvey Dent.

on February 18, 2019 at 3:57 PM
L’ombra mostrarsi a me! L’ombra mostrarsi a me!

Since his death, Mackerras has had not very much interesting to say aside from “Avenge me!”

on April 16, 2018 at 7:48 AM
Not since the Zodiac Killer… Not since the Zodiac Killer…

“Marlis Petersen, in her first shot at the role, is as complete a video Violetta as Rosanna Carteri, Marie McLaughlin or the young Angela Gheorghiu, and as riveting as Teresa Stratas or Anna Netrebko.”

on January 14, 2017 at 8:27 PM
“After all that time, she can call Tristan ‘du’ surely” “After all that time, she can call Tristan ‘du’ surely”

Finally we know what Brian Kellow used to do at Opera News: proofreading.

on August 19, 2016 at 5:46 PM
Politically deflect Politically deflect

“A few weeks after the opening night of Otello in New York, The Washington Post convened a group of African–American opera singers to discuss the issue.”

on February 09, 2016 at 2:55 PM
A boom with a view A boom with a view

“It’s in the ‘Behind the Scenes’ section of the Lady Gaga issue, involving Brian Mitchell, archivist and occasional child wrangler with the Houston Grand Opera.”

on September 14, 2015 at 10:30 AM
Winged victors Winged victors

The winners of the ninth annual F. Paul Driscoll Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence (or, as they are colloquially known, the “Opera News Awards”) have been revealed.

on September 11, 2013 at 10:34 AM