review / performance

Give Paris one more chance Give Paris one more chance

Pavarotti and Freni are gone but the Franco Zeffirelli Bohème remains. 

on May 26, 2022 at 2:09 PM
Ring my bell Ring my bell

The monsoon outside was no match for the torrents of gorgeous, dramatic singing and playing that was unleashed inside George Washington University’s Lisner Hall Sunday afternoon when Washington Concert Opera, in a glorious deluge of Léo Delibes, presented Lakmé to round out its return season.

on May 24, 2022 at 10:00 AM
Spaced out Spaced out

Before Wednesday I don’t remember gasping when I entered a concert venue.

on May 23, 2022 at 3:40 PM
Somewhere in Egypt Somewhere in Egypt

We open in a war room that resembled nothing so much as a parking garage. Amneris’s boudoir was certainly recognizable as such but I’d be hard-pressed to pinpoint the location of the Triumphal Scene other than the inside of a large discothèque.

on May 23, 2022 at 2:59 PM
Reviving a pharaoh Reviving a pharaoh

The Met brought back 2019 smash Akhnaten last night, with nearly the exact same cast and creative team, and with nearly the same knockout effect of three years ago.

on May 20, 2022 at 1:26 PM
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
Room temperature Room temperature

It’s maybe not a surprise that Carmen is neither a good vocal nor temperamental fit for Isabel Leonard.

on May 18, 2022 at 12:41 PM
Mainly in the plain Mainly in the plain

I wonder why many New Yorkers have been led to believe that the only Handel conductor in the world is Harry Bicket.

on May 10, 2022 at 1:12 PM
Thrust into the political spotlight Thrust into the political spotlight

The Met’s revival of Turandot on Saturday night was surprisingly contentious.

on May 01, 2022 at 9:54 AM
Grand passion Grand passion

Reunited and it feels so good!

on May 01, 2022 at 8:27 AM
The end of this play isn’t written The end of this play isn’t written

“We came through the Depression by the skin of our teeth! One more tight squeeze like that and where will we be?”

on April 26, 2022 at 11:15 AM
Between the sheets Between the sheets

Ms. Damrau unleashed a Blitzkrieg of charm upon her audience.

on April 26, 2022 at 10:17 AM
Making her garden grown Making her garden grown

Joyce DiDonato admits that she is “a problem solver, a dreamer, and—yes I’m a belligerent optimist.”

on April 25, 2022 at 11:59 AM
Stained class Stained class

With no disrespect to Nadine Sierra, who as Lucia acquits herself honorably if not magically in vocal terms, the undisputed cause célèbre here is director Simon Stone.

on April 24, 2022 at 11:38 AM