review / performance

Divine mother Divine mother

What does it mean to be a “gender transcendent diva?”

on March 01, 2024 at 10:00 AM
Sack of Rome Sack of Rome

Finding Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia on the Academy of Vocal Arts calendar was both a pleasure and something of a surprise—the latter because the work is far from central repertoire, even in a conservatory.

on March 01, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Destiny’s child Destiny’s child

While you may need to bring along your Dramamine, the Met’s new production of La forza del destino, does—eventually—spin fast enough to achieve escape velocity.

on February 28, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Small but mighty Small but mighty

One of the first things James Conlon did when he took over the reins as Music Director of LA Opera was create the “Recovered Voices” project, producing operas that had been suppressed by the Nazis.

on February 27, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Private tudoring Private tudoring

Anna Bolena is one of the many works by Donizetti which, after their modern recovery in the second part of the last century, have both never fully left the stage while simultaneously never becoming a repertoire staple Lucia di Lammermoor or L’elisir d’amore.

on February 23, 2024 at 9:00 AM
London calling London calling

I watched the finals for this year’s George and Nora London Foundation competition and would like to offer, if not a traditional review, a brief roundup of who I found exceptionally watchable and whom I think you, dear parterre boxers, should watch out for in the next few years.

on February 21, 2024 at 10:00 AM
Ceaseless mugging Ceaseless mugging

The phrase “immersive Coffee Cantata experience” evokes being dipped into a giant, boiling vat of java.

on February 21, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Being beauteous Being beauteous

With its sumptuous wood paneling, frescoed ceilings, and various Gilded Age trappings, the Park Avenue Armory’sBoard of Officers Room certainly is not a bad place to spend Valentine’s Day—even better when it plays host to equally sumptuous music-making.

on February 20, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Park and “Bark” Park and “Bark”

Taylor Mac isn’t known for being short-winded.

on February 14, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Opening doors Opening doors

Real estate is hot along the Acela corridor right now: as proof, Judith will have toured at least three castles in New York and Boston between this spring and last.

on February 12, 2024 at 10:00 AM
Don’t you forget about me Don’t you forget about me

It seemed like such a great idea on paper.

on February 08, 2024 at 9:00 AM
If you remember, then follow If you remember, then follow

How many hours of our lives are spent looking back?

on February 07, 2024 at 10:00 AM
Boxer briefs Boxer briefs

I had some trepidation about attending Terence Blanchard’s opera Champion because the “sport” of boxing has never appealed to me.

on February 06, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Repent for the time is at hand Repent for the time is at hand

Traditional Christianity has always used the threat of dying unabsolved and going to Hell as a tool to get us not only to accept Jesus but also obey the dictates of the Church. Last week in New York, two classical works touched on the theme of repentance and absolution.

on February 05, 2024 at 9:00 AM