review / performance

She dreamed a dream She dreamed a dream

Kurt Weill, Ira Gershwin, and Moss Hart’s 1941 musical Lady in the Dark is a psychoanalytical romantic comedy. It simultaneously mocks and takes seriously the power of looking inward  to understand oneself, a process which can be silly, frustrating and life-changing in turn.

on February 01, 2023 at 12:15 PM
Sleek, unstoppable, electrifying Sleek, unstoppable, electrifying

For me, Fedora is the perfect opera

on January 30, 2023 at 11:46 AM
Trapped Trapped

What happens when you attend a performance and it doesn’t engage you? 

on January 24, 2023 at 11:51 AM
Natural woman Natural woman

Joyce DiDonato’s Eden immerses listeners within a centuries-spanning musical meditation that channels the majesty of our natural world.

on January 23, 2023 at 9:51 AM
Between two mirrors Between two mirrors

Shortly before Tuesday’s performance of Salome at La Scala, I did something I rarely do: I took a mirror selfie.

on January 20, 2023 at 1:29 PM
Pragmatism and ideology Pragmatism and ideology

It doesn’t get more classic than John Dexter‘s Dialogues des Carmélites.

on January 17, 2023 at 9:50 AM
‘Elisir’ not quite ‘rara qualita’ ‘Elisir’ not quite ‘rara qualita’

On paper, the Met’s revival of L’elisir d’amore looked like a lovely evening.  And at times it was—a few scenes hinted at what it could be and what it might yet become.

on January 13, 2023 at 9:00 AM
The world is treating me bad The world is treating me bad

We constantly wonder whether the young man will embrace him—or slit his throat.

on January 10, 2023 at 1:36 PM
Dad flawed Dad flawed

Du Yun is the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer of Angel’s Bone. Her new opera, In Our Daughter’s Eyes, a one-act monodrama for bass-baritone and an orchestra of six, opened the current tenth Prototype Festival, in a performance at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, starring erstwhile Met regular Nathan Gunn.

on January 10, 2023 at 1:18 PM
How stable everything appears How stable everything appears

Plink. A marble drops into a bowl. A brief yelp from glass, and a dozen, a hundred, a thousand years pass. Eventually the bowl is full of marbles, each one a tiny globe.

on January 09, 2023 at 5:37 AM
A jewel, despite the setting A jewel, despite the setting

The first time I heard of Ermonela Jaho it was as the ultimate understudy.  In the aughts it seemed that every time Angela Gheorghiu or Anna Netrebko or whoever canceled, Jaho was standing by.

on January 08, 2023 at 8:08 AM
Poison of interest Poison of interest

Following new productions of Tosca in 2017, Adriana Lecouvreur in 2018, and the Anna Netrebko-led Puccini orgy of 2019, New Year’s Eve at the Met has come to signify that verismo, as this school tends to be known, is still kicking.

on January 02, 2023 at 9:00 AM
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
The fuzzy end of the lollipop The fuzzy end of the lollipop

That Some Like It Hot—this season’s high budget and high-profile Broadway musical—fizzles rather than sizzles is not only a disappointment, but also a bit of surprise.

on December 16, 2022 at 1:57 PM