Something close to cultishness Something close to cultishness

Over the course of 700 pages, Alex Ross exhaustively—and sometimes exhaustingly—examines an impact that began in the Wagner’s own lifetime and continues unbroken today, with references cropping up in contemporary works as different as The Matrix and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

on September 14, 2020 at 1:18 PM
All the feels All the feels

“And as I thought about it, I couldn’t help wondering: when did Alex Ross become Carrie Bradshaw?”

on August 14, 2018 at 12:25 PM
Alex’s case Alex’s case

Has “opera-queen culture” really burned out?

on July 27, 2017 at 11:11 AM
Queer canard Queer canard

“That [Tchaikovsky] committed suicide cannot be doubted, but what precipitated this suicide has not been conclusively established…”

on September 20, 2013 at 11:01 AM
Mein Ross! Sei mir gegrüsst! Mein Ross! Sei mir gegrüsst!

“Pound for pound, ton for ton, it is the most witless and wasteful production in modern operatic history.”

on March 05, 2012 at 10:11 AM

UPDATE: Philip Glass emerged from the Met tonight to read to the General Assembly (via mic check) the final lines from Satyagraha: “When righteousness/ Withers away/ And evil / Rules the Land /We come into being /Age after age/ And take visible shape /And move / A man among men/ For the protection/ Of good…

on December 01, 2011 at 11:04 PM

La Cieca (left) is delighted to congratulate dear Alex Ross (right), whose little column The Rest is Noise has been named #1 among Classical Music blogs, according to blogrank.  In other family news, Our Own JJ (not pictured) reviews Caramoor’s Guillaume Tell in today’s New York Post.

on July 11, 2011 at 11:03 AM

“Perhaps we’ve seen too many commercials with toffs in penguin suits to accept the fact that operagoers are, in fact, a motley middle-class lot. And the Wagner audience is the motliest of all — emeritus professors sit side by side with Ring-loving schoolteachers, fanatic record collectors, neophyte opera mavens and that woman wearing a Valkyrie…

on September 26, 2010 at 3:50 PM

Dear Alex Ross (though he sure as hell didn’t like it) is not quite ready to join the “sky is falling” chorus. Opera being a delightfully paradoxical medium, this whole debacle left me in an upbeat mood. The Met is refusing to repeat itself and is seeking, by trial and error, a new theatrical identity.…

on September 28, 2009 at 8:06 AM

La Cieca wants to give a quick “shout-out” (as the youngsters say, they tell me) to “critic, novelist and record-store clerk” Daniel Stephen Johnson, who on top of all that is not only one of our newest and nicest commenters, but a smart and sassy blogger in his own right. He writes somewhat in the…

on January 14, 2009 at 7:42 PM