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The good, the bad and the Haydn

Susan GrahamThe transgressive filmmaker John Waters writes in his book Shock Value: “there is such a thing as good bad taste and bad bad taste.” Personally, I fancy myself a connoisseur of good bad taste; and, in a striking program at Carnegie Hall last night, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL), with guest vocalist Susan Graham, brought together a wide array of musical proclivities—good and good bad taste alike.  Read more »

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“Little did New York City Opera know when they cast Laquita Mitchell in the lead role of ‘La Traviata’ (‘The Fallen Woman’) the significance it would have on the company’s opening performance on Sunday afternoon at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Less than 24 hours after the death of pop-star Whitney Houston, the color-blind casting of Violetta Valery — a woman done in by a combination of good looks, notoriety and ill-advised love — gave the 159-year old opera a jolt of relevance.”