Decadent genealogies Decadent genealogies

Arnold Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder and Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot are, in their different ways, the final decadent flowering of a musical tradition at its twilight.

on April 05, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Last dance Last dance

If it is true that there are few respectable ways for people over 40 without small children to celebrate Halloween, a performance of Richard Strauss’ pioneering horror opera Elektra belongs on the short list.

on November 02, 2022 at 10:52 AM
Consistently enthralling Consistently enthralling

To conclude its triumphant season, last week the Met Orchestra performed its annual Carnegie Hall concerts under music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and once again performed superbly.

on June 20, 2022 at 12:51 PM
Our god is an awesome god Our god is an awesome god

Our Own Henson Keys will make his opera debut in the role of Wotan in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Twilight: Gods, directed by Yuval Sharon and starring Christine Goerke.

on April 07, 2021 at 4:51 PM
Was ist’s mit den ewigen Göttern? Was ist’s mit den ewigen Göttern?

Christine Goerke‘s Bayreuth debut has been canceled.

on February 28, 2020 at 2:07 PM
Tristan und Isolde Tristan und Isolde

Christine Goerke and Stephen Gould sing the second act of Wagner’s masterpiece under the baton of Gianandrea Noseda.

on November 15, 2019 at 2:26 PM
Perfect is the enemy of the good Perfect is the enemy of the good

So I just got out of the Lohengrin prima at the ROH and I’m itching to share my thoughts.

on June 07, 2018 at 10:23 PM
Trauermarsch Trauermarsch

I can scarcely remember a performance where so many conflicting thoughts raced through my mind as happened Thursday night during the Met Orchestra’s “bleeding chunks” of Wagner’s Ring at Carnegie Hall.

on May 27, 2016 at 2:33 PM
Special guest Heldenreizerin Special guest Heldenreizerin

WNO’s first complete Ring Cycle continued Monday evening with a revamped version of the Die Walküre first seen at the Kennedy Center in 2007.

on May 04, 2016 at 1:03 PM
Nun zäume dein Ross Nun zäume dein Ross

Christine Goerke will sing the role of Brünnhilde in the Monday, May 2 performance of The Valkyrie at WNO.

on May 02, 2016 at 10:30 AM
“I will applaud your discretion when you leave” “I will applaud your discretion when you leave”

There was a bit of a foofaraw over on Facebook yesterday involving two of your doyenne’s favorite people, in alphabetical order Christine Goerke and Norman Lebrecht.

on February 11, 2016 at 12:18 AM
Sag, welch wunderbare Träume Sag, welch wunderbare Träume

First seen in 2005, Siegfried makes a welcome return as a stand-alone production this season.

on February 03, 2016 at 12:31 PM
Barton glances Barton glances

The annual Richard Tucker Gala is probably the event of the year to indulge your love of verismo staples and can belto screaming.

on November 02, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Aged in blood Aged in blood

Simply put, Christine Goerke is a stupendous Elektra.

on October 22, 2015 at 10:15 AM
Man of steel Man of steel

“This throwback to the golden age of opera—superhuman singing greeted with frenzied ovations—was a function of a perfect storm of excitement.”

on September 30, 2015 at 2:38 PM
The unanswered question The unanswered question

Would exciting American dramatic soprano Christine Goerke be the next great ice-princess we have been waiting for?

on September 24, 2015 at 10:50 AM
“I meant to do that” “I meant to do that”

What does rankle your doyenne is the “Special Freddie” awarded to Christine Goerke, whose response is, well, perhaps a trifle less than completely ingenuous.

on December 23, 2014 at 11:08 AM
Barn yesterday Barn yesterday

Christine Goerke is the Prima Donna in this scene from Francesca Zambello‘s Glimmerglass production of Ariadne auf Upstate New York, and Did I Mention That the Komponist is a Dyke?

on July 24, 2014 at 5:38 PM
The Met: What is to be done? The Met: What is to be done?

Coming as Peter Gelb did from the music industry, opera lovers hoped that he would display a more distinctive knack for casting and an improved talent pipeline than Joe Volpe offered during the waning years of his tenure.

on April 15, 2014 at 1:24 AM
Busting out Busting out

June Anderson will make the transition into the “Anne Revere” segment of her career next summer when she sings the role of Elvira Griffiths in Tobias Picker‘s An American Tragedy at the Glimmerglass Festival.

on June 20, 2013 at 10:25 AM