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The kiss we never dared we’ll dare in dreaming

Forget starry Neverland: if you’ve ever wondered what the Lost Boys’ abode might look like lined with mermaids, shopping carts, and unpeeled potatoes, look no further than Bard College’s Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, where Christopher Alden’s new production of Peter Pan debuted last month for a three-week run ending July 22.  Read more »

Dramatic ARC

One trend of summer 2017 must be Brooklyn does baroque! Following LoftOpera’s muddled Stabat Mater of Pergolesi, Wednesday brought Christopher Alden’s grimly dark and violent take on Handel’s Aci, Galatea e Polifemo at National Sawdust. Neither of these works was written to be staged but the latter production worked infinitely better both dramatically and musically.  Read more »

Top hatters

When Mike Nichols was honored at the Kennedy Center, Elaine May said of his work: “Mike has chosen to do things that are really meaningful, and that have real impact, and real relevance, but he makes them so entertaining and exciting that they’re as much fun as if they were trash.” Christopher Alden has pulled the same bit of trickery at the San Francisco Opera with a production of Handel’s Partenope that is so erudite and theatrically audacious and also such a rollicking ride, it’s hard to believe it isn’t crap.   Read more »

Ogni Cura

“Ogni Cura si doni al diletto / E s’accorra nel magico petto,” the joke went back in the late ’90s. What wags we were!

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Photo: Robert Workman/ENO

Present prescriptive

“Director Christopher Alden destroys everything Strauss’s operetta stands for”

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Plus qu’un peu grise

To close its season this week, New York City Opera is unleashing hurricane-force gales of laughter.

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Neuzheli nikto o detiakh ne zabotitsja?!

Russian children’s ombudsman Pavel Astakhov called upon the newly appointed culture minister to check a Russian-British opera production for sex and drug scenes.

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Boy meets ghoul

Now New York City Opera has given us a “Così Fan Tutte” starring the undead.

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