General, not specific General, not specific

While Russell Thomas admirably goes toe to toe with Otello (and Otello) in a thoughtful and self-aware way, the assumption feels like a work in progress if not an outright mismatch with his vocal gifts.

on November 07, 2019 at 12:39 PM
She too She too

Like most directors of this opera this century, David Alden is keen to outline the helplessness of women in the face of 19th century patriarchy.

on October 31, 2018 at 10:35 AM
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
And the 2013 Pubies go to… And the 2013 Pubies go to…

One startling upset catches the eye among the many winners (if that is the word) of the 2013 Parterre Box Awards.

on May 20, 2013 at 8:51 PM
Why, oh why? Why, oh why?

“Alden Drops the Ballo: His Milquetoast Take on Verdi’s Classic Fizzles at the Met”

on November 14, 2012 at 10:20 AM
Swedish frisson Swedish frisson

Last week’s freak nor’easter set the tone for Thursday’s chilly new production of Un Ballo in Maschera at the Met.

on November 11, 2012 at 11:15 PM
The man in the ironic mask The man in the ironic mask

The realization of the opera Un ballo in maschera by Verdi and the librettist Antonio Somma is almost as famous as the opera itself.

on November 09, 2012 at 9:56 PM
The man behind the mask The man behind the mask

Recently your doyenne engaged in an email-based interview with David Alden, director of the Met’s new production of Un ballo in maschera, opening on Thursday.

on November 04, 2012 at 2:58 AM
I had a dream I had a dream

And in this dream, WQXR’s Operavore was hosting an exclusive season preview for the Met at the charming downtown Greene Space.

on October 01, 2012 at 2:40 PM
Medium and rare Medium and rare

“Considering one of the season’s star singers is a plus-size female impersonator, opera this fall is anything but a drag.”

on September 17, 2012 at 9:03 AM
Closet drama Closet drama

I have a confession to make about Britten’s opera Billy Budd: I don’t like it very much.”

on July 04, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Don’t drop the Regie Don’t drop the Regie

Our most recent Regie quiz yielded lots of guesses from the cher public, many of them very clever indeed.

on April 25, 2012 at 8:14 PM