Cher Public

There is nothing you can take to relieve this pleasant ache

“There is a water sprite (called a merman by the Juilliard), a witch and other flora and fauna of Czech folklore.” [New York Times]

Nuns, but the lonely heart…

oryLa Cieca though you might be amused, or at least bemused, by a few published reactions to LoftOpera.  Read more »

Beyond the forest

Ordinarily if La Cieca assigned me an opera revolving around chastity vows, adultery, slut-shaming, lesbianism, transvestism and much more I’d grit my teeth and head for a grim new work at, say, National Sawdust in Williamsburg. Instead, Sunday afternoon found me at Juilliard Opera for a 365-year-old comedy: Cavalli and Faustini’s delicious La Calisto in a superbly imaginative mounting by young director-choreographer Zack WinokurRead more »

Get happy

Lincoln Center hosted two milestones this week: on Wednesday, The Juilliard School produced a gripping production of Handel’s Radamisto incorporating into an opera for the first time its much-heralded original-instrument orchestra Juilliard 415, while the following night saw choreographer Mark Morris’s radiant setting of Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato returning to celebrate its 25th anniversary as part of the White Light Festival.   Read more »

A pocket full of meta

“Rumors were that an ‘Occupy’-something group would disrupt Wednesday night’s US premiere of Kommilitonen! But the Juilliard Opera performance went off without offstage fireworks, and proved to be a well-crafted and moving meditation on student activism.” [New York Post] (Photo: Nan Melville)

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