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The help

I’m sure I’m not the first to say it, but thank God for Kelli O’Hara. At this point the Broadway veteran and Lincoln Center darling is becoming a national treasure. And as Despina in the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Così fan tutte, she makes her case, injecting much needed vitality into an otherwise lethargic evening.  Read more »

A hole in the Hedda

Hopper“Hopper’s Wife, a chamber opera with music by Stewart Wallace set to an obscenity-strewn text by Michael Korie, turned out to be the most unpleasant piece as I’ve heard since NYCO’s notorious fiasco The Dreyfus Affair, two decades ago.” (Dido and Aeneas, on the other hand, was mighty fine!) [Observer]

Give my regards to Carthage

DIdo O'HaraWhen MasterVoices announced that it would be doing a semi-staging of Dido and Aeneas starring Broadway divas and frequent collaborators Kelli O’Hara and Victoria Clark, it seemed a screwy idea at best. However, Thursday’s premiere at City Center turned out to be an occasionally bumpy, surprisingly touching presentation of Purcell’s masterpiece made special by O’Hara’s beautifully restrained and glowingly sung queen of Carthage.  Read more »