Blow a kiss, take a bough Blow a kiss, take a bough

Richard Strauss’s many one-act operas make excellent concert programs, both for their length (usually under two hours) and the primary place each gives the orchestration, a specialty where Strauss’s brilliance seldom deserted him.

on July 16, 2015 at 12:38 PM
Notes on camp Notes on camp

Zofia Posmysz spent two years as a prisoner in Auschwitz—and she’s still alive and standing pretty tall, in New York for the Lincoln Center Festival God bless her.

on July 12, 2014 at 12:29 PM
Blind item Blind item

If you’re a hard-core opera buff who finds the Met’s flashy sets and costumes distracting, have I got a show for you!

on July 11, 2013 at 12:02 AM
Monkey business Monkey business

East is West and West is East—the border ever less easy to fix.

on July 10, 2013 at 4:41 PM
Joy cometh in the mourning Joy cometh in the mourning

Is the threnody, the lament over a beloved corpse, the oldest form of song? Surely it is among the oldest; one of the most widespread and stylistically various, millennia before opera was devised.

on July 21, 2012 at 5:54 PM
Mind over matter Mind over matter

“Scientist, lover, gambler, unwed mother — the 1700s French intellectual Émilie du Châtelet was all these and more.”

on July 21, 2012 at 12:40 AM