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Next to Norman

She may not be Leontyne Price, or even have come of age in time to launch Lincoln Center, but Jessye Norman is without question one of the century’s great sopranos. 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 »

But is it an artful paradox?

When I entered the small, unique performance space at National Sawdust, I found a bunch of people just sitting around. The chairs had been arranged in a haphazard way, instead of the linear and unilateral manner that one expects from a traditional auditorium.  Read more »

Hillary speaks!

Glenn Roven‘s concert piece based on two of Hillary Clinton’s speeches (and sung by everyone you ever heard of) will premiere at noon today in the form of a film shown at National Sawdust and streamed on the music venue’s href=””>acebook page.

In harem’s way

Othello in the Seraglio is the rather unfortunate title bestowed by the ensemble Dünya on its “coffeehouse opera,” ossia The Tragedy of Sümbül the Black Eunuch.

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If looks could kill

What is an Orphic moment? A song so sweet that even Hades must release the dead back to the living?

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