Cher Public

Where’s the fire?

“Everyone complains about how there is no great singing in opera anymore, but last week’s performances suggest that’s not so. The singing today is mostly fine; it’s everything else that’s the problem.” Our Own JJ was a little underwhelmed by both Tannhäuser and The Bonfire of the Vanities. [New York Observer]

The cat didn’t come back

“Along with every other music journalist in New York, I was blindsided by this news. If ever there was a company that appeared the picture of fiscal and artistic good health, it was Gotham.” [New York Observer]

Man of steel

“This throwback to the golden age of opera—superhuman singing greeted with frenzied ovations—was a function of a perfect storm of excitement: a performance of Verdi’s 1853 spellbinder to rank with one’s rosiest recollections of past glories, in combination with a poignant human story that left both cast and audience dissolved in tears.” [New York Observer]

He-who-must-be-obeyed

Read and heed!

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Summer nights

“Those kids in Bushwick have this opera thing figured out.”

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Guilt trip

Part of what makes opera seem, at least, a camp art form is that fans of the genre have such inconsistent taste.

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Mixed messages

For instance, the mule is more intelligent and more patient than its parents the horse and the donkey.

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Up to speed

“New York is great. Opera is great. They deserve each other. So what can we do to get them together? Who can show us how it’s done? We need to ask the Germans.”

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