“I wish I could say I was sorry!” “I wish I could say I was sorry!”

James Levine is trying to discredit one of his alleged victims by dredging up a ‘love’ letter his teen accuser once wrote to him.”

on June 17, 2018 at 7:56 PM
Good evening, ladies and germs Good evening, ladies and germs

“Renée: ‘It’s a comedy, a farce, and I’ve become addicted to making people laugh’.”

on March 31, 2015 at 7:22 AM
Running, jumping, or burning Gaul Running, jumping, or burning Gaul

Far be it from me to join the Schadenfreudian chorus of “Bye, Bye, Berti!” you may have been hearing in certain quarters, but the first thing I am duty-bound to report about San Francisco Opera’s Norma (of which three performances remain) is that they’ve hit the jackpot, coverwise.

on September 21, 2014 at 2:57 AM
Golden “Boys” Golden “Boys”

Who knows what to expect from an opera about the Internet?

on October 23, 2013 at 5:10 AM
The private life of implants The private life of implants

“The queen of tabloid TV arrived at BAM Tuesday night in Anna Nicole, an opera brimming with wit and good taste. In other words, they got Anna Nicole all wrong.”

on September 19, 2013 at 9:37 AM
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 do Monkey do

Opening last night, the most buzzed-about show at the Lincoln Center Festival was inspired by a 16th-century Chinese folk tale of a sassy Monkey, who uses his magic powers and awesome kung fu skills to retrieve holy scriptures from India.

on July 10, 2013 at 8:31 AM
Man in chair Man in chair

The question on everyone’s lips at Carnegie Hall was, “Is Jimmy back in form?”

on May 21, 2013 at 9:43 AM
Miss Firecracker Miss Firecracker

Just like the pyrotechnics the heroine of The Firework Maker’s Daughter longs to create, this new opera for children is a delightful, low-tech throwback to a time before CGI took over the world.

on May 06, 2013 at 11:17 PM
Headless nuns in starless cast Headless nuns in starless cast

The most sensuous sounds at the Met this week come from an opera with nary a love duet.

on May 05, 2013 at 11:33 PM
Fox news Fox news

In Leos Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, the heroine is shot and skinned for her fur.

on April 29, 2013 at 11:24 PM
Love is only love Love is only love

Of the two love stories that unfolded at David et Jonathas Wednesday night, it’s hard to say which was more moving.

on April 19, 2013 at 2:25 AM
The subject was Moses The subject was Moses

Like the Israelites who cross the Red Sea in Moses in Egypt, New York City Opera has a long, hard road ahead of it.

on April 16, 2013 at 12:08 AM
Young man with a horn Young man with a horn

Ring a ding ding! There’s a new Duke in town, and he’s jolting the Met’s Rigoletto with enough electricity to light up the Las Vegas Strip.

on April 14, 2013 at 11:25 PM
Nel tuo seno, amico sassone Nel tuo seno, amico sassone

Bollywood dance numbers, kung fu fighting, simulated nudity — and rock-solid musical values — added up to a sterling Giulio Cesare at at the Met.

on April 07, 2013 at 11:26 PM
Mousecapades Mousecapades

Our Own JJ (not pictured) just came running into the parterre offices wild-eyed with excitement.

on March 27, 2013 at 4:48 PM
Faustian, but no bargain Faustian, but no bargain

“The spring season at the Met is as changeable as March weather in New York: crisp and brilliant for a day or two, and then suddenly as dismal as Thursday night’s Faust.”

on March 24, 2013 at 11:17 PM
Emperor of the perverse Emperor of the perverse

Short as Roman emperor Eliogabalo’s reign was, the world sighed in relief when it was over.

on March 18, 2013 at 11:36 PM
Bright young thing Bright young thing

Thursday’s Met performance of the Verdi tearjerker featured a major find: Diana Damrau, who, in her first outing as Violetta, mesmerized with her gleaming soprano and ferocious acting.

on March 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM
Excess d’estime Excess d’estime

It’s not often operagoers leave humming the scenery, but that was the case Monday, when the Met hauled out Riccardo Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini from the vault.

on March 07, 2013 at 11:12 PM
The use of wond’rin’ The use of wond’rin’

With Wednesday’s stellar staging of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, the New York Philharmonic joyously put the ‘music’ back into the Broadway musical.

on February 28, 2013 at 11:23 PM
Miles to go Miles to go

When is good enough not quite good enough?

on February 25, 2013 at 11:44 PM
O fatal “Don” O fatal “Don”

The Met’s performance of Don Carlo Friday night was a tragedy, but not for the reason Verdi intended.

on February 25, 2013 at 12:51 AM
Double digits Double digits

Promiscuous — it’s not a pretty word. But when a matron in black underwear cavorts with two dozen naked hunks, what else can you call her?

on February 19, 2013 at 12:37 AM