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Neither pure nor wise nor good

What better way to mark the passing of the monumental Hal Prince than with a recollection of that nexus at which his and Leonard Bernstein‘s worst work intersected? Read more »

Of two minds

Mezzo Blythe Gaissert, Hannah after in NYCO’s As One.

I wanted to like As One. I really did. This chamber opera, with only one character, two singers, and a string quartet who occasionally serve as a chorus, promises an uplifting, occasionally humorous story of a transgender woman’s journey through dysphoria and isolation to self-acceptance and freedom. While I certainly went on a journey, ultimately, I come with more problems than praise for NYC Opera’s latest installment in its Pride Month programming.  Read more »

“More wait!”

New York City Opera today offered a demi-announcement of half their next season. Read more »

Vo’ farmi più gaia, più fulgida ancora

“City Opera invites you, our fans, to march with the artists who create the operas you love.”

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Musical theater of the absurd

It’s easy to see why Leonard Bernstein’s Candide was a flop when it premiered on Broadway.

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Cuts like a knife

You may wonder what Rachmaninoff’s Aleko and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci have in common.

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A hole in the Hedda

“Hopper’s Wife turned out to be the most unpleasant piece as I’ve heard since NYCO’s notorious fiasco The Dreyfus Affair, two decades ago.”

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Ambizioso spirto, tu sei NYCO

New York City Opera Renaissance certainly seems to have its eyes on the future.

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