Where’s the fire? 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.”

on October 14, 2015 at 9:47 AM
Man of steel 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.”

on September 30, 2015 at 2:38 PM
He-who-must-be-obeyed He-who-must-be-obeyed

Read and heed!

on September 17, 2015 at 9:05 AM
Summer nights Summer nights

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

on September 02, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Guilt trip Guilt trip

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

on July 22, 2015 at 1:51 PM
Bum’s rush Bum’s rush

Our Own JJ reviews Orlando and Early Shaker Spirituals in the Observer.

on May 07, 2015 at 2:42 AM
Ham and ex Ham and ex

Our Own JJ was only semi-amused.

on April 27, 2015 at 9:45 AM
Time and again I would try to say Time and again I would try to say

Our own publisher and New York Observer scribe Julie Jordan James Jorden plays pundit again for WQXR’s “Conducting Business.”

on April 16, 2015 at 10:44 AM
Sometimes just pretzels and beer Sometimes just pretzels and beer

Our Own JJ crunches the numbers at the Met and LoftOpera in the New York Observer.

on April 08, 2015 at 9:30 AM
The kids are not all right The kids are not all right

“’They’re young… they’re in love… and they kill people’ goes the tagline for the 1968 film Bonnie and Clyde, but the slogan could apply almost as well to the outlaw pair at the center of the Metropolitan Opera’s white-hot revival of Massenet’s Manon.”

on March 18, 2015 at 9:14 AM
Dongs of mirth and triumph sing! Dongs of mirth and triumph sing!

Donkey dick and other Asian Fusion vaudeville acts arouse “The BAM Effect” at Handel’s Semele.

on March 11, 2015 at 12:14 PM
“The cold bothered me, anyway” “The cold bothered me, anyway”

“It was the chilliest opening night at the Met in years on Monday—barely 15 degrees when the curtain went up on the company premiere of La Donna del Lago.

on February 19, 2015 at 7:37 PM
Singular sensation Singular sensation

“If Mozart had only had the sense to write Don Giovanni in a… single-performer format, last Wednesday’s revival at the Met would have been one for the ages.

on February 11, 2015 at 1:35 PM
For your eyes only For your eyes only

“Don’t bother with The Loft or The Boy Next Door: the most spine-chilling thriller currently playing isn’t on the screen of your local multiplex but on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera.”

on February 04, 2015 at 9:46 AM
Shortlisted Shortlisted

I expected something lovely, but what I beheld was nothing short of magnificent.

on January 21, 2015 at 10:37 AM
Boys and girls, not together Boys and girls, not together

It’s particularly bewildering that before 2013 there was no such thing as the Prototype Festival.

on January 14, 2015 at 2:08 PM
Floperetta Floperetta

>”Ghastly!” — New York Observer

on January 07, 2015 at 11:45 AM
It’s complicated It’s complicated

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is a problematic opera—or, rather, it is an opera that has, in the last century or so, become problematic.

on December 10, 2014 at 1:04 PM
Rossini crescendo Rossini crescendo

Sooner or later, Our Own JJ gets around to discussing the Met’s Barbiere di Siviglia and Juilliard’s Turco in Italia in this week’s New York Observer.

on November 26, 2014 at 10:53 AM
Rolling along Rolling along

Show Boat continues to communicate, even in the less than perfect circumstances of this latest revival.

on November 12, 2014 at 10:36 AM
Mourning in America Mourning in America

“Taken by itself, the St. Matthew Passion felt a little mundane. But compared to Zauberflöte, it could have been the Second Coming.”

on October 15, 2014 at 1:00 PM
Wedding bell blues Wedding bell blues

“So it’s twice as disappointing that Monday night’s performance of the Mozart masterpiece turned into a four-hour fizzle.”

on September 24, 2014 at 11:23 AM
Chorus of the exiled protesters Chorus of the exiled protesters

“I applaud the Klinghoffer protesters for voicing their opinions, but that doesn’t stop me from saying that I find those opinions ill-informed, inept and downright dangerous.”

on September 23, 2014 at 10:39 PM
Tiara in the aisles Tiara in the aisles

Our Own JJ (pictured) is off to cover the Met’s opening night.

on September 22, 2014 at 4:14 PM