Orientalism alive and well on the Upper West Side Orientalism alive and well on the Upper West Side

“Based on two Noh plays, the hypnotic work creates a shimmering world of supernatural encounters…”

on June 19, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Word problem Word problem

I’ve been picking away yet again at the mysterious symbiosis between an opera’s words and its music.

on December 01, 2017 at 9:00 AM
Deeds of kindness to review Deeds of kindness to review

For decades thousands and thousands have attended Handel’s Messiah (usually around Christmas or more appropriately near Easter) making it easily one of the most widely known works of classical music.

on June 02, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Winners of the seventh annual F. Paul Driscoll Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence, or, as they are colloquially known, the Opera News Awards, have been announced. Accepting the coveted “Effies” on Sunday, April 29 at The Plaza in New York City will be sopranos Karita Mattila and Anja Silja, baritones Dmitri…

on August 02, 2011 at 10:18 AM

Among symbolic classical tropes, one of my favorites (perhaps because only another classicist will understand it) is Nessus’ Shirt, an emblem of glory (a promotion, say, or an expensive luxury) that destroys you.

on March 10, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Of all places, NY1’s “Inside City Hall” is the setting for an opera roundtable  tonight when John Adams, Peter Sellars, James Maddalena, and Peter Gelb appear on the program to discuss the impending premiere of Nixon in China at the Met. “Inside City Hall” airs at 7 p.m. tonight with a special edition after the…

on January 25, 2011 at 1:50 PM