Sisters are doing it for themselves Sisters are doing it for themselves

Pauline Viardot‘s Cendrillon hews closer to the Perrault original than either Rossini or Massenet’s more familiar retellings and is dainty in conception as a salon opera for her students.

on July 21, 2021 at 11:25 AM
War! What is it good for? War! What is it good for?

The crown jewel of this year’s Munich Festival is undoubtedly Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, which opened the Festival on June 29 and will close the Festival with an “Opera for All” screening on July 31.

on July 19, 2021 at 11:49 AM
Joust in time Joust in time

Zachary James builds on his early career experience as a musical theater performer to deliver a thoughtfully crafted, blessedly restrained Quixote/Cervantes.

on July 09, 2021 at 1:00 PM
Headless “Girl” in a topless bar Headless “Girl” in a topless bar

Today’s listener has heard the scores of the classic Westerns that borrowed from Puccini (and Wagner!) to create the sound of the myth of the West.

on June 28, 2021 at 10:00 AM
Her kind of woman Her kind of woman

Plucked from obscurity by Howard Hughes and sold to the public as a buxom, brunette heir apparent to his former protégé, Jean Harlow, Jane Russell became a household name before she ever shot a single reel of film.

on June 24, 2021 at 12:00 PM
Love letters Love letters

March 2, 2020 – June 18, 2021: Those 15 months were the longest I’ve gone without attending a live opera performance since high school.

on June 23, 2021 at 11:37 AM
Selling the drama Selling the drama

Though the formal recorded aria recital is the ultimate calling card of an artist, the invitation to the spectator to receive, listen, and critically behold of the offerings (on fire or burnt), they are but a souvenir and there are a few drawbacks inherent with the presentation.

on June 22, 2021 at 12:14 PM
Crossroads Crossroads

When LA Opera finally decided to put a toe in the water and mount its first production since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, it was Igor Stravinsky‘s opera/oratorio Oedipus Rex.

on June 21, 2021 at 1:02 PM
Skyscrapers marching on Skyscrapers marching on

If you have not been following the exploits of Teatro Grattacielo during lockdown, it’s not because they haven’t been exploitatory all over the place.

on June 21, 2021 at 11:47 AM
Telling the world we are not invisible Telling the world we are not invisible

Director Jon M. Chu’s film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights has come around at exactly the right moment.

on June 14, 2021 at 8:54 AM
Awaiting faith Awaiting faith

Faith. The title of this fourth and final chapter of Adam Guettel’s Myths and Hymns made me pause for reflection.

on May 30, 2021 at 1:56 PM
Ladies of Spain Ladies of Spain

I’ve enjoyed these streamed recitals, warts and all, and always appreciate the chance to watch performers let their hair down, so to speak.

on May 22, 2021 at 5:09 PM
The Zoom Generation The Zoom Generation

The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions were one of the last events I attended in person in 2020. Now, one year on, the competition has returned, this time in an online format, and this time with an entirely new name: The Metropolitan Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition, after the event’s new sponsors.

on May 19, 2021 at 10:01 AM
Maddalena scene Maddalena scene

This solid if not stellar performance finds our diva in particularly passionate form. Maybe they should have re-titled it Maddalena?

on May 10, 2021 at 9:00 AM
Shade in the shadow Shade in the shadow

Ombra Compagna, out today on Pentatone, spotlights Lisette Oropesa  in 10 of Mozart’s most challenging concert arias accompanied by Il Pomo d’Oro conducted by Antonello Manacorda.

on May 07, 2021 at 9:00 AM
The ‘Drama’ you’ve been craving The ‘Drama’ you’ve been craving

Opera is back, baby, and it’s good to be home!

on May 06, 2021 at 3:34 PM
Shark in a tent Shark in a tent

The great Dalai Lama once said, “whenever there is a challenge, there is also an opportunity to face it, to demonstrate and develop our will and determination.”

on May 02, 2021 at 9:00 AM
Myth me blind Myth me blind

“Spring has sprung,” announces MasterVoices’ director Ted Sperling with a smile at the beginning of Part III. And indeed, even the doomsayers among us (and I count myself one) can’t help but feel signs of cautious optimism, as the world we knew slowly but noticeably begins to re-emerge.

on April 23, 2021 at 4:07 PM
We’ll always have Paris We’ll always have Paris

If you missed Amour during its Broadway premiere 19 years ago, you’re not alone.

on April 03, 2021 at 1:53 PM
I’ll have to say I love you in a song I’ll have to say I love you in a song

Starting March 19, Vocal Arts DC’s latest virtual concert lavishes listeners with a sumptuous recital of art songs from the Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen.

on March 19, 2021 at 9:30 AM
Don’t you forget about me Don’t you forget about me

HERE’s new radio opera marks itself out by leaning into the dramatic affordances of the audio-only format in No One is Forgotten, an adaptation of a play by Winter Miller with new music by Paola Prestini and Sxip Shirey.

on March 08, 2021 at 3:00 PM
Fascinating but frustrating Fascinating but frustrating

Now, through the auspices of the Metropolitan Opera, we have Sonya Yoncheva—and if anything, the diva-dom has been kicked up a notch!

on February 27, 2021 at 4:28 PM
Gold dust Minnie Gold dust Minnie

Giacomo Puccini’s La fanciulla del West may have its detractors (Stravinsky referred to it as a “horse-opera’) but you will not find me among them.

on February 23, 2021 at 2:21 PM
Forging forward, instruments in hand Forging forward, instruments in hand

Whatever you think of Angela Gheorghiu, she epitomizes a star sound, the kind of voice that’s recognizable within three seconds, and she definitely knows her way around a performance.

on February 23, 2021 at 10:00 AM