Lehman’s terms Lehman’s terms

The Lehman Trilogy had me in its thrall from the moment the lights went up. It’s absolutely spellbinding. That’s not to say I endorse it wholeheartedly, though.

on October 14, 2021 at 9:45 PM
Turandot doesn’t exist Turandot doesn’t exist

It’s back to business as usual at the Met, for better and for worse.

on October 14, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Lady willpower Lady willpower

Hie thee hither to the Lyric Opera House!

on October 05, 2021 at 2:48 PM
Hate-watch Hate-watch

I can’t imagine anyone watching this two-hour schlockfest at home and then dropping $150 for the privilege to see it again, masked and in an uncomfortable chair.

on October 03, 2021 at 2:26 PM
The sonic clash never resolves itself The sonic clash never resolves itself

The cabaret at Saint Ann’s Warehouse delivered frothy fun and a dollop of pathos with Anthony Roth Costanzo and Justin Vivian Bond in Only an Octave Apart.

on September 29, 2021 at 2:26 PM
A wig and a prayer A wig and a prayer

A snarky commentator might dub last night at the Met “Boris of the divo hair flip” but that would do a disservice to a serious, often effective performance of the challenging original version of Mussorgsky’s masterpiece.

on September 29, 2021 at 11:23 AM
Playing with ‘Fire’ Playing with ‘Fire’

With composer Terence Blanchard and librettist Kasi Lemmons‘ incendiary Fire Shut Up in My Bones, the Met makes long overdue history and Will Liverman ascends to superstardom.

on September 28, 2021 at 1:01 PM
The brew that is true The brew that is true

This is an exuberant, uplifting, and joyous Elisir, and, for once, it was actually laugh-out-loud funny.

on September 28, 2021 at 12:30 PM
Real Housewives of Verismo Real Housewives of Verismo

New Camerata Opera is presenting its first staged and indoor program in some time, at “The Muse,” a lofty cabaret space up against a cemetery in Bushwick, and their singers sound like they’ve been champing at the bit for eighteen months and are bursting to vocalize!

on September 24, 2021 at 1:31 PM
Widow’s talk Widow’s talk

Call me Mary Quite Contrary if you want, but as we finally see live performances coming back, I’m reflecting with gratitude and even some nostalgia on the way COVID quarantine forged a path for entrepreneurial performance companies to recalibrate and deliver their work through streaming platforms.

on September 24, 2021 at 9:53 AM
Goodbye, Nostalgia! Goodbye, Nostalgia!

The program was set around themes of loss, of unfulfilled wishes, the endurance of loss, triumphant or depressed.

on September 22, 2021 at 12:29 PM
Uncloistered Uncloistered

Let’s all cast our minds back to March of 2020. Or, better, let’s not.

on September 20, 2021 at 10:51 AM
Letting their hair down Letting their hair down

After the break the ladies stepped up their game so much that it elevated the night into legendary status: definitely one for the books!

on September 14, 2021 at 11:02 AM
Great and happy, but not quite live Great and happy, but not quite live

This was a great and happy event, but it wasn’t so much a musical one.

on September 07, 2021 at 11:14 AM
Love for sail Love for sail

Last weekend, On Site Opera presented What Lies Beneath, a program of maritime-themed operatic excerpts staged aboard the 19th century schooner Wavertree (now a part of the South Street Seaport Museum).

on August 30, 2021 at 11:15 AM
Tenors al fresco Tenors al fresco

Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Spyres are two singers at the top of their game, as this concert showed, virtually peerless in music as punishing as it is pretty.

on August 28, 2021 at 1:49 PM
The real king The real king

Bay Street Theater deserves enormous credit for transforming Camelot from a clumsy historical epic into a breezy, human fairytale about leaders who cannot lead.

on August 27, 2021 at 2:14 PM
On the edge of my seat On the edge of my seat

The San Francisco Opera became the first US opera company to present a full-blown production indoors on its home turf this season when they ushered the US opera audience into 2021-22 Season on Saturday September 21 with a stellar performance of Giacomo Puccini’s perennial favorite Tosca.

on August 24, 2021 at 11:45 AM
Reorientation Reorientation

Concerts at Wolf Trap, mixed bags in more ways than one, provided fleeting glimpses of the old normal as moments of frisson mingled with more familiar monotony.

on August 18, 2021 at 8:37 AM
The curious case of Benjamin Bernheim The curious case of Benjamin Bernheim

Who’s been hiding tenor Benjamin Bernheim from me all this time?

on August 03, 2021 at 12:00 PM
Round Table discussion Round Table discussion

Like many composers of his generation, Ernest Chausson was enthralled by Wagner and he too turned to legend for his only opera, one that would consume him for final decade of his brief life.

on August 03, 2021 at 10:00 AM
Charisma and chemistry Charisma and chemistry

For this revival of Tosca Teatro Real has configured several casts with some of the best singers in the world: Sondra Radvanovsky, Maria Agresta, Anna Netrebko, Joseph Calleja, Michael Fabiano, Yusif Eyvazov, Jonas Kaufmann, Carlos Álvarez, Gevorg Hakobyan and Luca Salsi.

on July 29, 2021 at 2:46 PM
Rossini al fresco Rossini al fresco

Last night, for the first time in nearly a year and a half, opera returned to Lincoln Center.

on July 28, 2021 at 11:55 AM
Can we still be friends? Can we still be friends?

As soon as James Clutton, the new Opera Holland Park director, stepped on stage to welcome the audience, we all knew that we were not at the typical English summer opera festival.

on July 26, 2021 at 12:32 PM