Psychological projections Psychological projections

“The distance between dreams and reality is called action.” – Brian Tracy

on June 13, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Véronique, with fiery pride Véronique, with fiery pride

Witnessing William Christie guide his orchestra and singers was truly one of this performance’s greatest highlights.

on June 12, 2024 at 10:00 AM
Playing in the rafters Playing in the rafters

Opera took center stage on the final weekend of the Philadelphia Orchestra season.

on June 11, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Woman’s lib Woman’s lib

A work that skimps on profundity need not be devoid of entertainment value, and Madrid’s charismatic soloists and musicians more than capably deliver on this front.

on June 10, 2024 at 9:00 AM
The age of <em>Innocence</em> The age of <em>Innocence</em>

The score for Innocence was menacing yet comforting, and, essentially, violent and peaceful at the same time

on June 06, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Speaking of tradition Speaking of tradition

You can imagine my surprise at encountering an almost wholly traditional staging with one teensy difference.

on June 05, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Bach humbug Bach humbug

Peter Sellars’s rarely radical climate epic Shall We Gather at The River brought together a superb collection of musical talent for an unfortunately incoherent night of sacred song.

on June 04, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Try and try again Try and try again

Matthew Polenzani strode into the Park Avenue Armory’s Board of Officers Room last Monday evening and was received like a beloved friend–and indeed that is what he is to many of New York’s opera-goers.

on May 29, 2024 at 9:00 AM
<em>Death</em> and the maiden <em>Death</em> and the maiden

“Sempre viva!”

on May 28, 2024 at 10:00 AM
The red attachment of women The red attachment of women

Washington National Opera’s final production of the season, seen May 22, is also its high point: a new Turandot directed by Francesca Zambello, updated to the 20th century and featuring the world premiere of a completion of Puccini’s score by composer Christopher Tin and playwright and screenwriter Susan Soon He Stanton.

on May 28, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Monuments man Monuments man

It has been a great season for prolific Bay Area composer Jake Heggie.

on May 27, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Love wins Love wins

Opera has always been Orpheus-obsessed.

on May 24, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Everything the light touches Everything the light touches

Like Emily discovering her gift in The Weight of Light, Vanguard fellows (ideally) come through a process of intense multivocality with a stronger sense of their own individual voice.

on May 21, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Dagonistic pluralism Dagonistic pluralism

To bring a well-known story to the stage, many methods are available.

on May 14, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Carmen, domesticated Carmen, domesticated

On May 2, Rebecca Herman‘s conceptualizing of Carmen was a significant departure from the traditional depiction of a marginalized “other,” maintaining a traditional staging in Seville.

on May 13, 2024 at 10:00 AM
With a sound but half its own With a sound but half its own

Swiss soprano Regula Mühlemann made her New York recital debut at Weill Hall on May 8.

on May 13, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Fox on fox Fox on fox

The Cunning Little Vixen, Leos Janacek’s late-career opera—a wonderous work with an almost miraculous sense of charm and poignance—has found significant success in conservatories.

on May 10, 2024 at 10:00 AM
Come to the record store in old Peking Come to the record store in old Peking

In the lead up to LA Opera’s mounting of Turandot on May 18th (hooray!) I thought I’d touch on some of my favorite recordings and new re-masters I’ve discovered. I have them all.

on May 10, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Raunchy, wild, and winsome Raunchy, wild, and winsome

There was much to love in Andrew Ousley’s Tiergarten: a three-night cabaret revue from Death of Classical and part of Carnegie Hall’s Weimar Festival, performed in the vaulted gothic hall of the Church of St. Mary.

on May 07, 2024 at 10:00 AM
Women of the <em>Hours</em> Women of the <em>Hours</em>

In its first go-around in November 2022, Kevin Puts’s The Hours (libretto by Greg Pierce based on the novel by Michael Cunningham and the screenplay for the Stephen Daldry’s 2002 film was a box office bullseye for the Metropolitan Opera.

on May 07, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Voce di donna o D’Angelo Voce di donna o D’Angelo

Her star is indeed on the rise, but squarely on her terms.

on May 06, 2024 at 9:00 AM
No strings attached No strings attached

Madama Butterfly is the opera of the moment.

on May 03, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Hiding in plain sight Hiding in plain sight

An air of discovery pervaded the first New York presentation of La ville morte much the way that it pervades the opera’s plot itself.

on May 01, 2024 at 9:00 AM
On the road again On the road again

When it premiered at the Opéra Comique in 1875, Carmen shocked audiences with its frank depictions of female sexuality, the proletariat, and violence: subjects that have ensured the piece’s continued relevance and that have inspired numerous retellings and revisions.

on April 30, 2024 at 9:00 AM