Shoot your shot Shoot your shot

Director R.B. Schlather deftly walks a porous boundary, casting this primordial paroxysm of Germanness as a dialogue between its naïve and moralistic narrative with its outsized legacy.

on June 22, 2022 at 1:15 PM
Dream on Dream on

The second act of Dream of the Red Chamber reached the apex and provided the audience with soul-stirring fulfillment.

on June 21, 2022 at 1:07 PM
A real vibrancy A real vibrancy

Your favorite box set-aholic here completely missed the release last August of Giuseppe Di Stefano – Complete Decca Recordings in honor of the great tenor’s centenary.

on June 20, 2022 at 3:14 PM
Consistently enthralling Consistently enthralling

To conclude its triumphant season, last week the Met Orchestra performed its annual Carnegie Hall concerts under music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and once again performed superbly.

on June 20, 2022 at 12:51 PM
Romeo and Gilda Romeo and Gilda

The winners of the evening were the composer Riccardo Zandonai and Teatro Grattacielo which pulled off a near-impossible feat with success.

on June 10, 2022 at 2:13 PM
Either less or more Either less or more

An elegantly streamlined production of Into the Woods now on stage at Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre makes the best case for the show I’ve yet seen

on June 10, 2022 at 7:48 AM
Wet blanket Wet blanket

Do you know the musical about the quirky little girl, her dysfunctional family and the devastating secret that binds them all together?

on June 07, 2022 at 10:00 PM
Those monsters look like us Those monsters look like us

“This used to be a funhouse… but now it’s full of evil clowns / It’s time to start the countdown…. I’m gonna burn it down”

on June 07, 2022 at 8:07 AM
Ghost of honor Ghost of honor

The elusive La dame blanche returned for one evening to New York City on May 28 thanks to the New Amsterdam Opera led by maestro Keith Chambers.

on June 04, 2022 at 8:00 AM
Varying the song Varying the song

The opera The Rake’s Progress, as many people know already, was inspired by a series of engravings and paintings of the same name by William Hogarth, showing the decline of a young man into depravity and insanity.

on May 31, 2022 at 2:19 PM
A faint impression of the genuine article A faint impression of the genuine article

Can we start by not using Barbra Streisand as a polestar here?

on May 31, 2022 at 9:00 AM
Give Paris one more chance Give Paris one more chance

Pavarotti and Freni are gone but the Franco Zeffirelli Bohème remains. 

on May 26, 2022 at 2:09 PM
Ring my bell Ring my bell

The monsoon outside was no match for the torrents of gorgeous, dramatic singing and playing that was unleashed inside George Washington University’s Lisner Hall Sunday afternoon when Washington Concert Opera, in a glorious deluge of Léo Delibes, presented Lakmé to round out its return season.

on May 24, 2022 at 10:00 AM
Spaced out Spaced out

Before Wednesday I don’t remember gasping when I entered a concert venue.

on May 23, 2022 at 3:40 PM
Somewhere in Egypt Somewhere in Egypt

We open in a war room that resembled nothing so much as a parking garage. Amneris’s boudoir was certainly recognizable as such but I’d be hard-pressed to pinpoint the location of the Triumphal Scene other than the inside of a large discothèque.

on May 23, 2022 at 2:59 PM
Reviving a pharaoh Reviving a pharaoh

The Met brought back 2019 smash Akhnaten last night, with nearly the exact same cast and creative team, and with nearly the same knockout effect of three years ago.

on May 20, 2022 at 1:26 PM
Resisting the recognizable Resisting the recognizable

It was Matthew Jocelyn’s libretto, with its disorientingly deconstructive approach to its source text, that gave Brett Dean’s Hamlet its identity.

on May 18, 2022 at 2:07 PM
Room temperature Room temperature

It’s maybe not a surprise that Carmen is neither a good vocal nor temperamental fit for Isabel Leonard.

on May 18, 2022 at 12:41 PM
Rachel, Rachel Rachel, Rachel

It’s nice to see Sony Classical backing a serious operatic soprano and not some crossover refugee from Britain’s Got Talent or another syrupy Christmas album from the world’s reigning Heldentenor.

on May 18, 2022 at 8:00 AM
Mainly in the plain Mainly in the plain

I wonder why many New Yorkers have been led to believe that the only Handel conductor in the world is Harry Bicket.

on May 10, 2022 at 1:12 PM
Crowning achievement Crowning achievement

Sondra Radvanovsky is very special here!

on May 05, 2022 at 1:10 PM
Thrust into the political spotlight Thrust into the political spotlight

The Met’s revival of Turandot on Saturday night was surprisingly contentious.

on May 01, 2022 at 9:54 AM
Grand passion Grand passion

Reunited and it feels so good!

on May 01, 2022 at 8:27 AM
The end of this play isn’t written The end of this play isn’t written

“We came through the Depression by the skin of our teeth! One more tight squeeze like that and where will we be?”

on April 26, 2022 at 11:15 AM