Dream a little ‘Dream’ Dream a little ‘Dream’

It may have taken 28 years to see Robert Carsen’s production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the U. S., but it was worth waiting for.

on February 12, 2019 at 4:38 PM
Strike while the irony is hot Strike while the irony is hot

At last the future plans of America’s Most Beloved Semi-Retired People’s Diva have been revealed!

on April 25, 2017 at 1:36 PM
And in the ‘how’ And in the ‘how’

Our selected Rosenkavalier video overview closes out the 20th-century selections, crosses the millennial mark, and includes the first of our performances to depart from the opera’s prescribed 18th-century setting.

on April 11, 2017 at 9:00 AM
Today or tomorrow or the day after that Today or tomorrow or the day after that

“Time is a strange thing,” the lady observes, to a young man who cannot begin to understand what she is talking about.

on April 10, 2017 at 9:00 AM
White blossoms scorched by the sun White blossoms scorched by the sun

While some once-popular Met operas have fallen into neglect in the past quarter century, Rusalka has returned regularly since its 1993 premiere.

on January 31, 2017 at 9:01 AM
The chopping block? The chopping block?

After five flops in a row, Mr. McVicar continues to win new assignments from the Met.

on March 31, 2016 at 11:36 AM
The devil is in the details The devil is in the details

Certain operas are better in theory than practice.

on March 09, 2015 at 10:00 AM
The diva wears Prada The diva wears Prada

“Oubliez le XVIIIè siècle. A l’Opéra Comique, Platée s’installe sur les podiums d’une fashion week parisienne!”

on April 03, 2014 at 11:26 AM
Nymph errant Nymph errant

“German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld is a household name; 18th-century French composer Jean-Philippe Rameau isn’t.”

on April 02, 2014 at 10:20 AM
Come to the unstable Come to the unstable

How, then, to explain the perplexing performance last Friday night of Falstaff, Mr. Levine’s first new production since his return?

on December 11, 2013 at 8:13 PM
The rise of the clowns The rise of the clowns

What better way to spend a lazy Friday afternoon in midsummer than watching a webcast of Rigoletto?

on July 12, 2013 at 10:58 AM

It was indeed a curious sensation  making a late morning trek to East 59th Street, a block devoted to showro0ms for bizarre upscale furniture and lighting fixtures, and then to enter a boutique cinema specializing in Hindi films (the big coming attraction right now is Desi Boyz) — and all this before sitting down in…

on December 08, 2011 at 11:11 AM

La Cieca is just back from the HD of Don Giovanni from La Scala: excellent singing through the whole cast, strong conducting (if tending to the slow side) by Daniel Barenboim, and a smart, chic production from Robert Carsen that frankly makes Michael Grandage look like an utter bumpkin. The presentation will repeat here in…

on December 07, 2011 at 4:59 PM