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Room for improvement

It’s hard to think of a rare work by a great composer more tailor-made for a twenty-first century reexamination than Mozart’s Il Sogno di Scipione, currently being revived by Gotham Chamber Opera at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College near Lincoln Center. Along with his twin brother David (whose new production of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera premieres this fall at the Met), Peter Sellars and Robert Wilson, Sogno’s director Christopher Alden is one of America’s few successful proponents of the director-driven, concept-oriented regietheater school of opera production that’s become nearly the rule in many European houses. However, it is still warily viewed here in the US despite variously successful attempts to popularize it by Pamela Rosenberg in San Francisco and, in a more cautious way, by Peter Gelb at the Met.   Read more »

Jacques, strapping

Meet Jacques Snyman of South Africa, former rugby player, current fitness model and anti-bullying activist, and possible future opera star. Read more »