Hemisemidemiramide Hemisemidemiramide

The problem with trying to revive Semiramide today is competing with the memory of the spectacular casting lavished upon the work during the golden age of the Volpe era.

on February 14, 2018 at 11:22 AM
Comparisons are odious Comparisons are odious

One thing that is killing opera is the practice of critics’ comparing the singers they heard last night to dead or retired artists.

on January 06, 2017 at 3:30 PM
Geh such dir die Stars vom vergangenen Jahr! Geh such dir die Stars vom vergangenen Jahr!

Tristan has been the season-launching opera three times before now, but good luck finding someone to provide a firsthand account of the last time.

on September 23, 2016 at 3:20 AM
Je ne suis pas précis ici Je ne suis pas précis ici

If you’ve been following the coverage of the Nézet-Séguin succession, you will note that a good deal of the coverage centers on whether the incoming maestro will “champion” this composer or that.

on June 04, 2016 at 6:03 PM
Auf den Leichen lag sie tot Auf den Leichen lag sie tot

The 2017 Salzburg Easter Festival promises an intriguing blend of dramaturgy and necromancy “by attempting to re-create Karajan’s musico-theatrical vision of Die Walküre from 1967.”

on March 21, 2016 at 7:04 AM
But the Levy was dry But the Levy was dry

The redevelopment that took place at Lincoln Center during Reynold Levy’s tenure as president of Lincoln Center represents a considerable accomplishment.

on July 21, 2015 at 12:42 PM
“Die Zeit, die ist ein sonderbar’ Ding” “Die Zeit, die ist ein sonderbar’ Ding”

Peter Gelb has single-handedly ravaged the finances of the Met not only during his own incumbency, but in the distant past as well.

on June 07, 2014 at 2:10 PM
Borne back ceaselessly into the past Borne back ceaselessly into the past

So, cher public, have you heard about this fabulous new plan to revive the New York City Opera under the direction of Michael Capasso?

on January 29, 2014 at 7:48 PM
Out of Touch Out of Touch

In a press release that was obviously sent in 1985 and for some bizarre reason only just arrived an hour ago, Lyric Opera of Chicago has announced the production of a new Ring cycle with Sir Andrew Davis conducting and David Pountney directing.

on January 17, 2014 at 1:26 PM
Ancien regie Ancien regie

“But like any production left out in the sun a few decades, it gradually faded into mere decoration.”

on December 30, 2013 at 6:13 PM
Constellation Constellation

Here, for the first time in 40 years, the CBS telecast of the April 21-22 gala honoring the retirement of Sir Rudolf Bing.

on April 26, 2013 at 1:28 AM
Once in half a lifetime Once in half a lifetime

Then and now: the “Dio ti giocondi, o sposo” duet from Otello.

on November 01, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Re-entrance Re-entrance

La Cieca (not pictured) has just accessed a new feature in YouTube that imported a dozen or so “classic” parterre video clips from Google Video into the familiar YouTube interface.

on May 03, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Former Editor of Opera News and Director of Opera-Music Theater at the National Endowment for the Arts Patrick J. Smith (pictured) yearns for the ancien régime: “We used to go to the opera for the voices. Zinka Milanov…” And so, anyone who has serious informed criticism of how Peter Gelb runs the Met now can…

on March 28, 2011 at 11:35 AM