Cher Public

Orientalism alive and well on the Upper West Side

“The festival closes with the U.S. premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s chamber opera Only the Sound Remains, directed by Peter Sellars. Based on two Noh plays, the hypnotic work creates a shimmering world of supernatural encounters, given voice by countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and bass-baritone Davóne Tines, and embodied by dancer Nora Kimball-Mentzos.” [Lincoln Center Announces 2018 White Light Festival]

Crepuscolo

“Who is that!?” Scene-stealer Gianluca Buratto.

“It’s not easy being green”: especially if you’re the two greatest Italian opera composers. In their eighth decade Verdi and Monteverdi likely each thought they were done writing works for the stage but the gods had other plans.  Read more »

Black, box

Passion propels more operas than almost any other human emotion; however, many musical dramas have a very different sort of passion—the final days of Jesus—as their subject. While most commonly performed in concert halls or churches, this week the greatest of these, J. S. Bach’s setting of the gospeler Matthew’s retelling, opened this season’s White Light Festival in a grandly ambitious semi-staging by Peter Sellars at a strikingly transformed Park Avenue Armory.   Read more »

Get happy

Lincoln Center hosted two milestones this week.

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Appearing nightly

I suspect most New York City opera-lovers had long since given up hope that the fascinating soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci would ever return to their city.

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