Brute force Brute force

Alban Berg’s compact yet potent oeuvre has long played an outsized role in shaping my understanding of music’s aesthetic evolution.

on January 01, 2019 at 1:35 PM
The naked truth The naked truth

Highlights of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2019-2020 season, according the always intriguing Met Future Wiki.

on December 06, 2016 at 8:29 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
Half a million marks Half a million marks

Unlike my friend Greg Freed, who entertainingly wrote of his ambivalence about seeing Il trovatore in a movie theater this season, I have embraced the Met Live in HD transmissions as a part of the modern operagoing experience.

on November 24, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Cherchez la femme (fatale) Cherchez la femme (fatale)

Lilith. Pandora. Circe. Salome. “La Belle Dame sans Merci.” Carmen. Brigid O’Shaughnessy: the eternal “femme fatale” still fascinates us.

on November 06, 2015 at 12:10 PM