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Lenny thing goes

They saved the best (of all possible worlds) for last. Read more »

Something cool

When she recently announced that she had broken a rib, my heart sank: another Elina Garanca Met cancellation! But no, there she was radiantly present at Carnegie Hall Friday night performing a ravishingly somber Rückert-Lieder with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the MET Orchestra.  Read more »

Lenny and God

First, the takeaway: Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s “Music of Faith” with the Philadelphia Orchestra was a sensational concert, perhaps the best I’ve heard in more than a season. Intriguingly juxtaposing two similar-but-very-different works composed 120 years apart—Bernstein’s Symphony No. 3 (Kaddish) and Rossini’s Stabat Mater—the maestro and his excellent collaborators were in tip-top form.  Read more »

Keep it gay

Our Own Joel Rozen in Slate ponders the “good gay vs. bad gay” politics of Zachary Woolfe‘s New York Times celebration of Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Out of sight, out of mind

Now, you would think nothing could please gaycentric La Cieca more than yesterday’s New York Times profile of the Met’s new music director…

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Emmanuel labor

Philadelphia is a city famous for its musical institutions—so, of course, at this time of year Messiah performances abound.

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Blonde Venus?

The frequently-omniscient Future Met Wiki has recently vouchsafed a few morsels about upcoming Met seasons.

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“Tosca,” starring the Philadelphia Orchestra

Though orchestrally lavish, this “semi-staging” delivers less theater than no staging at all.

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