Darkling by American Opera Projects

The East Thirteenth Street Theatre is so unprepossessing that it would be easy to miss it altogether. From the street the entrance looks like an ice cream shop more so than a theatre. The crowded foyer has chairs around little tables and a food service counter.

Franz Schubert: The Trout ï The Greatest Love and The Greatest Sorrow

In this compelling documentary, Christopher Nupen has captured rare and wondrous collaborations by some of the greatest twentieth century performers as they pay tribute to an early nineteenth century musical treasure, Franz Schubert.

The Jessye Norman Collection from Philips

Jessye Normanís long-time label, Philips, celebrates the artistís sizeable recorded heritage with an expansive series of double CDs of re-releases, under the sobriquet The Jessye Norman Collection.

Hit and miss in Amsterdamís Cavalleria and Pagliacci

Guy Joosten, who recently directed the Metís new RomÈo et Juliette, reworked an attempt of Cav and Pag presented at the Essen Opera for the Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam. I cannot say he succeeded or to put it more plainly: Cav was bad and Pagliacci suffered too.

Fink, Vignoles and Cooper, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London


Il barbiere di Siviglia, La Monnaie, ThȂtre National, Brussels


“Lysistrata, Or the Nude Goddess” at NYC Opera

Having missed the first 10 minutes of Lysistrata, Or the Nude Goddess, I foolishly crept into my seat where I saw what appeared to be four raging Lainie Kazanís protesting war by Athenian ruins.

Big demand for classical downloads is music to ears of record industry


Legal Jams


A Lukewarm Descent Into the Eternal Flames