Month: October 2010
Song for the shoppers
Lyric Opera tackles tragic ‘Norma’
A Quiet Place, New York City Opera, New York
Wagner: Wesendonck-Lieder, Preludes and Overtures
A great vintage Mercury album of Antal Dorati conducting Wagner overtures and preludes featured as a cover a close-up of a medieval chalice, undoubtedly meant to reference the Parsifal excerpt on the enclosed disc.
New York Festival of Song
“Don’t I have the coolest job in the world?” said Steven Blier.
The Met’s Boris Godunov: RenÈ Pape sizzles, Mussorgsky’s scoring fizzles
Kafka at the Opera: Bartlett Sher’s Production of Hoffmann at the Met
We all come to the opera for different things. To escape, to elevate, to laugh, to cry, or perhaps because someone else bought the tickets.
Ladies first: Muhly’s “Dark Sisters” precedes “Two Boys” as US opera debut
Piotr Beczala: RomÈo et Juliette, Royal Opera
Charles Gounod’s RomÈo et Juliette is almost more musical than opera. Everyone knows the story, and it would be hard to compete with Shakespeare. Gounod wisely focused on music, rather than drama.