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Exploring the Wilderness in Search of Love

Exploring the Wilderness in Search of Love

BY ELI JACOBSON | The search for love is a central drive in life and art. Love can take us into unfamiliar places — both in the wilds of our imagination and physically beyond the safety of our homes. Two operas presented this summer explored that search. New York City Opera followed up their rather uncertain […]

Yazbek & McClure

Yazbek & McClure

BY DAVID NOH | When I met my favorite living musical composer, David Yazbek, at the June 21 press preview at 54 Below for its upcoming shows, I threw a very unfamiliar name at him. “J. Akuhead Pupule,” I said. “Ever hear of him? Thought not. But you’re right: it does sound Hawaiian. He was actually […]

Autos and an Auto-da-Fe

Autos and an Auto-da-Fe

BY DAVID SHENGOLD | It’s delightful to be in San Francisco in June, with Frameline’s massive LGBTQ film festival just the pinnacle of Bay Area cultural events for a diverse community. This year’s San Francisco Opera line-up offered appealing prospects in three of the greatest operas ever written: “Don Carlo,” “Jenufa,” and “Carmen” — the Verdi […]

Making Diversity Happen

Making Diversity Happen

BY BRIAN McCORMICK | Brooklyn Arts Exchange, familiarly known as BAX, was started 25 years ago by director Marya Warshaw with a dream that there could be a haven in Brooklyn for all artists at every stage of their development. From its humble beginnings on Douglass Street, BAX has grown into a two-story arts center […]

The Broadway Season & Home for Dinner

The Broadway Season & Home for Dinner

BY SAM OGLESBY | Have you ever fantasized about seeing all the shows on Broadway, knowing full well you don’t have the time, never mind the money to realize that dream? Well, I was lucky enough to come close – all in one afternoon. On June 3, I saw “Stars in the Alley,” the absolutely […]

That Voice

That Voice

BY DAVID NOH | Stretching the boundaries of her already full and rich career, Kathleen Turner will enter the world of Terpsichore with her participation in a program from Rioult Dance NY. I caught this exciting company’s Edith Piaf homage last spring and was dazzled by its vibrant mélange of choreographic styles, storytelling, and sound, and […]

Puccini on the L Train

Puccini on the L Train

BY ELI JACOBSON | The New York Opera Fest (nyoperafest.com) has been sponsoring opera presentations all over the city in May and June made possible, in part, by public funds from the city Department of Cultural Affairs, the City Council, and state Council on the Arts. Chelsea Opera is one of the members of the […]

Wilde Thing, You Make My Heart Sink

Wilde Thing, You Make My Heart Sink

BY ELI JACOBSON | The New York Philharmonic’s “NY Phil Biennial” will be presenting music of all kinds throughout the city through June 11 (nyphil.org/biennial). The operatic contribution was Gerald Barry’s musical setting of Oscar Wilde’s light comedy masterpiece “The Importance of Being Earnest,” which received its US staged premiere June 2-4 in a co-presentation with […]

Wagner Nights in Two Cities

Wagner Nights in Two Cities

BY DAVID SHENGOLD | Last month, Washington National Opera finally mounted three complete “Ring” cycles in the compelling, image-rich production by Francesca Zambello that began in 2006. WNO ran out of funds in 2008’s crash and so “Götterdämmerung” got seen first at San Francisco Opera, the project’s co-sponsor. The whole company, onstage and off, and the […]

Loves Lost and Won, 18th Century Style  

Loves Lost and Won, 18th Century Style  

BY ELI JACOBSON | In recent months opera companies (large and small) and touring ensembles have been exploring the vicissitudes of love won and love lost as viewed through an often cynical 18th century Enlightenment sensibility warmed by the kindling fires of nascent Romanticism. The Metropolitan Opera presented a rare revival of Mozart’s “Die Entführung aus […]

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