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Musical Theater Drill Down  

Musical Theater Drill Down  

BY CHRISTOPHER MURRAY | So, do you watch these Broadway-themed hit reality shows? “Lifestyles of the Bitchiest on Broadway,” “Celebrity Accompanist,” “The Voice Coach,” “Keeping Up with the KarSmashians,” “America’s Got High C’s,” “The Real Understudies of Broadway,” “Don’t Tell Mama in Hell’s Kitchen,” “The Biggest Loser Who Was Robbed of That Tony Award,” “So […]

The Lyp Returns, Imelda’s Enduring Fascination

The Lyp Returns, Imelda’s Enduring Fascination

BY DAVID NOH | It’s incredible, but Lypsinka, that whirling dervish of illusion and the highest imaginable camp — whom I consider as essential a New York figure as the Statue of Liberty — hasn’t been on a local stage in nine years. This has been happily remedied with “Lypsinka! The Trilogy,” running through January […]

Bi-Coastal Opera

Bi-Coastal Opera

BY DAVID SHENGOLD | Neal Goren’s always interesting Gotham Opera started its season October 14 at the Lynch Theater with a Bohuslav Martinu double bill that looked great — Gotham shows almost always do — but left one wanting musically. The urbane Czech composer penned works, including “Julietta” and “The Greek Passion,” that deserve renewed local […]

Klinghoffer” Rises Above the Protests

Klinghoffer” Rises Above the Protests

BY ELI JACOBSON | Approaching Lincoln Center Plaza for the October 20 Metropolitan Opera premiere of John Adams’ “The Death of Klinghoffer,” I felt I was entering a war zone. The park across from the plaza resounded with demonstrators’ speeches — including one from former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani — denouncing the opera as anti-Semitic and […]

Claire De Couture

Claire De Couture

BY DAVID NOH | The history of fashion is awash with the names of male gay designers, but there have been surprisingly few women couturiers who have identified as queer. There were once bisexual whispers about Coco Chanel and, recently, Jill Sander has been quite open about her lesbianism. A couple of summers ago, I […]

Spirited Revivals, Reviving Spirits

Spirited Revivals, Reviving Spirits

BY ELI JACOBSON | After a grueling, spiritually exhausting summer of labor negotiations, the Metropolitan Opera has gotten back to work presenting revivals of repertory standards. In many ways, these are better indicators of the company’s current health than the new production of “Le Nozze di Figaro” that opened the season. Sir Richard Eyre’s elaborately […]

Theseus Rides The Bull 

Theseus Rides The Bull 

BY BRIAN McCORMICK  | There have been many versions of the myth of Theseus, founder-king of Athens and, like Jesus, the son of two possible fathers and one mother. In Mark Dendy’s new dance-play “Labyrinth,” the artist draws inspiration from Mary Renault’s 1958 Bildungsroman “The King Must Die” and weaves in his own personal historical […]

New Starts

New Starts

BY DAVID SHENGOLD | September brought good news to New York’s opera world. The American Opera Projects premiered a fine new work of unusual interest to the LGBT community, Laura Kaminsky’s “As One.” And the Metropolitan, after bruising labor negotiations, opened on time, with an uneven new staging of Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” and a […]

Glimmerglass Scores Solidly 

Glimmerglass Scores Solidly 

BY DAVID SHENGOLD | Artistic and general director Francesca Zambello and managing director Linda Jackson crafted a Glimmerglass season of operas unified by both thematic plot links — women abandoned by men — and a performance history trope of being revised versions of originals. Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos” and Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” got played in their […]

Opera on Summer Lawns

Opera on Summer Lawns

BY DAVID SHENGOLD | The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer venue, leafy Tanglewood in rural — if in places pricey — western Massachusetts, is a delight to visit and seats on the lawn are ultra-cheap. July 27’s matinée concert was to have been led by the venerable Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, who died earlier this year. […]

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