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Mostly Metropolitan

Mostly Metropolitan

BY DAVID SHENGOLD | Leon Botstein came up with another intriguing novelty December 19 at Alice Tully Hall: after a staging of 1931’s play-to-be-read “The Long Christmas Dinner” by gay author Thornton Wilder, Botstein led his American Symphony Orchestra in Paul Hindemith’s 1960 operatic adaptation. Jonathan Rosenberg directed both multi-generation dramas capably, though I didn’t like […]

Blissful Survivor

Blissful Survivor

BY DAVID NOH | There are damn few singers today as purely exciting as Bettye LaVette, who has a new CD out, “Worthy,” and is about to wow the Upper East Side at the Café Carlyle, January 27 to February 7. Her sinuous, searingly involved huge talent aside, I became particularly enthralled with her after reading her […]

Sweet 16

Sweet 16

BY MICHAEL SHIREY | The 16th annual GLAM Awards warmed up an otherwise bitter cold winter evening on January 13. Bianca Del Rio and Michael Musto hosted the raunchy nigh at BPM, presented by Cherry Jubilee, that celebrated the best in New York City nightlife. The evening’s event, which kicked off with an elaborate “Wizard […]

New Year’s Eve’s Last Waltz

New Year’s Eve’s Last Waltz

BY ELI JACOBSON | Franz Lehár in his 1905 operetta masterpiece “The Merry Widow” used the waltz as a metaphor for the push and pull of sexual attraction. Money and politics push the ex-lovers Hanna Glawari and Count Danilo apart but the strains of the waltz pull them together. Eventually politics and money capitulate before […]

Endora’s Year-End Encomiums

Endora’s Year-End Encomiums

BY DAVID NOH | Every year, we give out the Agnes Moorehead Awards for outstanding live and film performance, realizing full well that despite her mammoth body of excellent work, she is probably best known as Endora on TV “Bewitched.” So, it’s appropriate to introduce this year’s Aggies with memories from two of her co-stars […]

Master Singers — And, um, Others…

Master Singers — And, um, Others…

BY DAVID SHENGOLD | At 32, the Met’s “Boheme” staging is older than the opera’s six leading characters are meant to be. It soldiers on, the crassly over-busy Act II bringing cheers, while the lovely snowy Act III restores some depth and taste. Score and even staging make for a good first opera experience, and the […]

An Impressive Symphonic Band of Our Own

An Impressive Symphonic Band of Our Own

BY DAVID NOH | It’s hard to believe, but the Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps turns 35 this year and the LGBAC Symphonic Band performs its holiday concert, “Make the Yuletide Gay!”, on December 12 at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th St., 8 p.m.; lgbac.org). I grabbed the chance to talk to its new […]

Late Autumn Voices

Late Autumn Voices

BY DAVID SHENGOLD | Juilliard Opera did very well by the good — not great — Rossini comedy “Il Turco in Italia” on November 19. Speranza Scappucci, conducting and playing continuo, guaranteed a scintillating, stylish performance for the fine orchestra, though a few inevitable first night “accidents” obtruded. One hopes to hear much more of her […]

A Teddy Bear of a Ruby

A Teddy Bear of a Ruby

BY CHRISTOPHER MURRAY | Two shows this December will mark the 25th — and final —year in which drag artist Ruby Rims presents his benefit holiday cabaret variety show “TeddyCare” at Judson Memorial Church in the Village. Ruby acts as master of ceremonies for the two-evening showcase that will feature a dozen or so performers, […]

Bad Girl Gone Wild in a Gulag

Bad Girl Gone Wild in a Gulag

BY ELI JACOBSON | Some operas take a while to click with audiences — it may take a revival with the right cast and a crowd receptive to its message. The Metropolitan Opera’s current revival of Dmitri Shostakovich’s scandalous 1934 opera “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk” is a case in point. When the Graham Vick production premiered […]

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