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Romantic Triangles and Mislaid Letters

Romantic Triangles and Mislaid Letters

BY ELI JACOBSON | In late March, LoftOpera upped its game with a vital, musically ambitious revival of Rossini’s 1816 version of “Otello” presented at the LightSpace Studios in Bushwick. Often with LoftOpera one takes the rough edges with the smooth — the atmosphere is loft party meets art happening and the action often spills into […]

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 […]

Small Companies, Big Ambitions  

Small Companies, Big Ambitions  

BY ELI JACOBSON | The demise of the New York City Opera left a huge vacuum in the city’s musical life. Gotham Chamber Opera seemed the heir apparent ready to fill in the gap. Sadly, last month the new Gotham Chamber Opera management team discovered a large “undisclosed” deficit and shut down the company before its […]

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 […]