Reince Priebus being out is news. But health care policy collapse >>>>> soap opera in the WH. Trump is still President, so failure is intrinsic to the administration. x On health care, Republicans didn't just lack a plan. They lacked a plan to come up with a plan. Show More Summary
Verdi: Un giorno di regno - Heidenheim Opera Festival (Photo Oliver Vogel) Verdi Un giorno di regno; Gocha Abuladze, Davide Fersini, Michaela Maria Mayer, Elisabeth Jansson, Giuseppe Talamo, David Steffens, dir: Barbora Horakova Joly,...Show More Summary
Alex Ross: The culture indicated by the phrase “opera queen” became visible in pioneering openly gay communities of the late nineteenth century, and undoubtedly existed long before that. Even so, operas on gay themes have proliferated in recent years.
iPhone announcement Edward Parks (Steve Jobs) and the Santa Fe Opera Chorus Ken Howard for Santa Fe Opera, 2017 I was at the second performance of the new opera The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, music by Mason Bates, libretto by Mark Campbell. Show More Summary
I somehow managed to file an important press release from San Francisco Opera without reporting on it. I stumbled across the same press release, more or less, on the Santa Fe Opera web site yesterday and accordingly made an update to...Show More Summary
While recent TV shows transcend convention, opera continues, all too often, to dumb down.
Conservatives generally want President Trump to succeed, because the alternative is more of what we are already witnessing: a complete breakdown of the Republican agenda at the national level. The soap opera that the Administration has become, and the useless entity Congress is under its currently incompetent leadership, is disheartening. Show More Summary
Antonio Yang, Inga-Britt Andersson - Wagner: Der fliegende HöllanderHeidenheim Opera Festival (photo Oliver Vogel) Wagner Der fliegende Holländer; Antonio Yang, Inga-Britt Andersson, Randall Jakobsh, Vincent Wolfsteiner, dir: Georg Schmiedleitner,...Show More Summary
Santa Fe Opera stages classical/electronica composer Mason Bates' "The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs."
Meyrianne Héglon as Omphale in Xavier Leroux's Astarté. For the New Yorker website I've written a Cultural Comment on the recent wave of gay-themed operas, with particular attention to recent productions of Lou Harrison's Young Caesar at the L.A. Philharmonic...
Alex Ross on “opera queens” and the history of gay themes in opera, as well as the recent proliferation of gay operas, like “Angels in America” and “Paul’s Case.”
These alternative festivals swing from the totally eccentric to family friendly. Sarah Gordon picks out the highlights both in the UK and across the world - from matchmaking in Ireland to opera in an Italian garden.
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An edgy new opera production by Australian Jewish director Barrie Kosky tackling Wagner's anti-Semitism head-on won rapturous applause at Germany's renowned Bayreuth opera festival and rave reviews Wednesday. An audience including German...Show More Summary
It was a time of chaos and intrigue in Russia, laden with questions about political legitimacy. So goes the plot of a rare Dvorak opera, which is being revived with an eye on its modern relevance. "Dimitrij" was a validating success for Antonin Dvorak after its premiere in Prague in 1882 but he later drastically revised it. Show More Summary
“New music is a culture that tends to romanticize risk, and I think we ought to push back on that romanticizing. For all its aesthetic innovation, new music remains a job for many people.” Perhaps the same could be said of new American opera. Debates over its future highlight a complex web of expectations concerning […]
It's easy to feel small and insignificant in the grandiose scope of the universe, because we are. At the same time, as Carl Sagan once reminded us, we're made of the same "star stuff" as the cosmos. All too often, we forget how random, ridiculous, and resplendent it is to part of the stellar sorority of the universe. Show More Summary
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Its founder Somtow Sucharitkul has issued this final warning: ‘Opera Siam faces its fourth and most serious existential crisis in 17 years. We are going to run out of funds in only a few days.’ He adds: ‘Tonight I’m performing the Mozart Coronation Mass and other works with our kids and with many volunteer choirs including one […]
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has toured the Sydney Opera House ahead of high-level bilateral security talks with Australian officials. The former London mayor joined New South Wales state Premier … Click to Continue »