Sunday, January 26, 2014

La Boheme

For those who despise everything "modern" in opera, including modern voices, last night's performance of La Boheme at the Metropolitan was the place to be. Franco Zeffirelli's production is considered the gold-standard of old-fashioned La Boheme's. But what's more, the Met cast singers who in their style and acting were also thoroughly old-school. They even took thoroughly old-school in-between-act curtain calls.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Winter Season 2014

There was a nasty blizzard that hit NYC yesterday morning and didn't abate until early the next morning. That didn't stop many dance lovers from attending the start of New York City Ballet's always highly anticipated Winter Season. Winter Season is always an exciting time for dance lovers -- after nonstop Nutcrackers, "real" ballet is back! Last night opened with an all-Balanchine bill of Concerto Barocco, Kammermusik No. 2, and closed with the evergreen Who Cares?

First things first: a few coordination problems between the 8 Concerto Barocco corps girls aside, this company looked in great shape. The male and female corps of Who Cares? was snappy and energetic. This bears repeating: what a great company!

Boris: Do Russian Leaders Ever Change?

  RenĂ© Pape, photo @ Marty Sohl There's a leader of Russia. He's corrupt and has killed people on his path to power. He only trusts ...