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    Angela Meade and Francesco Meli in "Ernani" (photo by Marty Sohl)

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    Silvano sings her own tunes with Mike Abene on piano

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    Joyce DiDonato as Elena in  "La Donna del Lago" (photo by Ken Howard)

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    Read More

  • Opera Star Ildar Abdrazakov to Perform at Carnegie Hall

    The great Russian bass will give a recital at Carnegie Hall

    Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov’s international career took off after he won the Maria Callas International Television Competition in Italy during 2000. He made his debut in “La Sonambula” at La Scala the following year when he was only 25 years old and quickly established himself as one of the world’s leading basses.

    He is married …

    Read More

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    Tom Dugan as Wiesenthal (photo by Carol Rosegg)

    “Wiesenthal” is the one-man off-Broadway show about the Nazi hunter written by and starring Tom Dugan.

    The play takes place in Wiesenthal’s office (the Jewish Documentation Center in Vienna, Austria) during April 2003. It is the last day before the 93-year old retired—he died two years later—and he speaks to a group of visitors about …

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    Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression

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    Renee Fleming and Nathan Gunn in "The Merry Widow" (photo by Ken Howard)

    Franz Lehar’s 1905 “The Merry Widow” (“Die Lustige Witwe”) is one of the most popular operettas and the new production at the Metropolitan Opera shows why. Two Broadway veterans in their Met debuts are among the reasons for the success of the revival: director-choreographer Susan Stroman (of “The Producers,” “Contact” and “Crazy for You”) and …

    Read More

  • H.M.S. Pinafore Sailed Gracefully into the New Year

    Angela Christine Smith as Buttercup (Photo by Noah Strone)

    I spent New Year’s Eve, as I often do, at the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players. The troupe was founded by Albert Bergeret in 1974 and is still going strong. The operetta performed was the perennial favorite, “H.M.S. Pinafore” (one of the G&S big three, along with “Mikado” and “Pirates of Penzance”).

    From the …

    Read More

  • Gotham Holiday Swing at Town Hall

    photo by Steve Friedman

    Vince Giordano was the host and leader of his band, the Nighthawks Orchestra and they brought the ebullient sound of jazz to Town Hall to celebrate the holidays.

    The band got off to a swinging start with a rollicking rendition of “Jingle Bells.” Then vocalist Molly Ryan came out in a red dress to sing …

    Read More

  • The Alvin Ailey Dance Company’s Welcome Return to City Center

    The late folksinger and civil rights activist is honored in dance

    The Alvin Ailey Dance Company’s Welcome Return to City Center

    By Barry Bassis

    Under its current artistic director Robert Battle, the Alvin Ailey Dance Company continues to develop exciting new works and to present high quality interpretations of dances from outside choreographers.

    The program I attended began with Hofesh Shechter’s “Uprising.” This is a testosterone-fueled …

    Read More

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    Cover courtesy of Decca

    If asked to name the most popular recording by an opera singer during the past 50 years, the obvious answer is Luciano Pavarotti singing “Nessun Dorma” from Puccini’s “Turandot.” Decca was Pavarotti’s label for his entire career and it treats his work with the proper respect.

    Decca has just released three complete operas on Blu-ray …

    Read More

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    Read More

  • The Last Days of the Schenk Production of “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg”

    These are the last performances of the Schenk production

    Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” clocks in at almost six hours, which may be too much of a good thing. Maybe not. The Metropolitan Opera’s revival has undeniable charm, some laughs and stirring sections, starting with the overture, beautifully played by the orchestra under the baton of James Levine.

    This is the Otto Schenk production …

    Read More

  • The Spirited “Barber of Seville” at the Met

    Photo by Ken Howard

    Giuseppe Verdi once called Gioachino Rossini’s 1816 “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” (The Barber of Seville), “the finest opera buffa in existence.” The audience at the current revival at the Metropolitan Opera would no doubt heartily agree. The opera was first performed in the Met’s first season (1883-84) and has lost none of its luster.

    The …

    Read More

  • “You Can’t Take it With You” is Revived with Verve

    Two members of the unconventional Sycamore family

    One of the more entertaining plays last season was a dramatization of “Act One,” Moss Hart’s memoir about his early career culminating in his first collaboration with George S. Kaufman. The most successful of their plays together was the 1936 comedy “You Can’t Take it With You,” which won the Pulitzer Prize and was made …

    Read More

  • “Lennon: Through a Glass Onion” Recreates the Man and His Music

    John Waters Portrays John Lennon

    “Lennon: Through a Glass Onion” is a modest, but effective homage to the late singer-songwriter.

    The 65-year old John R. Waters doesn’t try to look like John Lennon or imitate his singing though he does approximate his Liverpudlian accent. This is simply a two man show. Waters handles the narrative, the lead vocals and plays …

    Read More


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