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    The great Russian bass will give a recital at Carnegie Hall

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    He is married …

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    The Royal Opera was formed, along with the Royal Ballet, after World War II. Performing in a theater in Covent Garden in London, the company has developed its own stars and brought in talents from around the world. Opus Arte (distributed by Naxos) has recently released a mammoth 32-CD box set titled, “Great Performances,” containing …

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    Tom Dugan as Wiesenthal (photo by Carol Rosegg)

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    When I started listening to jazz, I discovered that the one label I could trust was Blue Note Records. The music and even the covers were distinctive. While the label had a number of jazz hits, like “The Sidewinder” and “Song for my Father,” some of my favorite albums were those I picked off the …

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

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    Read More

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    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

  • Three Opera Recordings Starring Pavarotti at his Peak: Turandot, Madama Butterfly and L’Elisir d’Amore

    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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    Chris Botti is Spending his 10th Annual Holiday Residency at the Blue Note Jazz Club

    It’s hard to make news playing the national anthem, unless the performer messes up, as when singers mangle the words. Trumpeter Chris Botti performed “The Star Spangled Banner” recently at the New York Giants/Indianapolis Colts game. His rendition was so moving that Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne was caught on-camera shedding a tear. The video …

    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

  • “Hallowed Ground” Marks the Debut of a New Classical Label

    Copland's "Lincoln Portrait" by the Cincinnati Symphony with Maya Angelou as Narrator

    The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has just issued its first release on its Fanfare label. “Hallowed Ground,” taken from concerts with the Orchestra’s new music director, Louis Langrée, is comprised of three works: Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” and two pieces commissioned by the Orchestra from composers David Lang and Nico Muhly.

    A notable aspect of the …

    Read More

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    Dmitri Hvorostovsky Sings Russian Sacred and Folk Songs

    Siberian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky is one of the world’s leading opera singers. While he excels in Verdi—he will be appearing in “Un Ballo in Maschera” at the Met later this season—he is at his best in music of his homeland.

    Hvorostovsky has made many recordings of Russian music of various types, including opera, art songs …

    Read More

  • Richard Tucker Gala Delivers Despite Some No-Shows

    Dario Acosta Photography/  Richard Tucker Music Foundation

    At the beginning of the Richard Tucker Gala at Avery Fisher Hall, the late tenor’s son Barry Tucker announced some cancellations. The most disappointing was Anna Netrebko, who sent a note saying she was not going to appear because she had just played Lady Macbeth in the Verdi opera the night before and she found …

    Read More

  • Stunning Talents at Town Hall: Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer, with Cameron Carpenter and Judy Collins Later This Month

    Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer

    What happens when two geniuses square off? As Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer demonstrated at their Town Hall concert, the result is beautiful music.

    Thile and Meyer are MacArthur “genius grant” winners. Thile plays the mandolin with occasional guitar and Meyer the double bass with occasional piano. They are each composers of distinction and are …

    Read More

  • Love and Death in the Met’s Doom-Ridden “Carmen”

    Don Jose Warning Carmen to Love Him or Die

    Sir Richard Eyre’s production of Bizet’s “Carmen” at the Metropolitan Opera is not for the faint of heart. Even before the music starts, the audience is placed on notice that they are about to witness a tragedy by the jagged red line, like a stab wound, across the curtain. The main reason for the enduring …

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