Metropolitan Opera

The Troubles With Opera

… It’s bad enough the com­pany has such severe finan­cial prob­lems that they threaten dis­in­te­gra­tion. It’s worse that these prob­lems were caused by sup­posed lovers of opera and are now being exac­er­bated by peo­ple who should know bet­ter, who should know what opera is yet instead demand their “Opera,” in all it’s trap­pings, a course that would surely sink the com­pany as quickly as a gold bar placed on a balsa wood raft…

Spox Vox Reax

The line up for the 2011-12 sea­son of the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Opera is out, and it’s sur­pris­ing. The Met is the Met, and their strengths are their own, so it’s not a dis­ap­point­ing sea­son to me. Opera has a broad range and I expect the out­ly­ing parts to be filed in by City Opera and other(…)

Catch “The Drift”

Start­ing today and every Wednes­day, check out my new blog space that the peo­ple at Clas­si­calTV were kind enough to offer me. This will be mainly clas­si­cal, non-technical things, and I’m look­ing for­ward to being a con­trib­u­tor there. First up, Debussy at the Met.

Go See: Opera 2010-11

If you love or are even inter­ested in opera, the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Opera and City Opera are self-recommending. Taken together, the two insti­tu­tion put a lot of work on stage and effec­tively cover most of the his­tory of the form. The ques­tion isn’t whether to go, but what to see? The big event this year at the(…)

Bright Futures

For cre­ative, chal­leng­ing music-making and cul­ture, Lin­coln Cen­ter may just be the place to be over the next few years. The plaza is redone and is both gor­geous and wel­com­ing, City Opera is back and hope­fully off life-support, the New York Phil­har­monic is almost entirely trans­formed as an insti­tu­tion from where it was even two(…)

More Hard Copy

The Feb­ru­ary issue of The Brook­lyn Rail is now avail­able at book­stores and the like, but you can read my arti­cle on the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Opera right here. It’s got a care­fully cal­i­brated insult of Franco Zeffirelli!

Nights At The Opera

My first of two arti­cles on the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Opera’s fall sea­son is now avail­able in The Brook­lyn Rail.


A recent rant by clas­si­cal music gos­sip Nor­man Lebrecht makes me won­der just what all his fuss is about. A com­plaint that the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Opera does not pro­duce the most cut­ting edge work is both absolutely cor­rect and absolutely mean­ing­less. The Met is ded­i­cated to the entire tra­di­tion of opera and is already demon­strat­ing that(…)

Thank you sir, may I have another?”

The Met made the evening news.” Indeed it did, in the only way any­thing in the high arts could make the evening news, by becom­ing juicy gos­sip. The story is that the audi­ence booed the open­ing night pro­duc­tion of “Tosca.” Please note, they booed the pro­duc­tion, not the singers or musi­cians. The new Met director,(…)

Opera for the Unemployed

Friends, are you like me? Out of work, no prospects in sight, slowly but surely spi­ral­ing down into an eco­nomic, social and psy­cho­log­i­cal abyss? Yet still han­ker­ing not just for enter­tain­ment but for the grand dis­play of opera? Then I have a deal for you! Start­ing tomor­row night, Lin­coln Cen­ter hosts out­door HD screen­ings of some(…)