Sunday, December 2, 2018

off the clock

The Met streams the opener of its new production of La Traviata this Tuesday, 12/4, at 7:55pm ET, with Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Flórez, and Quinn Kelsey, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. You can check it out here if they remember to put the player back up.

A Thousand Sharp Little Points

George Herbert Walker Bush, 1924 - 2018

"The long memory is the most radical idea in America." - U. Utah Phillips

from the documentary How to Survive a Plague, by David France

Friday, November 16, 2018

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

details details

The Met season has ticked off its first two performances while we were otherwise engaged, but oh well, there are worse things than missing Boheme number million and twelve. While we're all scrambling to locate our tattered copies of Orientalism in honor of the new production of Samson, you can check out the free live webcast schedule for the whole season here.

The weekly schedule for the SiriusXM webcasts, which sometimes correspond to the Met site webcasts and sometimes don't, is available here. SiriusXM is a subscription satellite radio service available in the US and last I looked they were still offering a web-only streaming service for about $16/month, with a free trial period to check it out. The player also has a useful rewind feature if you show up late to the game (which I see they have updated to make it clunkier, but beggars can't be choosers).

For those of you who have only one item of interest on the agenda, the JDD Tito is April 3 at 8pm ET. Though you may want to stop in again on May 3 for Dialogues, bc srsly Leonard/Pieczonka/Morley/Cargill/Mattila/Portillo/D Croft, c. YNS, can there be any better way to start your weekend?

Sunday, September 23, 2018

new regime

Mr. Nézet-Séguin said he was excited to mount several operas that have never or rarely been performed at the Met, including Handel’s “Agrippina” and “Alcina”; Verdi’s “Don Carlos,” in the original French (the company has only performed the Italian version); Cherubini’s “Medea,” in Italian; and Prokofiev’s “The Fiery Angel.”

Read all about it... ...except for the casting, so place your bets.

Saturday, September 15, 2018


her cover of Richard Thompson's Beeswing is just fine

Sunday, August 5, 2018

owning and operating

The Glimmerglass Festival (what the retro among us still call Glimmerglass Opera, but hey...) and WFMT are producing a five-part podcast series called Breaking Glass, about issues of access and social engagement vis a vis the opera house (any opera house). Episode 1, Opera, Race and Social Justice, can be found on iTunes. Librettist and host Paige Hernandez and director Tazewell Thompson thumbnail the issues in round one. It's a half hour worth the listen and we look forward to more.

Saturday, August 4, 2018