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ROH Queen of Spades as Bizarre Tchaikovsky Lookalike Contest

January 16, 2019 | Mark Valencia, Musical America
LONDON—The Royal Opera was at pains to release advance information about its production of The Queen of Spades so no one could say they hadn’t been warned. This was to be a reinterpretation rather than a recreation, with director … »Read


Two Prototype Operas Tackle Sex Themes

January 11, 2019 | Clive Paget, Musical America
Now in its seventh year, Manhattan’s Prototype Festival, a co-production with Beth Morrison Projects and HERE, is a fascinating mix of mostly new, edgily contemporary, multi-disciplinary opera and music theater. As a prime example of its … »Read


A Sonic Wall at National Sawdust

January 9, 2019 | Clive Paget, Musical America
An established artist and co-founder of ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble), the Chinese-born American composer Huang Ruo is a perfect match for National Sawdust’s FERUS festival, defined as “a showcase of untamed voices.” … »Read


4.48 Psychosis As Harrowing Night at the Opera

January 8, 2019 | Clive Paget, Musical America
Sarah Kane was one of the brightest of comets, a blazing talent who set the British theatrical firmament ablaze with five extraordinary and visceral plays written between 1995 and 1999. Though her debut, the scabrous and uncompromising Blasted , … »Read


New Book on Opera Bemoans 'The State of the Art' in 825 pp

January 3, 2019 | George Loomis, Musical America
As many may surmise, the title of Conrad L. Osborne’s massive tome-- Opera as Opera: The State of the Art --was prompted by Joseph Kerman’s Opera as Drama , a work first published in 1956 that, among other things, influenced certain … »Read


Met Adriana Soars with an Unbeatable Cast

January 3, 2019 | George Loomis, Musical America
The Metropolitan Opera introduced its fourth and last new production of the current season on New Year’s Eve with Francesco Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur , an opera many will associate with critical scorn of long standing. Indeed, half a … »Read




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