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Opera North’s Street Scene Is Brilliant, Save for One Glaring Flaw

January 24, 2020 | Mark Valencia, Musical America
LEEDS—Kurt Weill’s 1949 urban tragedy falls between two generic stools and has been made to suffer for it. Is it opera or musical theater? What kind of voice does it need, classically trained or Broadway belter? Does music drive the … » Read
 

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Flower Power: Julia Wolfe Explodes the 1960s

January 21, 2020 | Richard S. Ginell, Musical America
LOS ANGELES –-The events, personalities and issues of the 1960s—the riots, the assassinations, the Beatles, drugs, free love, Vietnam, feminism, black power, etc.—have been publicized so much as to nearly lose their power to … » Read
 

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At Prototype, Rev. 23. Why?

January 20, 2020 | Clive Paget, Musical America
The greatest operas are those in which outstanding music is wed to a powerful, poetic libretto. Contemporary examples include John Adams’s work with Alice Goodman ( Nixon in China , The Death of Klinghoffer ), or George Benjamin’s … » Read
 

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Prototype: Ellen West Gets Its NY Debut, plus a Collage of Women's Voices

January 16, 2020 | Clive Paget, Musical America
If it’s January it must be Prototype. Now in its eighth year, New York’s laboratory for original opera and music theater works goes from strength to strength, a combination of artistic savvy, raw passion, and a feeling for the … » Read
 

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Wozzeck: A Night at the Opera Not Soon Forgotten

December 30, 2019 | Clive Paget, Musical America
For opera to retain its relevance today it needs to be either timely or timeless. Alban Berg’s Wozzeck (1925), based on Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck , one of the most ahead-of-its-time plays ever written, happens to be both. An … » Read
 

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Christmas at the Cloisters with the Crossing

December 26, 2019 | Clive Paget, Musical America
For those tired of the seasonal same old, same old, The Crossing’s Christmas offering might not have looked that festive on paper, but it certainly gave pause for thought. For its December 21 concert in the atmospheric surrounds of the … » Read
 
 

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