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The kink’s English

The kink’s English

The kink’s English A new production of La traviata by Daniel Kramer, the current artistic director of ENO, brings fresh ideas to the classic drama, contrasting the opulent party scenes with a stark setting of the country house, echoing Violetta emotional journey. Oddities related to the translation and an unbalanced cast, though,  prevent the show from achieving complete success.  With the Royal Opera House keeps reviving the 25 years old Richard Eyre production (next season ... Read More »

Ain’t it a pretty opening night?

Ain’t it a pretty opening night?

Ain’t it a pretty opening night? On this day in 1999 the Metropolitan Opera offered its first production of Carlisle Floyd‘s Susannah, starring Renée Fleming, Samuel Ramey and Jerry Hadley (not pictured). Martin Bernheimer in Opera: As the victimized heroine who depends on the kindness of preachers, Renée Fleming sang exquisitely – ah, those high pianissimo flights. Unfortunately, she overdid the nasal twang and settled for wan interpretative generalities until the finale, in which she ... Read More »

Wagner is controversial

Wagner is controversial A lot of people don't like Wagner; he&039;s a divisive presence, and seems almost to relish playing a villainous role. But there&039;s no denying the force of his talent. I&039;m talking, of course, about star University of Michigan basketball player Moritz "Moe" Wagner. This post goes out to Eli Goldstine. Source: Music-1 Wagner is controversial Read More »

Garden variety

Garden variety

Garden variety Surprising Michal Czerniawski. A small-scale concert performance of Handel’s Amadigi di Gaula by the Opera Settecento orchestra last Saturday night at St. George—Handel&8217;s own parish church—fit perfectly into the venue, thanks to Leo Duarte‘s expansive conducting and a strong cast.  In baroque opera, with sparse dynamics and articulation marks written on the score, the approach taken by the conductor and orchestra own personality can make a huge difference. This time dynamics were somewhere ... Read More »

The best of everything

The best of everything

The best of everything Shout-out to Peter Gelb: Kill to get back Kirill! Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper has been on a roll lately being dubbed by the New York Times the “world’s best opera company.” But its leadership is moving on but first a victory lap at Carnegie Hall which concluded Thursday night with a sumptuous Der Rosenkavalier spectacularly conducted by Kirill Petrenko, the soon-to-be new music director of the Berlin Philharmonic.  As opera has been ... Read More »

The Iteration Project is Giving You the Choreography Pen Pal You've Always Wanted

The Iteration Project is Giving You the Choreography Pen Pal You've Always Wanted

The Iteration Project is Giving You the Choreography Pen Pal You've Always Wanted As most creativity/productivity/goal-achieving advice columns will tell you, accountability is key to success—it helps you show up and do the hard work on the days when you really, really don’t want to. But what if you’re, say, a choreographer who doesn’t live in a major dance center and therefore don’t have that built-in community support? Cue The Iteration Project , an online ... Read More »

Do I Really Need a Dramaturg?

Do I Really Need a Dramaturg?

{$inline_image} Do I Really Need a Dramaturg? Clare Croft, a dance dramaturg and assistant professor of dance at University of Michigan, answers all our questions on what dramaturgs actually do, and how to best take advantage of one. The Bottom Line: More choreographers should probably be using them. Clare Croft What does a dance dramaturg do? The primary job is to support the choreographer and creative team by helping them do research, like tracking down ... Read More »

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