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Mark Your Calendars: October's Must-See Shows, According to Our Editors

Mark Your Calendars: October's Must-See Shows, According to Our Editors

Mark Your Calendars: October's Must-See Shows, According to Our Editors From an indie rock collaboration to major anniversary celebrations to yet another retelling of the Orpheus myth, the fall performance season has fully hit its stride. Here are the six shows we have on our calendars. Orchestrating the Underworld LONDON Wayne McGregor will be spending a lot of time in the underworld this season. Inferno, the first act of his next full-length for The Royal ... Read More »

Sparkle, Lyric, sparkle!

Sparkle, Lyric, sparkle!

Sparkle, Lyric, sparkle! His friend says “This must be hard for you.” The actor replies, “Oh no, dying is easy. Comedy is hard.” Lyric Opera of Chicago last night opened its 65th season with a stellar production of Rossini’s warhorse comic opera The Barber of Seville (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) that made the comedy look easy. A stellar cast of remarkable singing farceurs, inventive choreography and direction by Rob Ashford and revival director Tara Faircloth ... Read More »

The Philadelphia stories

The Philadelphia stories

The Philadelphia stories “Force-of-nature” recitalist Karen Slack. Each of two vocal recitals at the Curtis Institute paired a distinguished alum with a promising senior student. Curtis in Concert #1: Rachel Sterrenberg and Sophia Hunt, sopranos; Grant Loehnig, pianist This recital, subtitled “The Heart of a Woman,” imaginatively brought together songs and duets by female composers across a huge historical and stylistic range, with a thematic focus on women and relationships. The two performers are good ... Read More »

Peek Inside Three Major Costume Shops of Ballet, Broadway and Ballroom

Peek Inside Three Major Costume Shops of Ballet, Broadway and Ballroom

Peek Inside Three Major Costume Shops of Ballet, Broadway and Ballroom In much the same way that choreography and performance create a storyline, costumes can transport an audience into a certain mood or time period with fabrics alone. Three costume departments gave us an inside look at how they prep for ballets, Broadway shows and performances on the road. None None None None None None None None None Marc Happel, Director of Costumes at New ... Read More »

Sleeper

Sleeper

Sleeper Fans of Italian opera were spoiled for choice on Saturday evening: at the Met, the Netrebko-crowned Macbeth took to the stage for its second performance of the season, while just a few blocks away, at the Gerald Lynch Theater, Teatro Grattacielo presented its 25th Anniversary Gala Concert. For those who tire of the perpetual cycles of Macbeths, Turandots, and Traviatas on opera’s main stages, Teatro Grattacielo was the perfect ticket, offering a fresh and ... Read More »

Martin Bernheimer 1936-2019

Martin Bernheimer 1936-2019

Martin Bernheimer 1936-2019 It’s a very sad day at parterre box because we have just heard that critic Martin Bernheimer has died, on the day after his 83rd birthday. Martin was the earliest mainstream critic to take notice of the then-zine version of parterre box and over the years he was both encouraging and ruthless in his evaluations of our work—just as he was with three generations of opera and other classical music performances. Source: ... Read More »

If I had a photograph of you

If I had a photograph of you

If I had a photograph of you In fact, I bet we could have passed around a collection plate years ago and hired someone to drive it out of town under cover of darkness and shoot it. It was Hollywood-schmaltzy (directed by Herbert Ross ( of all people…Turning Point, Footloose, Steel Magnolias) and overly obvious but then what Boheme isn’t? The answer to that question is unequivocally the production that is now on the boards ... Read More »

Here I stand, the goddess of desire

Here I stand, the goddess of desire

Here I stand, the goddess of desire “I don’t like to be my own audience, I find that being my own audience, being in the audience, makes me self-conscious, basically. So I tune in sometimes, with the sound off, to check it out and I back up to it. In the future I will look at it when some time has passed.” //www.youtube.com/watch?v=dd5-2IMwALA On this day in 1965 soprano Mirella Freni and tenor Gianni Raimondi ... Read More »

I feel your thane

I feel your thane

I feel your thane Says his bio: “Craig Colclough begins his 2019-2020 season joining the roster of The Metropolitan Opera, covering the title role in Macbeth, which he then performs at Opera Vlaanderen. He returns to Arizona Opera for a role debut as Bishop Dyer in Riders of the Purple Sage, and to Los Angeles Opera for the title role in Le nozze di Figaro. Next season includes performances with Washington National Opera and Opera ... Read More »

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