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How This Designer Shapes What Audiences See Onstage

How This Designer Shapes What Audiences See Onstage

How This Designer Shapes What Audiences See Onstage He may not be a household name, but you probably know Brandon Stirling Baker’s work. The 30-year-old has designed the lighting for most of Justin Peck’s ballets—including Heatscape for Miami City Ballet, and the edgy The Times Are Racing for New York City Ballet—but also Jamar Roberts’ new Members Don’t Get Weary at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and a trio of Martha Graham duets for L.A. ... Read More »

BASTA: Yet more buzz

BASTA: Yet more buzz

BASTA: Yet more buzz That must be Laetitia Casta clicking up the steps in vintage Schiaparelli. Entering Porky’s, the renowned rehearsal space on 880 Broadway where the Big Apple Singing Theater Association would be hosting much of its supernumerary practice for its upcoming production of Bison Don’t Cry, you’d think you were setting foot in a shopping mall, that’s how tension-inducing it was.  Even dauntless Evan Ingersoll felt his nerves beginning to mount. “We’re floor three, right?” he ... Read More »

Da drang aus meinem Stöhnen ein Laut so klagevoll

Da drang aus meinem Stöhnen ein Laut so klagevoll

Da drang aus meinem Stöhnen ein Laut so klagevoll On this day in 1967 soprano Elisabeth Grümmer made her Metropolitan Opera debut on tour in Boston, as Elsa.  Michael Steinberg in the Boston Globe: Elisabeth Grümmer, better known in America from records than through actual performance, brought to the role of Elsa an appropriate radiance of person, a clear and bright soprano used with good reserves of power, a technical finesse and with intelligent sense ... Read More »

We All Need To Hear Carlos Acosta's Great Advice For His Kids

We All Need To Hear Carlos Acosta's Great Advice For His Kids

We All Need To Hear Carlos Acosta's Great Advice For His Kids What does it take to become an international superstar? Carlos Acosta might have a few ideas. At the Oxford Literary Festival earlier this month, the BBC sat down with Acosta to ask for his life lessons. His answers—which he says he will pass on to his kids one day—give incredible insight into how he’s become such a beloved worldwide success. 1. Keep Challenging ... Read More »

Ballet Unbound: SFB's 17-Day Festival Asks Where the Art Form is Headed

Ballet Unbound: SFB's 17-Day Festival Asks Where the Art Form is Headed

Ballet Unbound: SFB's 17-Day Festival Asks Where the Art Form is Headed The ballet world will converge on San Francisco this month for San Francisco Ballet’s Unbound: A Festival of New Works, a 17-day event featuring 12 world premieres, a symposium, original dance films and pop-up events. “Ballet is going through changes,” says artistic director Helgi Tomasson. “I thought, What would it be like to bring all these choreographers together in one place? Would I ... Read More »

The perfect use of an imperfect medium

The perfect use of an imperfect medium

The perfect use of an imperfect medium They let their golden chances pass them by. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel is a work of inarguable genius, so perfectly crafted that it almost feels impossible to mess up. If you don’t believe me, then head on down to the Imperial Theater, where Carousel is receiving a Broadway revival in a simple, cautious production that still manages to pack an emotional wallop.  Based on the play Liliom by Ferenc Molnár, ... Read More »

Season of the Witch

Season of the Witch

Season of the Witch After Handel’s Teseo  and Lully’s Thésée,  that murdering mom Medea finally gets top billing. Cherubini’s most famous work Médée hasn’t often been done in its original opera-comique incarnation so today’s “Trove Thursday” offers a pair of live broadcasts of the drastic 19th century revision by Franz Lachner featuring two compelling mid-20th century divas—Inge Borkh in German and Eileen Farrell in Italian.  Given this frequently used edition, few probably recall that this great opera ... Read More »

Bolshoi Dancers Denied Visas to Perform at YAGP Gala in NYC

Bolshoi Dancers Denied Visas to Perform at YAGP Gala in NYC

Bolshoi Dancers Denied Visas to Perform at YAGP Gala in NYC Several weeks ago, Youth American Grand Prix announced that the lineup for tonight’s Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow gala at Lincoln Center’s Koch Theater would include Bolshoi Ballet principal Olga Smirnova and first soloist Jacopo Tissi. But an article in Page Six published last night states that Smirnova and Tissi were denied visas to enter the US. YAGP organizers “believe the ... Read More »

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