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Murder on the orientation express

Murder on the orientation express

Murder on the orientation express The saying goes that no one hits a home run with their first opera. Rufus Wainwright seemed determined to prove this point and then some with Prima Donna, with its risibly clichéd libretto and music that was a pale imitation of Adriana Lecouvreur.  Leaving himself only room to go up, he has done more than merely improve on his first effort with Hadrian, his second opera. This time around, he is not ... Read More »

Bohemienne

Bohemienne

Bohemienne On this day in 1975, Régine Crespin sang her first Met Carmen. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=47JiSrHkoVQ Peter G. Davis in the London Times: Perhaps the most arresting and controversial performance to be seen at the Met to date this season is Régine Crespin’s Carmen, a role she had previously recorded and sung in concert but never before onstage. Crespin&8217;s Carmen is one of inexhaustible fascination and consistent vocal allure. Few would deny the latter, for the soprano ... Read More »

A past recaptured

A past recaptured

A past recaptured It’s a lucky thing the Tudors are long extinct; there’s no one to protest the High Victorian cultural appropriation of The Yeomen of the Guard.  The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players (NYGASP to its friends) is giving Sullivan’s most operatic score a dusting off (or should one say dusting-up?) at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter, with all the score’s frequent cuts opened and every number in place, costumed and staged as ... Read More »

Have I got a girl for you

Have I got a girl for you

Have I got a girl for you My honest reaction when I heard that a reverse-gender Company was being planned for the West End was exhaustion. Like, is this what we’re doing now, Sondheim-wise? At what point should we just admit we’re bored with the work?  What’s next, Mandy Patinkin manically serving meat pies and Cockney diphthongs as Mr. Lovett? Donna Murphy finishing the hat in Sunday in the Park With George (But It’s a ... Read More »

What to Do If You Think a Fellow Dancer Is Having a Mental Health Crisis

What to Do If You Think a Fellow Dancer Is Having a Mental Health Crisis

What to Do If You Think a Fellow Dancer Is Having a Mental Health Crisis When it comes to mental health, dancers are the ones on the frontlines trying to support each other. Many find themselves routinely confronted with concerns for their friends. Maybe it’s the dancer down the barre who you know is cutting, or the partner who only speaks about himself with disparagement and disgust. According to Dr. Sharon Chirban, a sports psychologist ... Read More »

6 Pastel Painting Tips — Feather Dusters Will Be Involved

6 Pastel Painting Tips — Feather Dusters Will Be Involved Whatever pastel problem is giving you grief, chances are, many other painters have been there, too. That means there are solutions already out there that can help. Here, you’ll discover proven pastel hacks and tips that can simplify some common painting problems. The post 6 Pastel Painting Tips &8212; Feather Dusters Will Be Involved appeared first on Artists Network. Source: Fine #art 6 Pastel Painting ... Read More »

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