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Madness on the moors!

Madness on the moors!

Madness on the moors! The new cast at the Met suggested an alliterative retitling of Lucia di Lammermoor was needed—perhaps Lost Loonies in Love or its Italian equivalent?  Pretty Yende’s uneven, recessive heroine wasn’t the only one to lose her marbles as Michael Fabiano’s brash, blunt Edgardo also demonstrated that psychopharmocologists would have had their hands full in mid-19th century Scotland. Thank the Donizetti deities for Roberto Abbado whose taut conducting kept the wild ride on ... Read More »

There’s a queen waiting there with a silvery crown

There’s a queen waiting there with a silvery crown

There’s a queen waiting there with a silvery crown On this day in 1996 the 25th Anniversary Gala for conductor James Levine (not pictured) took place at the Met. Ah the memories!  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQQY6GP5Pn0 Happy 75th birthday soprano Judith Blegen. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubgXJAwMh2g Happy 65th birthday soprano Ilona Tokody. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfGKTInE7OA Source: Music-2 There’s a queen waiting there with a silvery crown Read More »

How To Cope If You're Being Bullied

How To Cope If You're Being Bullied

How To Cope If You're Being Bullied Being bullied, unfortunately, is still a common experience among dance students, particularly male dance students. But there are a variety of strategies that you can use to help deal with difficult emotions and restore self-confidence. 1. Focus on your passion. Whether it’s dance or something else, we all have something that gets us fired up and makes us excited about life. “Focus on that as hard as you ... Read More »

Songs of disappointment

Songs of disappointment

Songs of disappointment He’s the kind of gallant, broad-smiling vocalist you can easily see complimenting your mom and meaning it. Lawrence Brownlee, star tenor of stage and NFL games, wholehearted salsa enthusiast, bringer of Autism Awareness, is a real “pillar of the community.”  He&8217;s the kind of gallant, broad-smiling vocalist you can easily see complimenting your mom and meaning it, gumming down her potato-leek stew, blithely answering your brother’s questions about that “weird oowa-oowa-oowa” thing ... Read More »

#TBT: *NSYNC's 5 Best Dance Moments in Honor of Their Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

#TBT: *NSYNC's 5 Best Dance Moments in Honor of Their Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

#TBT: *NSYNC's 5 Best Dance Moments in Honor of Their Hollywood Walk of Fame Star The revival of everything ’90s has been in full-swing for a while now—we saw Destiny’s Child reunite at Coachella, Britney Spears is headed back on tour , and the Spice Girls miiight be performing at the Royal wedding next month. But Hollywood saved the best ’90s moment for last, bringing *NSYNC back together to receive their official star on the ... Read More »

As the Gibney Empire Expands, So Does the Dance Company

As the Gibney Empire Expands, So Does the Dance Company

As the Gibney Empire Expands, So Does the Dance Company Gina Gibney runs two enormous dance spaces in New York City: Together they contain 23 studios, five performance spaces, a gallery, a conference room, a media lab and more. Gibney is now probably the largest dance center in the country. It’s not surprising that Dance Magazine named Gina Gibney one of the most influential people in dance today. The new branding calls for it to ... Read More »

“It all depends on whose ox is being gored”

“It all depends on whose ox is being gored”

“It all depends on whose ox is being gored” One thing Norman Lebrecht does better than anyone in the business: whipping up a racist frenzy.  And, of course, even in a racist frenzy, Lebrecht in his primary role of willfully ignorant blithering idiot manages to get the most salient fact wrong. The big reveal of La Juive is that Rachel is, in fact, not Jewish at all but rather the long-lost daughter of Cardinal de Brogni. ... Read More »

The queen’s throat

The queen’s throat

The queen’s throat “Trove Thursday ” presents one of the most successful German romantic operas between Weber and Wagner: Heinrich Marschner’s Hans Heiling in a 2001 performance from Berlin conducted by Christian Thielemann and featuring Alessandra Marc as the title character’s mom, the Queen of the Elves.  If anyone remembers Marschner today it’s probably for Der Vampyr which is occasionally still revived no doubt due to its sanguine subject matter. Leon Botstein conducted an enjoyable ... Read More »

Bless this day

Bless this day

Bless this day On this day in 2007: the Metropolitan Opera debut of tenor Lawrence Brownlee as Almaviva.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQ8-0uxLFe0 On this day in 1970 Stephen Sondheim’s musical Company opened on at the Alvin Theatre, to run 705 performances. Birthday anniversary of playwright and poet William Shakespeare (baptismal day in 1564). //www.youtube.com/watch?v=za4OPxQYWi4 Happy 48th birthday soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwTWsA6LqL4 Source: Music-2 Bless this day Read More »

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