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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 »

Atonement

Atonement

Atonement As readers of parterre box may know, I am not inclined to write sympathetically of Sondra Radvanovsky. I have found her voice tinny, ugly, and often unhinged and intractable. And in a recent review of Aida at the Met, I compared her unfavorably to Anna Netrebko.  But now I must eat my words. And I am happy to do so, because there’s nothing better than a diva asserting her authority, shoving her relevance down my throat. ... Read More »

Master peace

Master peace

Master peace In 1962, commissioned to mark the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral, Benjamin Britten wrote War Requiem, Op. 66, a massive choral work where he set the traditional Latin Mass of the Dead interspersed with nine poems about war by English poet Wilfred Owen.  The requirement for this work is truly enormous, as it is scored for soprano, tenor and baritone soloists, chorus, boys’ choir, organ, and two orchestras (a full orchestra and a ... Read More »

Dishonored in the breach

Dishonored in the breach

Dishonored in the breach As much as we like to believe it does, opera doesn’t always “work,” and if you go in to an opera dead-set on pointing that out, then you’re 1) a problem and 2) misusing your free time – nap at home next time!  Uneven operas, like Verdi’s Ernani, which just recently finished its Scala run, more often work as theatre on the micro level than the macro. The music can’t always compensate ... Read More »

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