Orfeo ed Euridice • Met Opera

[…] The key to the magic of this production lies in Mark Morris’s astounding musicality. Every inflection of Gluck’s glorious score and libretto is brought to life with poetic subtlety, never ever slipping into heavy-handed melodrama, always true to the essential baroque aim to strive for dignity, grace and perfect form.  What he has given us, then, is a jewel of a Gesamtkunstwerk. […]

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Liederabend at Juilliard with Lila Duffy, Michael McDermott and Eirin Rognerud

Attending a student recital at Juilliard is always a special treat: you get to witness enthusiastic young artists who are preposterously accomplished for their age explore new grounds and take chances in the nurturing environment of their home turf. Of course, the pressure is always “on” for a live performance, but these intimate recitals take place in a fairly relaxed atmosphere, like a trial run, and you can feel the supporting presence of the singers’ peers in the room. What better way is there to carefully hone their craft and their stage presence? And what better way for an audience to renew their appreciation of their Fach? [...]

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Verdi's Macbeth • Met Opera

[…] Many directors’ approach to opera is based on their own ideas, but I would argue that a director’s primal duty is not at all to present ideas– that is the realm of the authors – but to give us a thoroughly thought-through presentation and possibly interpretation of an existing work. […]

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