Thomas Dausgaard leads a performance of Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis" at David Geffen Hall.

THE HANGOVER REPORT – Thomas Dausgaard leads the Swedish forces in a magnificent performance of Beethoven’s MISSA SOLEMNIS

This past Sunday, I was lucky to attend a truly magnificent performance of Beethoven’s choral masterwork Missa Solemnis from the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Swedish Radio Choir at David Geffen Hall. … Continue Reading →


Hiroshi Sugimoto's newly-commissioned noh drama "Rikyu-Enoura" at Japan Society.

THE HANGOVER REPORT – The newly-commissioned noh drama RIKYU-ENOURA at Japan Society is transporting

Last year, I immersed myself in the tradition of Japanese noh when the highly-regarded Kanze Noh Theatre graced New York to partake in the 2016 Lincoln Center Festival. It was … Continue Reading →


Mark Morris Dance Group and Silk Road Ensemble's "Layla and Majnun" at the Rose Theatre, courtesy of Lincoln Center's White Light Festival.

THE HANGOVER REPORT – Mark Morris’s choreographic interpretation of LAYLA AND MAJNUN captivates in Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival

I recently caught the closing performance of Mark Morris’s utterly captivating Layla and Majnun, which had its New York premiere this past week under the auspices of Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival … Continue Reading →


Jessica Tyler Wright and Lisa Chavez in Tobias Picker's "Dolores Claiborne" courtesy of New York City Opera at 59E59 Theaters.

THE HANGOVER REPORT – NYCO’s intimate operatic adaptation of DOLORES CLAIBORNE by Tobias Picker fails to ignite

The discerning New York theatergoer can easily get into the Halloween spirit by attending any number of carefully curated productions. Thomas Ostermeier’s devilish mounting of Richard III at BAM, Dave Malloy’s pungent song … Continue Reading →


Sir David McVicar's new production of Bellini's "Norma" at the Metropolitan Opera.

THE HANGOVER REPORT – David McVicar’s new production of NORMA for the Met is grounded and theatrically satisfying

Last night, I finally caught up with Sir David McVicar’s new production of Bellini’s Norma at the Metropolitan Opera, replacing John Copley’s dismal 2001 staging. Happily, the new production by Mr. … Continue Reading →


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THE HANGOVER REPORT – Pierre Boulez’s RÉPONS at the Park Avenue Armory is an enveloping experience

The late Pierre Boulez’s Répons made its first “proper” New York appearance in more than a decade this past weekend at the Park Avenue Armory. It was an enveloping musical … Continue Reading →


Rod Gilfry and Alexander Lewis in Matthew Aucoin's "Crossing" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

THE HANGOVER REPORT – Matthew Aucoin’s CROSSING is that rare new opera of the first order

This past weekend, I attended the closing performance of Matthew Aucoin’s tremendous new opera Crossing, one of headliners of this fall’s ongoing Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. In … Continue Reading →


Julie Taymor's production of "The Magic Flute" at the Metropolitan Opera

THE HANGOVER REPORT – Maestro Levine leads a noble account of DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE at the Met

Tonight, I caught the opening night performance of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte led by the Metropolitan Opera’s esteemed longtime maestro, James Levine. In recent years, Mr. Levine has suffered a series of health … Continue Reading →


Vittorio Grigolo leads "Les Contes d'Hoffmann" at the Metropolitan Opera

THE HANGOVER REPORT – The thrilling Vittorio Grigolo leads a coolly menacing LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN

Is it that time of year again? With this past Monday’s premiere of David McVicar’s new production of Bellini’s Norma, the Met’s 2017-2018 season was off and running. Last night, I … Continue Reading →


Miah Persson and Roderick Williams in Michel van der Aa's "Blank Out" at the Park Avenue Armory

THE HANGOVER REPORT – Michel van der Aa’s immersive BLANK OUT at the Park Avenue Armory is a triumph of concept and execution

Tonight, I caught the penultimate performance of Michel van der Aa’s immersive Blank Out at the Park Avenue Armory. Over the years, the Armory has become one of the key purveyors of must-see … Continue Reading →