Alfie Boe and Pete Townsend rock in "Classic Quadrophenia"

VIEWPOINTS – The legacy of The Who lives on in divergent renditions of TOMMY and QUADROPHENIA

On recent back-to-back nights (yesterday and Sunday), I had the opportunity to experience two of The Who’s most famous rock operas, Tommy and Quadrophenia, in divergent renditions that made me consider these … Continue Reading →


Kristin Sampson in New York City Opera’s production of Puccini’s “La Fanciulla del West”

THE HANGOVER REPORT – The rarely-performed LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST is given a solid treatment by New York City Opera

Yesterday I caught a rare production Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West, an operatic adaptation of David Belasco’s play The Golden Girl of the West (I had only previously seen the … Continue Reading →


Christopher Maltman and company in "Don Giovanni"

THE HANGOVER REPORT – Ivan Fischer’s riveting DON GIOVANNI is opera at its most potent

I had missed Ivan Fischer’s acclaimed, stripped-down production of Don Giovanni when it last graced New York in 2011 as part of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. However, in subsequent … Continue Reading →


Patricia Racette in the title role of "Salome" at the Metropolitan Opera

THE HANGOVER REPORT – Patricia Racette’s raw performance lifts the Met’s SALOME

Richard Strauss’s lurid and luscious Salome has long been one of my sentimental favorites in the operatic repertoire. Strauss’s powerful, sensuous opera is one that exudes, at least for me, … Continue Reading →


Anna Netrebko in "Manon Lescaut" at The Metropolitan Opera

VIEWPOINTS – Women rule the world at The Met: Anna Netrebko triumphs in MANON LESCAUT and Kaija Saariaho’s L’AMOUR DE LOIN mesmerizes

This past week, women certainly ruled the world at the Met, with Anna Netrebko triumphing in the title role of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, as well as the premiere of Kaija … Continue Reading →


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THE HANGOVER REPORT – New York City Opera’s FALLUJAH by Tobin Stokes makes an impact despite being didactic

The resuscitated New York City Opera continues to search for its artistic niche with its production of Tobin Stokes’ Fallujah, a new opera that attempts to depict the horrors of … Continue Reading →


Gideon Irving in "My Name Is Gideon: I'm Probably Going to Die" at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

VIEWPOINTS – A recent crop of divergent solo performances fearlessly peer into the soul the artist

Solo performances, particularly autobiographical ones, can be sacred experiences for all concerned. The act of opening oneself up so that others can observe one’s deepest fears and sensitive vulnerabilities takes tremendous … Continue Reading →


The company of "Guillaume Tell" at The Metropolitan Opera

THE HANGOVER REPORT – The Met’s stylish new production of Rossini’s epic GUILLAUME TELL impresses with its superb cast

It’s been about 85 years since The Metropolitan Opera has staged Guillaume Tell, Rossini’s epic 39th and final opera. With the quality of the cast that the mighty Met has … Continue Reading →


Kristin Chenoweth in "My Love Letter to Broadway" at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

THE HANGOVER REPORT – KRISTIN CHENOWETH’S love letter to Broadway is sweet and sassy

Kristin Chenoweth is at an interesting juncture in her career – no longer Broadway’s brassy ingénue, and not quite ready to graduate to a more mature persona. Therefore, why not put … Continue Reading →


Oksana Dyka, Karita Mattila, and the company of "Jenufa" at The Metropolitan Opera

THE HANGOVER REPORT – Despite an ailing singer, last night’s searing performance of JENUFA at the Met was the perfect Halloween treat

While folks were out trick or treating last night, I spent my Halloween at the Metropolitan Opera, where I caught a searing performance of Leoš Janáček’s Jenufa. Appropriate for the … Continue Reading →