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 →

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 →

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 →