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May 13   -  

Elektra in Philadelphia

Surely one of our more pressing problems is how to get enough Elektra. It is a work of such knotty awesomeness that it strains the ability of our sad little earholes to take it all in, and dropping the orchestra in a pit doesn't help matters either. ...

May 8   -  

I happen to have Julie Taymor right here...

From Gualtier Malde in comments at Parterre, reporting on the Wagner's Dream premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival: A big moment came when an audience member compared the Mets trials with the problems Julie Taymor went through in ...

May 3   -  

The Giovetti Affair

This business is obviously ridiculous, but also kind of endearing. Gelb's feelings are hurt by a friggin' blog post criticizing him and his $16M production? Clearly the adage about all publicity being good publicity is not true in all walks of ...

May 3   -  

Nabucco at WNO

Washington audiences got a glimpse of a rare creature last Saturday night, a new WNO production, and of a local rarity, Verdi's Nabucco. For those of you who were in my Nabucco virgin boat before the weekend: plot-wise it is easily bucketed with other ...

April 29   -  

Vec Makropulos at the Met

Karita Mattila made a long-awaited Met appearance as Emilia Marty, the 337 year old protagonist of Janacek's penultimate opera, Saturday night, and the powerful logic of Mattila in this role was again clear to all. Her Marty is a personality ...

April 23   -  

The Death of...Photofinishing

Via Brad Plumer, the top ten "dying" industries in the United States by decline in revenue, industry participants, forecast decline in revenue, and some other stuff (original report here): Photofinishing Newspaper publishing Appliance repair DVD, ...

April 17   -  

Rachel Barton Pine at Wolf Trap

And for the finale to last week's concert mini-marathon, we saw violinist Rachel Barton Pine at Wolf Trap, with Matthew Hagle on keys, in a program of sonatas of Mendelssohn, Villa Lobos, Strauss, and a relatively new work for solo violin by the ...

April 13   -  

Quatour Diotima at the French Embassy

Quatour Diotima presented the contemporary side of their Washington double bill at the French embassy Thursday night (the "hits" side took place at the LoC last night, though I was not in attendance). The evening featured very recent works by Oscar ...

April 12   -  

Antonacci Sings Faure, Hahn, Respighi at the Kennedy Center

I must admit that I was only dimly aware of Anna Caterina Antonacci prior to her current "Best Kept European Secretin America" tour, which, following a deliriously praised show at Alice Tully over the weekend, culminated in a stop at the Kennedy ...

March 26   -  

Washington Bach Consort plays the Art of the Fugue

Washington Bach Consort provided a rather unique opportunity to hear the entirety of the Art of the Fugue in concert Sunday afternoon--one that was not forsaken by Washington Bach lovers, who sold out the house. The Art of the Fugue, great summit of ...
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