When singers call in sick
Talking with singers: John Brancy
Talking with singers: Ailyn Pérez
"I would tell everybody that the work is real," she says with a laugh. "Just because now you've sung at the Metropolitan Opera or have a new production, or have reached your dream role...the work still remains." Pérez describes it as having to "reintroduce yourself all the time," taking charge of her own professional choices and constantly looking ahead to the next project.Read More
In review: Peter & Deutsch at Wigmore Hall
Peter and Deutsch chose songs that were a blatant reminder of just how tender-hearted men can be, especially concerning the opposite sex. There seemed a theme of lavishing praise on women, and Peter had us convinced that he was a true heart-on-his-sleeve romantic.Read More
2017/18 at the Met: are conservative seasons the way to go?
By far, the coolest thing on the Met's new season line-up is Thomas Adès The Exterminating Angel, when the composer himself will conduct a cast that includes the likes of Audrey Luna, Alice Coote, and Iestyn Davies. The opera seems to be the token new work of the season, like Saariaho's L'amour de loin was in 2016.Read More
The best bad meal in London: the Faulty Towers Dining Experience
It's an evening full of scripted sketches and impressive improvisation alike, all three characters constantly interacting with the guests. Diners were scolded for "hanky panky" at the table, reprimanded for taking too long to eat their soup, and they made room under the table for hiding Basils. Manuel caused wave after wave of eye rolls with his hilarious lost-in-translation antics, and the simmering domestic dispute between Basil and Sybil was anything but subtle.Read More
The weird mystery of the Met's "diva directors"
This paragraph seems dangerously presumptuous, and more than a little insulting to Meyers. It's quite a thing to say, that a director was entirely uninvolved in a singer's performance, and to credit a singer with being the saving grace of a production. It's a simple case of problematic journalism: how does Jorden know that Damrau's performance wasn't guided by Meyers?Read More
Talking with singers: Tara Erraught
"I also adore singing Hansel, as I feel like I play exactly as my brother was when we were children, and let me tell you, boys have more fun! (They don't care about keeping their clothes clean, or sitting up straight, or how their hair looks... they just eat, play and are merry!)"Read More
When singers call in sick
A singer's best publicity is their work. Great singing begets more opportunities, and poor singing begets bad reputations. There are plenty of reasons not to sing while sick: it can do damage to your vocal folds, it can make you stay sicker for longer, and it means you lose a paycheque. But when a singer has to decide, to sing or not to sing, the decision often hinges on the performance they think they can give.Read More
A response to "our response"
So is it enough to simply lay down Bernstein's words every time tragedy strikes? No. And while beauty is important in art, art also must challenge, alert and stimulate its performers and listeners, opening our minds to new, diverse thoughts, connecting us to our common humanity, reflecting the darkness of our times and motivating us into action. Activists have already started their marches worldwide: the Women's Marches, most recently the anti-wall marches in Mexico, and anti-Islamophobia marches in Toronto.Read More
4 great love duets & why they're awkward
Yet Cio-Cio San is singing about life-long marriage and the happiness and stability it would bring her; Pinkerton is really singing about experiencing the world, marvelling at the obedience and admiration in the eyes of his young Japanese wife and getting excited to have some exotic sex with her. And never forget that line about Cio-Cio San being fifteen years old...yikes.Read More
Don't miss: the Amici Ensemble reimagines Don Giovanni
Insiring the concert's title, Don Giovanni Reimagined, the Amici ensemble presents Josef Triebensee's arrangement; the Bohemian oboist and composer reduced Mozar'ts opera, scoring it for a chamber ensemble of wind instruments, and enough singers to cover the short selection of numbers from the opera.Read More