We are here to encourage the development of gifted young singers and to stimulate the growth of New York City's invaluable chamber opera companies. But we will not neglect the Metropolitan Opera either. Get ready for bouquets and brickbats.

Monday, April 23, 2012


Having criticized the direction of Macbeth at the Met, I am happy to report that the very fine Aquila Theatre is presenting a coherent production of this Shakespeare tragedy at the Judson Memorial Church.  Director Desiree Sanchez, who also did the production design, has given us a traditional and unfussy performance that allowed the words and phrasing of the actors to register as operatic.  There was no scenery to speak of but the imaginative lighting by Artistic Director Peter Meineck succeeded in creating space and time.  

This affecting production stood head and shoulders above a modern dress hip-hop version of Julius Caesar seen earlier this week in which the multi-media affectations distracted from the telling of the tale and left me feeling vaguely unsatisfied.  Don’t miss this fulfilling evening of the bard’s best; you’ll be sorry if you do.

Who can say why such talent is blooming barely seen in a church basement while the Met is hiring incompetent superstars who give us productions that can’t seem to tell an honest tale!

© meche kroop

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