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, October 30, 2017
TRIPPLE WHAMMY AT THE MORGAN LIBRARY
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Labels: Jerome Kern, Leah Crocetto, Liszt, Mark Markham, Rachmaninoff Oscar Hammerstein, Richard Rodgers, Schubert, The George London Foundation for Singers, The Morgan Library, Verdi, Zachary Nelson
Sunday, October 29, 2017
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Labels: Abigail Rojansky, Ben Bliss, Dorothy Ro, Jonathan Dormand, Jonathan Ong, Lachlan Glen, Leah Hawkins, Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Mise en Scene Studios, Verona String Quartet
Saturday, October 28, 2017
MAGIC AND MAYHEM
Friday, October 27, 2017
STRING QUARTET 101
Thursday, October 26, 2017
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Labels: Alex Rosen, City University of New York, Claudio Monteverdi, Elabash Recital Hall, Kristen Dubenion-Smith, Lea Desandre, Liv Redpath, Opera Lafayette, Patrick Kilbride, Ryan Brown, Thomas Dunford Jean Rondeau
Saturday, October 21, 2017
WE HEART AMORE OPERA
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Labels: Amore Opera, David Owen, Dilara Unsal, Gennadiy Vysotskiy, Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Giacosa, Jonathan Green, Jose Heredia, Kofi Hayford, Luigi Illica, Marc Khuri-Yakub, Riverside Theater, Tosca, Trey Sandusky
Thursday, October 19, 2017
THE BEST FREE SHOW IN TOWN
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
|Danny Miller, Vasilisa Atanackovic, and Alison Miller|
We are accustomed to hearing voice with piano or guitar accompaniment or with full orchestra so the novelty of the arrangements by violinist Danny Miller allowed us to hear familiar works with fresh ears.
Aside from arias performed by the engaging soprano Vasilisa Atanackovic, the four member ensemble performed instrumental versions of operatic highlights. When they played Mozart's "Porgi amor" from Nozze di Figaro, we could see the Countess and hear her voice in our head.
The "Meditation" from Massenet's Thais was absolutely gorgeous and featured Alison Miller's violin. "Casta diva" from Bellini's Norma featured Mr. Veerappan's clarinet. Similarly gorgeous was the "Intermezzo" from Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana. Mr. Holman's piano was exceptional in the "Intermezzo" from Puccini's Manon Lescaut.
But it was the singer we came to hear, so let us praise Ms. Atanackovic's bright and beautiful soprano and her passionate involvement in getting the arias across. Dvorak's shimmering score for Russalka lost little in translation (or rather arrangement) and Ms. Atanackovic melded beautifully with Mr. Holman's piano part. We loved the Bohemian harmonies and the way her voice swelled in the upper register.
Liu's plea "Tu che di gel" from Puccini's Turandot came across well and we loved the Rachmaninoff song "Polubila ya" (I have grown fond of sorrow).
We hate to harp on things that detract from an otherwise stellar performance but the dreaded music stand appeared, disappeared, and reappeared on several occasions. It truly is a barrier between singer and audience. The singer makes contact and then that slender thread is broken every time she glances down and turns a page.
Actually, we were quite surprised that this happened with a singer so intensely intent on communicating--especially at the end of a tour! In "O mio babbino caro" from Puccini's Gianni Schicchi (the opening piece) she lost us and we found ourselves shifting our attention to the unusual instrumental arrangement. Since Lauretta is pleading for something, it was particularly egregious to not focus on an imaginary Babbo in the audience.
Also on the program was the famous Neapolitan song "O sole mio" and the famous Spanish song "Besame mucho" performed with just the piano and marked by dynamic variety and rubato. "Black Swan" from Menotti's The Medium (just reviewed a couple days ago) would have been so much better off the book!
There was a very emotional delivery of "Vissi d'arte" from Puccini's Tosca (an opera we are going to review in a couple days) but we have saved the best for last because this must be Ms. Atanovackovic's signature role--"Senza mamma" from Puccini's Suor Angelica. Everything was there and we could appreciate not only the wonderful instrument but the phrasing and, above all, the connection with the audience that allowed us to really feel the text. A major score!
We hope that when this excellent ensemble returns that the music stand will have been relegated to the ash heap!
(c) meche kroop
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Labels: Alison Miller, Bellini, Brian Holman, Danny Miller, Dvorak, Gian Carlo Menotti, Krishna Veerappan, Massenet, Mozart, National Opera Center, Puccini, rachmaninoff, TransAtlanticOpera, Vasilisa Atanackovic
Sunday, October 15, 2017
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Labels: Alexandra Lang, Barbara Porto, Caroline Tye, Erik Bagger, Eva Parr, Gian Carlo Menotti, House of Yes, Julia Tang, New Camerata Opera, Scott Lindroth, Stan Lacy, The Medium, Victor Khodadad
Saturday, October 14, 2017
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Labels: Britten's A Charm of Lullabies, Dubussy's Chansons de Bilitis, Henry Purcell, Huw Watkins' Echo. Weill Recital Hall, Julius Drake, Ravel's Duex Melodies Hebraiques, Ruby Hughes, Schumann's Liederkreis
Thursday, October 12, 2017
CHINESE AMERICAN CULTURAL EXCHANGE THROUGH MUSIC
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Labels: Ai Hongbo, Bai Yang, Cen Jiawei, Deanna Cirielli, Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China, Sebastian Stoger, Sumire Hirotsuru, Wu Hao, Yuan Sha, Zhang Zhengchen, Zheng and Poem
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
GETTIN' THE GROOVE ON WITH JUSTIN AUSTIN
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Labels: Brahms, Carousel, Cavalli's Doriclea, Damien Sneed, Justin Austin, Lost in the Stars, Margaret Bonds, Ragtime, Ricky Ian Gordon, Schubert, The National Association of Negro Musicians., William Bolcom, Wolf
LATINS IN NEW YORK
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Labels: Alberto Ginastera, Anna Tonna, Candace Chien, Ernesto Cordero, Ernesto Lecuona, Jaime Leon, Latins in New York, Manuel Ponce, Maria Greever, Mario Arevalo, Mary Thorne, Sebastian Giunta, Steven Labrie
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