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The Wonder of Christmas Eve  

At this time of year, I can’t think of anyone more appropriate to interview than Christmas Eve herself, aka actress Ann Harada, who put her indelible stamp on this role she originated in “Avenue Q.” Comment

New York Provincial  

All New Yorkers think of their Comments (1)

Southern Boys Dreams Come True in Manhattan  

Hunter Ryan Herdlicka is part of the cast of the Transport Group production of “Once Upon a Mattress” at the Henry Street Settlement’s Abrons Arts Center through January 3. | HUNTERRYANHERDLICKA.COM […] Comments (1)

Potomac Dispatch  

Philip Glass and librettist Christopher Hampton have revised their “Appomattox& Comment

It’s a Dog’s Life  

Annaleigh Ashford, the brilliant linchpin of “Sylvia,” current on stage, returns to 54 Below on New Year’s Eve for a reprise and refresh of her lauded cabaret show there. | MATT MURPHY […] Comment

Emotional Rescue  

Mary Lambert is not afraid to get real with you. Nor does she care if her show makes you uncomfortable — or even leaves you in tears. Fortunately, the singer-songwriter is also quick to follow up with a good fart joke. It might sound crass, but the effect is, in t Comment

Small Companies, Big Ambitions  

The demise of the New York City Opera left a huge vacuum in the city’s musical life Comment

A Scaredy Cat Climbs Higher  

There’s no good way to talk about normal. We’re all the same monkeys walking around in the same suits. Almost.” Comments (2)

Women on the Verge

The Boston Symphony, on October 21, gave a Carnegie Hall performance of Richard Strauss’ mighty “Elektra” that can surely be termed “historic& Comments (2)

Bill T. Jones' "Analogy/ Dora" Harvests the Present to Mine the Past

Like the apex of a dancer’s leap, each action we take has its moment in time, then becomes subject to interpretation — by those we share our stories with, and by ourselves, as the decades accumulate and perspective evolves. Comments (2)

Melba Moore Fêted as a Hero

On October 26, Tony-winning, Grammy-nominated star Melba Moore was honored by the HIV Experience Resource Organization at the group’s second annual Broadway and Ballet HERO Awards. The honor Comments (2)

Just like Old Times

In the first decade of James Levine’s artistic era Comment

Composer Explores Boyhood & His Borough

The son of a Vermont Yankee father and a Brooklyn mother of Italian and Lebanese background, composer Dave Hall was recently quoted saying that despite being an “extremely proud” Arab American, “I always found it much easier to come out Comment

Tudor Queens  

Sondra Radvanovsky –– one of the world’s most ambitious sopranos and, in the rig Comments (2)

Kick Out the Jams  

Like a tightening tourniquet, a racial color line crosses the Bronx in the 1960s, whites to the north, African Americans and Latinos to the south. A pudgy, headstrong Jewish kid with long hair, a pixie smile, and Talmudic expertise with rock lyrics mans a picket line. Emmett Till’s mutilated face sticks in his head. The demand: jobs for blacks, just a click or Comment

In the Met’s New “Otello,” Moor is Less  

Sonya Yoncheva and Aleksandrs Antonenko in Bartlett Sher’s new Metropolitan Opera production of Verdi’s “Otello.” | KEN HOWARD […] Comments (1)

Figaro Here, Figaro There… Figaro Everywhere!  

Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais’ trilogy of “Figaro” plays (& Comments (3)

Breaking Intersectional

Through contemporary performance and visual art curated from around the world, Queer New York International examines and broadens Comments (5)

No Day Like an Evening at 54 Below

Anthony Rapp performed an intimate set at 54 Below on September 1 that included a mix of popular showtunes paired with a handful of original tracks. Comments (2)

“The Wreckers,” Long Submerged, Sails Again  

Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944) a feminist, suffragette, openly bisexual composer with prominent lesbian affairs, was a woman with a mission. The trailblazing Engli Comments (2)

Desert Arts  

Santa Fe Opera, perhaps North America’s most memorably set Comments (1)

Virginal and Marginal: the Operatic Heroine as Outsider

Most operatic heroines are defined by their romantic relationships with men. In the 20th century, new operatic Comment

The Inimitable Soph

From birth to age 18, a girl needs good parents. From 18 to 35, she needs good looks. From 35 to 55, she needs a good personality. From 55 on, she needs good cash.” Comments (2)

An Old “Favorite” Given New Life  

From Lully on, Italian opera composers refined, deepened, and expanded their art, composing French operas for Paris. Rossini’s “Guillaume Tell” inaugurated the grand opera fo Comment

San Francisco Treats  

While attending Pride Week and the fabulous Frameline film festival in San Francisco, there’s much opera to enjoy every June. Berlioz’s sublime “Les troyens” represents a monu Comments (3)

Ellen’s Back  

Real theater comebacks — the kind that incite an electric buzz of anticipation and, when truly triumphant in performance, drive an enslaved audience mad — are rare, indeed. But the long-unseen Ellen Greene, who just recreated her role of Audrey, the haple Comment

Season’s Finale

My last Met show this season was Verdi’s “Un ballo in maschera,” very well conducted by veteran James Levine two days after he did an equally impressive “Rake’s Progress.” Perhaps these days it’s best to Comment

Character Actress Assoluta   

That absolute goddess of a character actress Julie Halston is having quite the year. After demolishing both audiences and admiring critics with the most hilarious cameo appearance ever in “You Can’t Take It with You,” she immediately went into &# Comments (3)

Warm Voices for Cold Spring Nights   

MARTY SOHL" width="440" height="293" /> Stephanie Blythe in the Met’s production of “The Rake’s Progress.” | Comment

18th Century Fachs  

Stephen Wadsworth directed a pleasing “Nozze di Figaro” at Juilliard, with his trademark visual taste and attention to detail. Charlie Corcoran’s very basic sets made sense — for once, hurrah, Act IV actuall Comments (6)

Wonderful Wanamaker  

One of the greatest, most versatile actresses alive, Zoë Wanamaker, just graced our city with her appearance in the Encores! revival of “Zorba!” Having long admired her on stage and screen, I dashed to interview her and found her to be wonderfully warm, with a wicked wit and terrific recall. Comment

Send In the Clowns  

Though “Send in the Clowns” is Sondheim’s most popular song, very few people understand the significance of the title. It was generally thought to be a circus reference — whenever an accident or injury occurs in the ring, the ringmaster will send in th Comment

Paris in the Springtime

Trips to Paris always put matters operatic in perspective. Opera’s capital in the 19th century, the city drew international composers and singers to much in Comment

New Voices Make their Mark

It used to be that when cancellations occurred at the Metropolitan Opera it was a cause for disappointment and concern; lately it has become a cause for celebration. This season has seen numerous cast changes –– “La Bohème” had 15 performance Comment

Paris. The One in Texas.

He sure has come a long way — Seth Sikes performed his third sold-out performance at 54 Below on Thursday, April 16, aptly titled “Seth Sikes is Still Singing Judy Garland.” Sikes kicked off the evening with a medley of “Lucky Day,” “I Got Rhythm,” and “Everybody Sing&# Comment

And Now, Grindr: The Opera

Some years ago, New York and Philadelphia-based actor, singer, playwright, and composer Erik Ransom came up with the idea of creating a cabaret theater piece about the gay sex hook-up site But the world of online gay dating evolved faster than the piece did. Soon gay men were ditching their laptops for their iPhones and Grindr came into being, further streamlining the man-to-man hook-up process and altering the course of gay Comments (1)

Footwork After 40

Dancers bring so much joy into our lives. But if I had a kid who wanted to do it for a career I don’t know how thrilled I’d be. The reality is a hard one and the professional tenure is short. Comments (4)

Nellie’s ‘60s

Hallelujah! The ever-surprising and original Nellie McKay has a new CD out of songs from the 1960s, “My Weekly Reader.” In addition to a melting version of the Beatles’ “If I Fell,” she sings works by Country Joe, Moby Grape, Frank Zappa, Richard Fariña, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and the Kinks, what she refers to as “weapons of mass distracti Comments (1)

Capital Thrill

On February 27, a good-sized crowd heard Washington National Opera “Dialogues of the Carmelites,” the company’s first attempt at Poulenc’s riveting dramatic study. Francesca Zambello’s Comment

Dorothy's Dozen

Once upon a time, in the distant BR (Before RuPaul) era, real women ruled our hearts in gay dives. Barbra Streisand at the Lion, Bette Midler at the Continental Baths, Ellen Greene at Reno Sweeney made us swoon, cocktails in hand, with their big, actual voices, talent, and camp sensibilities. Carrying on the sorely missed tradition of those ladies Comments (1)

The French Connection

French opera has become something of a stepchild in the international operatic repertoire — it doesn’t always get the love and attention it needs even in Paris. Its specialists are few and far between, and the French style has become internationalized, losing character, delicacy, and perfu Comment

All-American Dream

Steve Grand may well have felt that lightning struck. In July 2013, the songwriter, singer, piano player, and guitarist from the Chicago suburbs released a self-produced debut single, “All American Boy,” that went viral in a matter of days. The country-infused song soon scored him appearances on “Good Morning America,” CNN, and Larry King&# Comments (15)

The Swan of Pesaro’s Highland Fling

The standard mid 20th century critical trope regarding Gioachino Rossini was that his genius was limited to opera buffa and his musical legacy would consist of the “The Barber of Seville” and the “William Tell Overt Comments (1)

“Oscar” Winning, But Not for Best Score

It is never a happy task to criticize a work which is created out of love for the best artistic and social reasons by gifted people –– but good intentions do not automatically make great a Comment

Snowy Lincoln Center Nights

The Metropolitan’s seemingly endless run of the 1982 Zeffirelli “Bohème” resumed January 15 after more than a month’s lapse. Riccardo Frizza had trouble holding together ensemble; rehearsals for cast members new Comment

Debbie and Marin

Deborah Voigt, having survived weight gain, drastic loss, addiction, one marriage, a few toxic relationships, and the most recent, gargantuanly tricky Wagner Ring Cycle revival at the Met, is ready to take it easy now. She has a one-woman show, “Voigt Lessons, Comments (1)

From Darkness into Light, Light into Darkness

Washout though it was, at least in New York City, winter storm Juno claimed at least one victim with the cancellation of the January 26 Metropolitan Opera double bill of Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta” (1892) and Béla Bartók’s “Bluebeard’ Comment

Mostly Metropolitan

Leon Botstein came up with another intriguing novelty December 19 at Alice Tully Hall: after a staging of 1931’s play-to-be-read “The Long Christmas Dinner” by gay author Thornton Wilder, Botstein led his American Symphony Orchestra in Paul Hindemith’s 1960 operatic adaptation. Jonathan Rosenberg directed both multi-generat Comment

Blissful Survivor

There are damn few singers today as purely exciting as Bettye LaVette, who has a new CD out, “Worthy,” and is about to wow the Upper East Side at the Café Carlyle, January 27 to February 7. Her sin Comments (1)

Sweet 16

The 16th annual GLAM Awards warmed up an otherwise bitter cold winter evening on January 13. Comment

New Year’s Eve’s Last Waltz

Franz Lehár in his 1905 operetta masterpiece “The Merry Widow” used the waltz as a metaphor for the Comment


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