Opera: Latest Features
News: 14 February 2014
Charlie Parker's Life Inspires New Opera
Few figures loom as large or cast as long a shadow as
saxophonist Charlie Parker, best known as "Bird" (short for "Yardbird") to
generations of musicians.
CD Review: 4 September 2013
How Do You Solve a
Problem Like Mario?
A new CD release occasions a
revisiting of the curious and brief Hollywood career of tenor Mario Lanza.
Review: 7 June 2013
Opera Round-up: PBS at
Whether in contemporary works or old masters,
opera critic Joel Kasow maintains that the Met honors only two types of
productions: the venerable or the flashy.
News: 17 April 2013
Remembrance: Sir Colin Davis
1927 - 2013
Joel Kasow reflects on the British conductor's
career on the podium and in the recording studio.
Review: 22 February 2013
Otello on TV:
Not Ready for a Close-up
Can the Met's production of
Verdi's tragedy of love and jealousy survive the camera's relentless
News: 12 December 2012
Memoriam: Lisa Della Casa, Galina Vishnevskaya, Nan
Opera critic Joel Kasow on the loss of three
important voices of the 20th century.
Review: 25 September 2012
Ring Cycle Airs on PBS
Opera critic Joel Kasow on the
current PBS broadcast of Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle, which was presented
last season by the Metropolitan Opera.
Review: 17 July 2012
Trials and Tribulations at the
Joel Kasow on four HD opera broadcasts airing now on
News: 21 May 2012
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (1925 -
Remembrances and recommended lieder and opera CDs
by the legendary German baritone who died last Friday 10 days short of his
CD Review: 8 May 2012
A Tale of Two
Opera critic Joel Kasow on two new recital
albums by Decca "house" singers Renée Fleming and Nathalie Manfrino.
Review: 15 March 2012
The Met Live in
HD: Anna Bolena, Don Giovanni
Joel Kasow on two
HD opera broadcasts airing now on PBS television.
CD Review: 22 December 2011
Editor's Holiday Pick:
If youre looking for a holiday gift for the
discerning opera lover on your list, Operanet editor Joel Kasow has some
Comment: 13 October 2011
English Queen Loses Her
Head at Met Gala
Socialists, socialites, investment
bankers and Martha Stewart are among those on the red carpet for the
annual Opening Night Gala at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Review: 29 September 2011
The Met Live in HD: From
Slapstick to Post Traumatic Stress Close-ups
are far too mobile and there are far too many close-ups that show most
singers disadvantageously," writes Joel Kasow of a current batch of HD
Review: 31 August 2011
Great Perfomances: An
Unfortunate Coda to a Stellar Career
Joel Kasow comments
on two Great Performances broadcasts on PBS, including a
Rigoletto featuring the aging Plácido Domingo in his new role as
Review: 21 June 2011
Mad Scenes and Atomic
Bombs in HD
Joel Kasow on three of The Metropolitan
Operas productions airing now on PBS television and a DVD review of John
Adams' Doctor Atomic.
News: 4 June 2011
Solti Archive Goes to
Recognizing his importance to Chicago,
the British-Hungarian maestro once said, "They should erect a statue to
Review: 15 April 2011
Don Carlo and
La Fanciulla del West in HD
Joel Kasow on two of
The Metropolitan Operas productions airing now on PBS television's
Great Performances at the Met.
Review: 10 February 2011
The Sublime, Sublimely. The
Joel Kasow weighs in on
performances of Boris Godunov and Don Pasquale, to be
seen on PBS Great Performances at the Met.
News: 26 October 2010
In Memoriam: Dame
Joel Kasow remembers the Australian
soprano the Italians called "La Stupenda".
Reader Comment: 18 October 2010
Mike Gibb in London responds to Alan Behr's review
of the Opening Night Gala at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Review: 3 October 2010
A Night (Really) at
Unlike in years past, the star of this years
Opening Night Gala at the Metropolitan Opera was actually the opera, not
News: 27 September 2010
As unlikely as an opera on the life of Michel
Foucault may seem, it is all the more unlikely for not having a
Television Review: 19 August 2010
Performances at the Met: Hamlet
Joel Kasow on
Ambroise Thomas Hamlet seen on PBS screens in the United States
News: 2 August 2010
Memoriam: Giulietta Simionato, Cesare Siepi, Sir Charles
Operanet editor Joel Kasow on the performance
and recording legacies of two Italian opera stars and a leading conductor
of Janacek's operas and Czech music.
Television: 13 May 2010
Performances at the Met: Carmen
Richard Eyre and conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Elīna Garanča sings
title role opposite Roberto Alagna as Don José in this new production of
"Carmen." at at the Met.
Interview: 30 March 2010
When Ildebrando DArcangelo is described as
"the hottest thing in Opera these days," it is a winking acknowledgment of
the many meanings of the term "hot." But the Italian bass-baritone
superstar is charmingly self-deprecating and approachable, as our Patricia
Boccadoro recently found out.
Christmas Books: 22 December 2009
at La Scala
Just in time for the holidays, Joel Kasow
reviews the Teatro Alla Scala Foundation's luxury coffee table book,
Opening Night at La Scala.
CD Review: 13 December 2009
Review of Opera and Song
Opera critic Joel Kasow reviews
recent and notable releases by Kate Royal, Véronique Gens, Inva Mula,
Violeta Urmana, Plácido Domingo, Roberto Alagna as well as a new
recordings of Thomas Adès' 'The Tempest', and Federico Ricci's 'Corrado
Comment: 4 October 2009
Bumpy Night: Tosca at the Mets Opening Night Gala
Booing, boozing and schmoozing the evenings performance was
Tosca, but the real spectacle took place off stage.
Book Reviews: 25 September 2009
Too Much, Too Little
or Too Late
Joel Kasow on recent books about Wagner,
choral music and the opera.
News: 27 August 2009
In Memoriam: Hildegard
Behrens (1937 - 2009)
A latecomer to
Opera, Behrens threw herself into demanding roles with bravado, intensity
and true, raw talent.
CD and DVD Review: 13 July 2009
Summer Listening: Editor's CD and
DVD Review of Opera and Song
Opera critic Joel Kasow
weighs in on recent and notable releases from Europe, North America and
Opera Review: 17 May 2009
Seductress: the Alarming Allure of Lulu
Call her by any name, but
the astonishing Lulu , currently in a production by the Opéra
National de Lyon, is making an indelible mark on the standard opera
repertoire. Joel Kasow offers his review.
Lyon Gambles on Las
Part of the Festival of Lost Heros, Prokofiev's 'The Gambler'
was shifted from mid-19th century Baden-Baden to contemporary Las Vegas
with an army of extras including three chambermaids who washed the windows
for a good ten minutes before the opera began," writes Joel Kasow from
Mountain as Opera
New York's City Opera has
commissioned American composer Charles Wuorinen to compose an opera based
on Annie Proulxs short story "Brokeback Mountain."
Gandhi According to Philip Glass and the Metropolitan
Aerialists, puppeteers and stilt walkers mark Philip Glass'
semi-narrative opera about Mahatma Gandhis early years in South Africa.
Henze's Phaedra: Radical
Composer Offers Few Surprises Unter den Linden
composer Hans Werner Henze's new concert opera Phaedra about a
tormented queen infatuated with her stepson. Ciarán McAuley reviews the
world premiere in Berlin.
Joel Kasow's Opera
Reviews of Wagner's
Parsifal in Geneva, Ravel's L'Heure espagnole and
Puccini's Gianni Schicchi in Paris, Jean-Michel Damase's
L'Héritière in Marseilles and other European productions