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Seattle Opera's The Consul

Ivan Katz | Posted 04.30.2014 | Arts
Ivan Katz

The Consul is a relentlessly dark opera, filled with gloom and ambiguity. It is a slander in three acts on bureaucrats everywhere. I was frankly surprised that the opening night performance was not picketed by Functionaires sans Frontiers (Bureaucrats Without Borders).

First Nighter: Nico Muhly's "Two Boys" Proves One Plus One Equals Disappointment

David Finkle | Posted 12.22.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

The thing I'm bursting to tell you immediately about Two Boys is that Anne Strawson (Alice Coote), the detective inspector at the center of it, is about as dumb a cop as you'd hope to avoid on a case where you've been victimized.

First Nighter: As Opera, Anna Nicole Goes Bust

David Finkle | Posted 11.18.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

In a way you can't fault underfunded New York City Opera general manager and artistic director George Steel for scheduling Anna Nicole, now at BAM, as the opening for what could be the revamped company's swan-song season.

When A Composer Loves Another Composer

Daron Hagen | Posted 07.14.2012 | Home
Daron Hagen

Marc Blitzstein's musical DNA -- strict adherence to economy of means, a passion for combining words and music, the belief that music can promote social justice, an abhorrence of pretension -- are woven inextricably into the music I compose.

Birthdays and Valentines

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brian Dickie

We had an excellent recital at the Cultural Center at lunch time, and as a lovely encore we had a terrific Valentine greeting in the form of a tear-jerking rendition of "And This is My Beloved."