Is a “Text Me Merry Christmas” song dedicated to millennials (who were nowhere in the audience) really necessary?
Author Archive for Mike Paarlberg
Length aside, it’s a gorgeous piece, even more so in the hands of an expert soloist.
A star flutist is all well and good, but how many people would show up for two Stravinsky programs in a row?
The Bach enthusiast ventures into non-Baroque waters.
Family drama that's sappy enough to draw sniffles but doesn't realize it's a parody.
Less Gabriel García Márquez, more Ice Cube and J.Lo.
Classical operas played with impressive talent through a South African lens.
Kaiser could be tone deaf at times, with "let them eat cake" moments and one alleged "go fuck yourself."
There are arguments to be made against authenticity. In the classical music landscape, historically informed performance (HIP) has long since passed from niche trend to permanent fixture, applied especially to Baroque operas like Giulio Cesare. But when the original is over four hours long and calls for castrated singers, well, fuck authenticity, right?
So Wolf Trap [...]
Sometimes being broke can be liberating. If you’re a smaller opera company with a limited budget, there are a number of directions you can go, all perfectly valid. You can do miniature versions of traditional operas, disposing of bit roles, whittling down orchestral scores to fit a string quartet. Or you can do chamber operas [...]