A star flutist is all well and good, but how many people would show up for two Stravinsky programs in a row?
Author Archive for Mike Paarlberg
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 [...]
If you were to place classical pianists along a spectrum, you might picture one with Maurizio Pollini at one end and Lang Lang at the other. I'm not talking about skill—I'm talking about something a little less tangible: Call it panache, showmanship, self-aggrandizement, whatever. Of course, putting famous people on that spectrum skews to the [...]
Louis C.K. has a bit in which he notes how incredible it is that women continue to go out with men, given that the number one threat to women, and chief cause of injury and mayhem to them is, well, men. The number one threat to men? Heart disease.
So it’s worth remembering that in Carmen, [...]