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For most stage directors, enticing audiences towards an appreciation of a work has always been something of an exercise in accommodation. That is, giving recherché knowledge the appropriate context. Style, epoch, provenance, language, politics, philosophy, etc., all amount to considerations that must be grappled with and reconciled, in one way or another, before an audience [...]

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I’m particularly looking forward to the broadcast of The Magic Flute this week: Mozart’s masterpiece was the first opera I saw, though it wasn’t live but a TV broadcast of the delightful filmed adaptation Ingmar Bergman made in 1975. It is widely acknowledged as one of the most successful filmed operas (and, for that matter, [...]

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I’ll be the first to admit it: I’m cheap. Back in the days when I didn’t get up before noon on weekends, I used to drag myself out of bed on Saturday at 8 a.m. after a friend told me about a Cambridge, Massachusetts shop called Dollar-a-Pound. On weekends only, the store cleared out its [...]

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There are quite a few good reasons to see the new revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific. One is Brazilian baritone Paulo Szot, a transfuge from the opera world who emits a veritable glow of old-fashioned virility as plantation owner Emile de Becque. Another is hearing Richard Rodgers’s score and Robert Russell Bennett’s orchestrations [...]

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His “Nessun dorma” was the twentieth century’s definitive one—the one that launched a thousand imitators. So it caused a bit of a flurry this week when The Guardian reported on a new book about Luciano Pavarotti that says the tenor was lip-synching a performance of that aria at the 2006 Turin Olympics. Not feeling well [...]

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If you want proof that the the borders of classical music just keep getting more porous, you need look no further than Three Lost Chords, a one-hour show that has been playing at the offbeat little Zipper Theater on Wednesdays and Sundays since March 23. The Zipper is a tiny space in the garment district [...]

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The opera world is a predominantly civilized place, but like any other subculture we have our own lexicon and, in turn, our brand of pejoratives. One of the worst words in opera is likely Regietheater, which literally translates to “director’s theater.” Often synonymous with the slightly more impolitic “Eurotrash,” Regietheater is often deployed to describe [...]

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One of my favorite places in New York is the New Victory Theater, located on West 42nd Street, smack in the middle of what has to be the gaudiest block in the entire city. I’m glad to see it included in this Sunday’s show, because the New Vic is one of the few institutions to [...]

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Auditioning is a constant in the life of an aspiring opera singer, and singing well under those nail-biting conditions can open doors to the next level, whether that’s getting another audition, the attention of an influential manager, or getting hired to sing a coveted role. In the case of one prestigious auditioning opportunity—the George London [...]

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One of my favorite things about Park Slope, Brooklyn, is the Chip Shop, which serves a menu revolving around a deep fryer that turns out what I’d argue is the best fish and chips in New York. Call me sentimental, but I’ve been heading there a lot lately — certainly more than the American Heart [...]

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SundayArts is made possible in part by First Republic Bank and by the Rubin Museum of Art. Funding for SundayArts is also made possible by Rosalind P. Walter, The Paul and Irma Milstein Foundation, The Philip & Janice Levin Foundation, Elise Jaffe and Jeffrey Brown, Jody and John Arnhold, and The Lemberg Foundation. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional funding provided by members of THIRTEEN.