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We should be wary of assumptions about who would be simply perfect for what. Isn’t that how typecasting begins, after all? And what actor want to think of themselves as typecast? Actually, the new Broadway revival of Gypsy makes a strong argument for that maligned practice. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been [...]

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When’s the last time you went to a concert where the average age in the audience was twelve? Last week, I—along with 800 elementary and intermediate public school students—went to LaGuardia High School of Music, Art, and the Performing Arts for a daytime performance of Purcell’s short opera Dido and Aeneas. This was a commission [...]

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A little more than a month after the riveting new animated short film Peter and the Wolf won an Academy Award® in the best animated short category, it airs on PBS during a month that Hugh Welchman, one the film’s producers, has called a “victory parade.” Actually, the dates on Great Performances were booked before [...]

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As an avowed opera-goer, my preferred locale is Manhattan’s Upper West Side. I’ll readily admit that I have painfully little patience for the throngs of tourists that make the Theater District an ambling, sight-seen garish miasma on the order of a mid-town Ellis Island. (“Give me your fanny-packed, your Drakkar Noir spritzed, your huddled masses [...]

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During the past year, one of the upbeat stories in the classical-music business has been the proliferation of opera in movie theaters. The Metropolitan Opera, under its new general manager, Peter Gelb, jump-started this trend last season with its high-definition simulcasts, which have proved so successful that now other opera houses—including Royal Opera, Covent Garden; [...]

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One of the most exciting things about the arts is experimentation—and that includes the occasional brave failure. I realize this is America, where some consider failure to be akin to some kind of moral deficiency, but bear with me for a second and please read on! You see, experimentation means boldly going where blah blah [...]

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…Continued from Part 1 Shu-Ying Li describes herself modestly as just “a Chinese girl trying to be a Japanese girl.” This week, she is at the end of a run of six performances at New York City Opera in the title role of Madama Butterfly, perhaps the most famous Japanese character in all of opera. [...]

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Shu-Ying Li modestly describes herself as just “a Chinese girl trying to be a Japanese girl.” This week, she wraps up a run of six performances at the New York City Opera in the title role of Madama Butterfly, perhaps the most famous Japanese character in all of opera. Over the past few years, Cio-Cio [...]

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As the producer of SundayArts online, I’d like to welcome you to the SundayArts Blog, your stop for the news and opinions on the arts scene in New York City and nationally. The SundayArts Web site is part of a new initiative from New York’s public television station, Thirteen/WNET. A long-time partner with the city’s [...]

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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.