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Sing Her Name

Black Women Composers in Concert By · Photography Courtesy of The Dream Unfinished Date 07/21/2016 “Sing Her Name,” a concert presented by The Dream Unfinished, was the first time, in nearly 20 years of concert-going, that I have heard a performance of classical music composed by a black woman. It is the only concert I’ve […]

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On the New York Opera Fest By · Photography © Pavel Antonov, from On Site Opera’s “The Marriage of Figaro” · Date 06/23/2016 I honestly thought I knew all about the New York City opera scene. I tracked Opera On Tap. I had been to LoftOpera in Brooklyn. I spent years going to local opera […]

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Rhythm or Reason

Political Music at the Apollo By · Photography Shahar Azran · Date 05/26/2016 It’s the question us politics writers have not stopped asking each other over the past year: when we talk about Donald Trump, even if it’s to point out something ridiculous about him, are we helping or hurting? The election cycle has proved […]

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An Interview with Elīna Garanča By · Title Image Courtesy of · Date 28/4/2016 Elīna Garanča stunned audiences when I saw her in the Metropolitan Opera’s “Roberto Devereux” in March, with a memorable performance even against Sondra Radvanovsky’s history-making role. She received an Opera News Award along with Waltraud Meier at the Plaza Hotel […]

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Heartbeat Opera

Heartbeat Opera’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” By · Photography Russ Rowland · Date 03/31/2016 The issue with having a transformative experience in the arts is that it opens the door to a lifetime of disappointments. I fell completely for opera when I saw Natalie Dessay in Mary Zimmerman’s production of Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” at the […]