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Rhymes With Opera’s Improvised Theater By · Photography © Janette Pellegrini · Date 05/25/2017 Among landmarks of opera, 20th-century Hungarian composer György Ligeti’s “Aventures” (1962) and “Nouvelles Aventures” (1962-5) count as two of the most bizarre. They’re both written for singers and a small (seven-piece) orchestra, but that’s where the concessions to operatic conventions end. […]

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The Savior’s Gaze

Forgiveness in Janáček’s “Jenůfa” By · Title Image Anonymous English painter (PD) · Date 12/15/2016 Upon hearing her own stepmother the Kostelnička guiltily admit that she was the one who killed her infant child—whose frozen corpse the people of the Moravian village have now discovered—Jenůfa, initially shocked and appalled, first orders her to “stand up.” […]

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Paola Prestini’s “The Hubble Cantata” By · Photography Katalina Studio · Date 08/11/2016 At 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 6, the line just outside the entrance of the Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn, New York, was already sprawling around the block. It was the kind of large crowd that might be expected for, say, the […]

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An Exorcism

Arthur Honegger’s “Symphonie Liturgique” By · Photography Agence de presse Meurisse (PD) · Date 06/16/2016 Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, Jean Renoir’s “Grand Illusion,” Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem”: These are considered some of the premier artistic anti-war statements of our time. Just as worthy to be a part of this company is French composer […]