Monday, October 15, 2012

The week in NY opera (October 15-21)

Metropolitan Opera
Carmen (M/Th), Otello (T/SM), Trovatore (W/SE)
It's the last week for the current cast in Carmen -- the excellent Yonghoon Lee, the not-so-excellent Kate Royal, and the mostly-excellent Kyle Ketelsen all are gone when the show returns in February. Trovatore should also be good. Tomorrow is the last weeknight performance of Otello with the current cast.

Link for weekend ticket lottery drawing here; enter by midnight ET.

Carnegie Hall
World Orchestra for Peace Solti centennial concert (F)
It is, I think, entirely appropriate in its irony that an body called the "World Orchestra for Peace" will be conducted by the music world's most shameless Putin bootlicker, last seen celebrating the Russian invasion of Georgia. If your nose doesn't register such stenches, Angela Gheorghiu and Rene Pape offer delicacies for the ear.

Alice Tully Hall
Les Arts Florissants Charpentier motets (F)
William Christie's company offers, this time, not opera but French baroque sacred pieces.


  1. Seriously? You can speak about Gergiev like that? Get over your problems and discover one of the best conductors!

  2. He *is* a great conductor when inspired. I've heard many of his Met evenings. Ahh, those first Mattila Salomes...

    But he went far beyond expressing private opinion in matters Putinistic, and dared one to consider his public, provocatively-timed endorsements. Some agree with him, some think it actually irrelevant, and some find the prospect of taking offense at his offense too unpleasant to contemplate and just go along. It's the latter reaction, I think, on which he mostly counted among concertgoers. I don't share it.


Absolutely no axe-grinding, please.