REVIEW: The Queen of Spades

by Gregory Moomjy December 3, 2019 The Metropolitan Opera’s The Queen of Spades It’s the holiday season, and for New Yorkers that means Tchaikovsky at Lincoln Center. Of course, I am referring to The Nutcracker. But this year opera lovers can treat themselves to Tchaikovsky’s darker side. While the Koch theater literally has dancing sugar […]

Podcast 68: Louisa Proske and Daniel Schlosberg from Heartbeat Opera

Louisa Proske, director and Daniel Schlosberg, music director/arranger are two of the co-founders of Heartbeat Opera (#heartbeatopera, @heartbeat_opera) now entering it’s 6th season. Their new contemporary production of Weber’s Der Fresischutz is being produced at Baruch PAC, NY from December 4th-15th. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE   Notes Brooke Akhnaten by Philip Glass The Metropolitan Opera Phelim McDermott, director […]

REVIEW: Cosi fan Tutti

by Gregory Moomjy Nov 19, 2019 Julliard Opera’s Così fan Tutti In a recent article in The Observer about The Met’s revival of La Boheme, James Jorden, makes a startling observation. He states that despite the popularity of The Met’s iconic Zeffirelli production, it eschews the central element of La Boheme’s tragedy, namely, that by […]

REVIEW: Akhnaten

By Gregory Moomjy November 14, 2019 When I first wrote about Akhnaten a few weeks ago, I began by mentioning a few of the famous operas set in Ancient Egypt. Naturally, Aida was on that list. At the time, it seemed almost cliche to include Verdi’s evergreen pharaonic epic in such a catalogue. However, after […]

Akhenaten: Pharaoh and Opera Inspiration

by Gregory Moomjy If you mention Ancient Egypt, what comes to mind? Pyramids, gods and goddesses, and pharaohs quickly populate the imagination. And, let’s not forget, the very famous love affairs and palace intrigues of Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, and Cleopatra. This is enough to make anyone want to study Egyptology. The great opera composers […]