Culture Beat – Prototype Opera Festival; Met Fledermaus; NY Philharmonic; Lincoln Center Theater “Domesticated”

I have been so busy with LGBT legal developments over the past month that I have neglected to blog about my various cultural expeditions, so I’m going to play catch-up here with a few brief comments about the events I’ve attended since mid-December.

On December 17, I saw Lincoln Center Theater’s production of “Domesticated,” a play by Bruce Norris which seems to have been inspired, at least in part, by the hit network TV show, … <Read More>

Glimmerglass Festival 2013 – My Annual Visit to Cooperstown

This was my fourth year attending the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, NY, with my usual theater/opera-going companion.  As we did last year, we signed up for all four presentations, although this time we spread it out over four days instead of trying to cram it all into three days with a Saturday matinee.  One program a night proved an enjoyable, civilized pace, with plenty of variety, leaving us free for rest, relaxation and exploration during … <Read More>

Countertenor Alerts: Jaroussky, Roth Costanzo and Barna-Sabadus

The rising tide of exciting new countertenors is one of the most important offshoots of the early music movement. 

My favorite among the young countertenors is Philippe Jaroussky. I’ve heard him perform at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall with Christina Pluhar and L’Arpeggiata.  I’ve been avidly collecting his recordings for several years now.  Most recently, Virgin Classics has issued a DVD collecting excerpts from video recordings of his concert appearances in France and Germany — many of … <Read More>