Monthly Archives: January 2015

Jan. 7 Met (Live): La Traviata

The Met’s ‘La Traviata’ lean on glamour, rich in insight

Beyond the austere set and surreal visuals, Willy Decker’s controversial 2010 Met production probes deeply into the heroine’s psyche

By David Abrams

Willy Decker’s now five-year-old Met production of La Traviata, like the bottles of champagne uncorked during the bubbly Libiamo, appears to improve with age…

Jan. 9 Met (Live): Les Contes d’Hoffmann

A paucity of memorable stage moments in the Met’s ‘Tales of Hoffmann’

David Rubin reviews the final dress rehearsal of the reprise of the 2009 Bartlett Sher production and finds that the director lacks a strong point of view

By David Rubin

The first question to ask about any performance of Jacques Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann is which version of the piece was performed. The opera was left unfinished at the composer’s death in 1880; there is no accepted critical edition…

Jan. 10 CNY Playhouse: Lend Me a Tenor

CNY Playhouse’s ‘Lend Me a Tenor’ keeps the laughs coming and the action going

Who knew a performance of Verdi’s ‘Otello’ could be this amusing?

By David Abrams

What can possibly be funny about Verdi’s Otello, the opera generally acknowledged to be the culmination of Italian tragic opera? Kenneth Ludwig believes he found the answer — and three Tony Awards say he’s on to something…