Masha Leon


'The Passenger': Holocaust On And Below Deck

By Masha Leon

'The Passenger': Holocaust On And Below Deck
Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s 1968 opera “The Passenger,” which Lincoln Center Festival premiered at The Park Avenue Armory, offered a soupcon of “Titanic” vibes with its 1960’s Brazil-bound ocean liner’s huge white funnel and its first class carefree passengers — elegant in all-white suits and gowns — waltzing to an orchestra’s calming beat.Read More


Bel Kaufman, Author and Tango Dancer, In Her Own Words

By Masha Leon

Bel Kaufman, Author and Tango Dancer, In Her Own Words
Bel Kaufman, who died on July 25 at 103, gave the impression she might live forever. During lunch on August 31, 2012 at her favorite eatery Demarchelier, she told me: “I have just stepped into the future.”Read More


Jill Abramson Champions Freedom of The Press

By Masha Leon

Jill Abramson Champions Freedom of The Press
“She was reading the New York Times before she could transfer to a bottle,”Gail Sheehy said of Jill Abramson, at the July 15 reception she hosted at her Manhattan duplex for the former executive editor of The New York Times.Read More


When Elaine Stritch Dated Marlon Brando

By Masha Leon

When Elaine Stritch Dated Marlon Brando
Elaine Stritch, who died on July 17 at 89, was as feisty off-stage as on— whether belting out the the ode to imbibing: “The Ladies Who Lunch” or the survival anthem “I’m Still Here!.”Read More


Lorin Maazel Remembered as Conductor, Friend of Israel

By Masha Leon

Lorin Maazel Remembered as Conductor, Friend of Israel
Lorin Maazel, cerebral conductor — who died aged 84 on July 13 from complications of pneumonia — was a presence in my columns not only because of his international renown and as conductor of the N.Y. Philharmonic, but also because of his support of Israel’s cultural and humanitarian institutions.Read More






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