“She was very compassionate, very thoughtful. She was very, very strong.”
Opera relies on the comedy of human foibles, a type of humor Sendak had an instinctual talent for depicting.
Composer Ted Rosenthal is poised to give new voice to the tormented years his father spent praying for his family from afar.
Lorenzo da Ponte — a Jewish-born Venetian turned Roman Catholic priest (and playboy) — had a lot in common with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
From a Jewish perspective, the limbo Rubinstein’s Demon occupies appears profoundly relatable.
Rubinstein is “the most forgotten famous musician-composer of the 19th century,” Leon Botstein said.
What Strauss’ true convictions were remain murky, but many scholars now suggest he was at the very least ambivalent to the Nazi regime.
“Musically speaking he’s very central. He’s the only one who has arias in this opera.”
New York’s Metropolitan Opera said on Monday that it had fired its longtime conductor and musical director James Levine.
“There’s no one I can ask, ‘Gee, how did you feel?’ I can’t call Figaro or Carmen and say, ‘Hey, how did you feel about your opera?’”