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Sunday, May 24, 2020

The Fall of Autumn: Live Performance Producers Are Giving Up on 2020 by Michael Paulson, Joshua Barone, Ben Sisario and Zachary Woolfe

Uncertainty about the coronavirus and the challenge of protecting audiences and artists is prompting many prominent presenters to wait till next year.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

An Operatic Star Spotter Announces Its 2020 Festival by Zachary Woolfe

Prototype: Opera/Theatre/Now will include the one-act “Ellen West” among six works in its January season.

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Kate Soper’s New Opera Opens Next Year by Zachary Woolfe

“The Romance of the Rose” is a highlight of the coming season of Peak Performances at Montclair State University.

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Discovering Maurice Sendak, the Opera Designer by Zachary Woolfe

The Morgan Library & Museum explores a dense, underappreciated period in the artist’s career in an exhibition of sketches, dioramas and more.

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Hudson Yards: How the Shed Can Live Up to Its Hype: Focus on the Artists by Zachary Woolfe

As the arts center rolls out its inaugural season, we offer our hopes not only for its future, but also for New York’s broader cultural landscape.

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Critic’s Notebook: Cataclysmic Suffering Sprawls Through the Prototype Festival by Zachary Woolfe

Even by operatic standards, the marquee productions of this year’s festival of new music-theater are extreme in their depiction of trauma.

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

‘The Boys in the Band’ and a Generational Divide by Stuart Emmrich, Wesley Morris, Matthew Schneier and Zachary Woolfe

Four gay men who recently attended the Broadway revival of this 50-year-old play — three seeing it for the first time — debate its significance and relevance.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Don’t Talk Too Much: Tony Kushner on an Operatic ‘Angels in America’ by Zachary Woolfe

The playwright describes his reaction to Peter Eotvos’s 2004 opera, which will have its New York premiere on Saturday at the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

How Taylor Mac Trained His Vocal Cords for a Marathon by Zachary Woolfe

Five years of preparation, water with electrolyte drops, green tea and vitamin B shots helped this performance artist get through a 24-hour show.

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Review: ‘Breaking the Waves’ Lends Musical Heft to a von Trier Tale by Zachary Woolfe

Opera Philadelphia staged the premiere of this Missy Mazzoli work, adapted from a 1996 film about a woman whose marriage changes after an accident.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Critic's Notebook: ‘Sweeney Todd’ and ‘The Crucible’: Not New, but Darkly Up-to-Date by Zachary Woolfe

Operatic performances of these works highlight the Glimmerglass Festival, while “Iris” serves as a kind of preview of the Bard Music Festival.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Toward a More Perfect Lincoln Center Union by Zachary Woolfe

Lincoln Center Festival. Mostly Mozart. Midsummer Night Swing. Lincoln Center Out of Doors. One critic argues that less could be more.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

English National Opera’s Music Director Resigns by Zachary Woolfe

Mark Wigglesworth will leave his position just months after starting.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Director Sofia Coppola to Make Opera Debut in Rome by Zachary Woolfe

Her staging of Verdi's "La Traviata," a collaboration with the fashion designer Valentino, will open on May 24.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Jonas Kaufmann Cancels Met Opera Production by Zachary Woolfe

Roberto Alagna, another well-loved tenor, will replace him, singing the role of des Grieux in Puccini's "Manon Lescaut" for the first time.

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Thursday, December 31, 2015

‘Dog Days’ Is Centerpiece of Prototype Festival by Zachary Woolfe

This opera based on a short story by Judy Budnitz will be performed at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts Jan. 9-11.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Berlin Opera to Bring in a New Young Director by Zachary Woolfe

Matthias Schulz will take over from Jurgen Flimm at the Berlin Staatsoper. At 37, he's a young choice.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

‘A Quiet Place’ Of Dysfunction And Dystopia by ZACHARY WOOLFE

AS the motorcade carrying the body of Leonard Bernstein passed through Brooklyn on its way to Green-Wood Cemetery 20 years ago, construction workers removed their yellow hard hats and called…

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Nuanced Comfort Music That Channels Kate Smith by ZACHARY WOOLFE

From “God Bless America” to “The White Cliffs of Dover,” Kate Smith rallied generations. Stephanie Blythe, in a tribute, threatens to outdo her.

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All Cried Out, 'Lucia' Cedes Emotion to Men by ZACHARY WOOLFE

In this revival of Mary Zimmerman's grayly atmospheric production, there is an empty space where Lucia ought to be.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

ArtsBeat: Manhattan School of Music to Offer Musical Theater Degree by Zachary Woolfe

The program will be directed by Luis Perez, an actor and choreographer who has led the musical theater program at Roosevelt University since 2008.

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Susan Stroman Brings a Broadway Heart to the Met for ‘The Merry Widow’ by Zachary Woolfe

For a new production of “The Merry Widow,” to be uncorked on New Year’s Eve, the Met has turned to Ms. Stroman, the winner of five Tony Awards.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

After All the Arias, Opera Singers Look to the Stage and Screen by Zachary Woolfe

It’s not unusual in the history of opera for a singer to gaze longingly at the wider world of performance, especially movies.

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Music Review: ‘I Was Here I Was I,’ a Kate Soper Work by Zachary Woolfe

The Kate Soper musical-theater work “I Was Here I Was I” centers on the history of the Temple of Dendur.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

‘Barber’ and ‘Figaro’ Stick to the Period at McCarter by Zachary Woolfe

Stephen Wadsworth presents two Beaumarchais plays in Princeton, N.J., set solidly in the late 18th century but adapted to help contemporary audiences understand the times.   &…

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

With Renée Fleming, Super Bowl XLVIII Gets an Operatic Opening by Zachary Woolfe

The N.F.L. and Fox deserve credit for thinking outside the usual pop-music box in selecting the opera singer Renée Fleming to perform the national anthem at this year's Super Bowl.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Theater Review: Jan Fabre’s ‘Tragedy of a Friendship’ at Montclair State by Zachary Woolfe

In “Tragedy of a Friendship,” Jan Fabre creates a mash-up of Wagner operas, based on his friendship with Nietzsche.    

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Furs, Putin and Music and Ballet, Too, at New Mariinsky Theater Gala by Zachary Woolfe

Valery Gergiev leads a two-and-a-half-hour performance at the Mariinsky II in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Theater Review: ‘I Am an Opera,’ by Joseph Keckler by Zachary Woolfe

“I Am an Opera,” by Joseph Keckler, finds that a bad hallucinogenic mushroom trip can have many side effects. One is opera.    

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Theater Review: ‘The Hunchback Variations’ at 59E59 Theaters by Zachary Woolfe

In “The Hunchback Variations,” at 59E59 Theaters, a noted composer and a noted hunchback come together to find a solution to Chekhov’s vague stage direction from “The Cherry Orchard.…

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