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HIPster’s guide to not winning friends and not influencing people

A couple of days ago I picked up a recording of Fidelio in the library. It’s conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, a “historically informed performance” (HIP) specialist, meaning that his ideal is to calibrate the performance of a piece based on what is known about musical practices and instruments at the time it was written. When […]

Tagged classical music, flame wars, historically informed performance, music criticism, opera, Sequenza21

Operatic ambition and operatic reality

A few days ago that most incisive of gossip columnists, Opera Chic, had a little thing about Rufus Wainwright’s operatic ambitions, which are pretty high-flown (“My dream is to compose three operas that will be performed for the next two centuries”) but also seem to come from a sincere attachment to the genre. It’s refreshing, […]

Tagged Greensboro Opera Company, Henry Mollicone, opera, pop music, Rufus Wainwright

Hansel and Gretel in Greensboro

As a jaded, pessimistic, and inertia-bound person, a wonderful thing about having children is that I end up doing fun things I would otherwise avoid. Going to Greensboro, NC to hear Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel on Friday was a case in point. Even without my daughter there were good reasons to go, but it’s […]

Tagged Greensboro Opera Company, live music, opera