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News: 14 February 2014
Charlie Parker's Life Inspires New Opera

Few figures loom as large or cast as long a shadow as saxophonist Charlie Parker, best known as "Bird" (short for "Yardbird") to generations of musicians.

CD Review: 4 September 2013
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Mario?
A new CD release occasions a revisiting of the curious and brief Hollywood career of tenor Mario Lanza.

Review: 7 June 2013
Opera Round-up: PBS at the Met

Whether in contemporary works or old masters, opera critic Joel Kasow maintains that the Met honors only two types of productions: the venerable or the flashy. 

News: 17 April 2013
Remembrance: Sir Colin Davis 1927 - 2013

Joel Kasow reflects on the British conductor's career on the podium and in the recording studio.

Review: 22 February 2013
Otello on TV: Not Ready for a Close-up

Can the Met's production of Verdi's tragedy of love and jealousy survive the camera's relentless scrutiny?

News: 12 December 2012
In Memoriam: Lisa Della Casa, Galina Vishnevskaya, Nan Merriman

Opera critic Joel Kasow on the loss of three important voices of the 20th century.

Review: 25 September 2012
Met Ring Cycle Airs on PBS

Opera critic Joel Kasow on the current PBS broadcast of Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle, which was presented last season by the Metropolitan Opera.

Review: 17 July 2012
New York
Trials and Tribulations at the Met

Joel Kasow on four HD opera broadcasts airing now on PBS television.

News: 21 May 2012
Paris
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (1925 - 2012)

Remembrances and recommended lieder and opera CDs by the legendary German baritone who died last Friday 10 days short of his 87th birthday.

CD Review: 8 May 2012
Paris
A Tale of Two Sopranos

Opera critic Joel Kasow on two new recital albums by Decca "house" singers Renée Fleming and Nathalie Manfrino.

Review: 15 March 2012
New York
The Met Live in HD: Anna Bolena, Don Giovanni

Joel Kasow on two HD opera broadcasts airing now on PBS television.

CD Review: 22 December 2011
Paris
Editor's Holiday Pick: Opera CDs

If you’re looking for a holiday gift for the discerning opera lover on your list, Operanet editor Joel Kasow has some suggestions.

Comment: 13 October 2011
New York
English Queen Loses Her Head at Met Gala

Socialists, socialites, investment bankers and Martha Stewart are among those on the red carpet for the annual Opening Night Gala at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Review: 29 September 2011
New York
The Met Live in HD: From Slapstick to Post Traumatic Stress Close-ups

"The cameras are far too mobile and there are far too many close-ups that show most singers disadvantageously," writes Joel Kasow of a current batch of HD opera broadcasts.

Review: 31 August 2011
New York
Great Perfomances: An Unfortunate Coda to a Stellar Career

Joel Kasow comments on two Great Performances broadcasts on PBS, including a Rigoletto featuring the aging Plácido Domingo in his new role as unremarkable baritone.

Review: 21 June 2011
New York
Mad Scenes and Atomic Bombs in HD

Joel Kasow on three of The Metropolitan Opera’s productions airing now on PBS television and a DVD review of John Adams' Doctor Atomic.

News: 4 June 2011
New York
Solti Archive Goes to Harvard University
Recognizing his importance to Chicago, the British-Hungarian maestro once said, "They should erect a statue to me."

Review: 15 April 2011
New York
Don Carlo and La Fanciulla del West in HD

Joel Kasow on two of The Metropolitan Opera’s productions airing now on PBS television's Great Performances at the Met.

Review: 10 February 2011
New York
The Sublime, Sublimely. The Ridiculous, Ridiculously

Joel Kasow weighs in on performances of Boris Godunov and Don Pasquale, to be seen on PBS’ Great Performances at the Met.

News: 26 October 2010
Paris
In Memoriam: Dame Joan Sutherland

Joel Kasow remembers the Australian soprano the Italians called  "La Stupenda".

Reader Comment: 18 October 2010
New York
Opera in America

Mike Gibb in London responds to Alan Behr's review of the Opening Night Gala at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Review: 3 October 2010
New York
A Night (Really) at the Opera

Unlike in years past, the star of this year’s Opening Night Gala at the Metropolitan Opera was actually the opera, not the audience.

News: 27 September 2010
Paris
Foucault as Opera?

As unlikely as an opera on the life of Michel Foucault may seem, it is all the more unlikely for not having a listed composer.

Television Review: 19 August 2010
New York

Great Performances at the Met: Hamlet
Joel Kasow on Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet seen on PBS screens in the United States this summer.

News: 2 August 2010
Paris
In Memoriam: Giulietta Simionato, Cesare Siepi, Sir Charles Mackerras

Operanet editor Joel Kasow on the performance and recording legacies of two Italian opera stars and a leading conductor of  Janacek's operas and Czech music.

Television: 13 May 2010
New York
Great Performances at the Met: Carmen

Directed by Richard Eyre and conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Elīna Garanča sings title role opposite Roberto Alagna as Don José in this new production of "Carmen." at at the Met.

Interview: 30 March 2010
Paris
Ildebrando D’Arcangelo

When Ildebrando D’Arcangelo is described as "the hottest thing in Opera these days," it is a winking acknowledgment of the many meanings of the term "hot." But the Italian bass-baritone superstar is charmingly self-deprecating and approachable, as our Patricia Boccadoro recently found out.

Christmas Books: 22 December 2009
Paris
Opening Night at La Scala
Just in time for the holidays, Joel Kasow reviews the Teatro Alla Scala Foundation's luxury coffee table book, Opening Night at La Scala.

CD Review: 13 December 2009
Paris

Editor's CD Review of Opera and Song
Opera critic Joel Kasow reviews recent and notable releases by Kate Royal, Véronique Gens, Inva Mula, Violeta Urmana, Plácido Domingo, Roberto Alagna as well as a new recordings of Thomas Adès' 'The Tempest', and Federico Ricci's 'Corrado d’Altamura'. 

Comment: 4 October 2009
New York

A Bumpy Night: Tosca at the Met’s Opening Night Gala
Booing, boozing and schmoozing — the evening’s performance was Tosca, but the real spectacle took place off stage.

Book Reviews: 25 September 2009
Paris
Too Much, Too Little or Too Late

Joel Kasow on recent books about Wagner, choral music and the opera.

News: 27 August 2009
Paris

In Memoriam: Hildegard Behrens (1937 - 2009)
A latecomer to Opera, Behrens threw herself into demanding roles with bravado, intensity and true, raw talent. 

CD and DVD Review: 13 July 2009
Paris
Summer Listening: Editor's CD and DVD Review of Opera and Song
Opera critic Joel Kasow weighs in on recent and notable releases from Europe, North America and Australia.

Opera Review: 17 May 2009
Lyon, France
Sordid Seductress: the Alarming Allure of Lulu
Call her by any name, but the astonishing Lulu , currently in a production by the Opéra National de Lyon, is making an indelible mark on the standard opera repertoire. Joel Kasow offers his review.

Opera eview
Lyon, France

Lyon Gambles on Las Vegas
Part of the Festival of Lost Heros, Prokofiev's 'The Gambler' was shifted from mid-19th century Baden-Baden to contemporary Las Vegas with an army of extras including three chambermaids who washed the windows for a good ten minutes before the opera began," writes Joel Kasow from Lyon, France.

News
New York
Brokeback Mountain as Opera

New York's City Opera has commissioned American composer Charles Wuorinen to compose an opera based on Annie Proulx’s short story "Brokeback Mountain."

Opera Review
New York
Satyagraha: Gandhi According to Philip Glass and the Metropolitan Opera
Aerialists, puppeteers and stilt walkers mark Philip Glass' semi-narrative opera about Mahatma Gandhi’s early years in South Africa. In Sanskrit.

Opera Review
Berlin
Henze's Phaedra: Radical Composer Offers Few Surprises Unter den Linden
German composer Hans Werner Henze's new concert opera Phaedra about a tormented queen infatuated with her stepson. Ciarán McAuley reviews the world premiere in Berlin.

Archive
Joel Kasow's Opera Diary
Last Update
Reviews of Wagner's Parsifal in Geneva, Ravel's L'Heure espagnole and Puccini's Gianni Schicchi in Paris, Jean-Michel Damase's L'Héritière in Marseilles and other European productions

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Ein Maskenball, Verdi
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The best opera writing from Joel Kasow and Culturekiosque's OperaNet staff, including interviews, performance and CD reviews and Kasow's Opera Diary

Operanet's 101 Best CD Recordings
Our editors' selection of 101 essential opera CDs for those building their library of recordings. Recordings are oraganized by composer. And don't miss our Maria Callas Top Ten CDs and Guiseppe Verdi Selected Discography !

Past Interviews
Jennifer Larmore, Roberta Alexander, Sir Colin Davis, Renée Fleming, Grace Bumbry, John Nelson, Cecilia Bartoli, Maria Bayo, Roberto Alagna, Ewa Podles, Natalie Dessay







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