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Jean François Borras's Werther: Three Years Later, Even Greater
A little more than three years ago Jean François Borras got a last minute call to step in for an ailing Jonas Kaufmann. It was his first ever performance of Werther , and I remember being stunned at the beauty of his voice, the sensitivity of his portrayal,...

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Werther: Heartbroken and Heartbreaking
Grigolo and Leonard, photo @ Marty Sohl I caught the matinee performance of Werther this afternoon. My last experience with Werther had been the memorable series of performances with Jonas Kaufmann  where Kaufmann was showered with confetti at the curtain c...

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La Traviata: Oh Gioia!!!
Yoncheva and Fabiano, photo @ Marty Sohl The Willy Decker production of La Traviata opened at the Met in 2010. I saw the first cast and every revival since. That's a lot of little red dresses. All the Violettas I've seen brought something special to the rol...

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Welcome Back, Joseph Gordon!
After being out for the fall and Nutcracker season with an injury, the wildly talented Joseph Gordon made his return to the NYCB stage as Gold in the 2/15/17 performance of Sleeping Beauty. NYCB has put up two brief but wonderful clips of the performance: J...

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Sleeping Beauty Marathon
Balanchine's glorious Garland Waltz, photo @ Paul Kolnik I went on a Sleeping Beauty marathon this weekend and saw three performances in two days. NYCB's Sleeping Beauty is one of the finest productions I've seen -- Balanchine's wondrous Garland Waltz with ...

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I Puritani - no high F, but who cares?
Javier Camarena and Diana Damrau, photo @ Marty Sohl Whoever knew that the serene  I Puritani would be the opera to bring out the audience crazies? Last night at the Met's premiere of I Puritani there was this EXTREMELY vocal Diana Damrau fan who would scre...

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The Great Comet
Last night I saw Dave Malloy's wonderful musical Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 and reviewed it for parterre box here . Suffice to say I enjoyed it very much and recommend it to people looking for a fun night at the theater. Josh Groban and Den...

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Winter Season Diaries: Swan Heaven, Sunday Un-funday,
The flock of black swans, photo @ Paul Kolnik I've seen lots of Swan Lakes in my balletomane life. And to be honest, I've disliked or felt indifferent to almost all of them. A long time ago Nina Ananiashvilli impressed me with her boneless arms and old-styl...

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Winter Season Diaries: NYCB's Academy Awards
Teresa Reichlen and Daniel Ulbricht in Prodigal Son, photo @ Andrea Mohin The first week of Winter Season at NYCB is usually low-key. The company is tired from the Nutcracker marathon and also rehearsing for the inevitable world premiere of some new works. ...

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Obama, no longer president, but always My President
I never noticed that #barackobama and myself have moles in the exact same place on the sides of our noses. A photo posted by Ivy Lin (@poisonivylin) on Nov 20, 2016 at 4:46pm PST It's hard to believe that in less than 24 hours Barack Obama will no longer be...
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