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Weekend roundup: Monday's reviews in the Post

In today's Washington Post:

Eckert and Mackey's "Slide" lacks sharp focus
, by Anne Midgette.

The Juilliard Quartet at the Library of Congress (scroll down), by Robert Battey.

The Vocal Arts Society presents Patricia Racette, by Joe Banno.

The Miró Quartet at Dumbarton Church, by Joe Banno.

By Anne Midgette  |  April 12, 2010; 5:58 AM ET
Categories:  Washington , local reviews  
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“Unfortunately, it's hard to care. Eckert is a firebrand of energy, but his characters -- certainly this one -- are often off-putting and unpleasant.” (Anne Midgette, WP, 4/12/10)

Excuse me, but which other of Eckert’s characters are you referring to here?

As for off-putting and unpleasant, so are other Western operatic characters from Poppea to Wozzeck’s Doctor to Bomarzo (which was given its world premiere by the Washington National Opera back when that company was a vital and internationally relevant and respected young opera company) to Clyde Griffiths (of an American opera which should be staged by a re-nationalized Washington National Opera company).

However, the librettists and composers of these four sample works were able to do something highly dramatically interesting with these human characters. Therefore, the nature of the lead character, in and of itself, cannot be the reason why you think that the work was not a success aesthetically and operatically (‘alternative’ operatically, that is).

And can you imagine that the characters in Nico Muhly and Craig Lucas’s upcoming new opera “Two Boys” – about the internet friendship between two gay male teenagers, one of whom kills the other, which will be performed by the Metropolitan Opera in 2013 -14 – might not also initially seem off-putting and unpleasant to some audience members of the large MET family?

(I have heard a recording of the music to “Slide,” but have not seen the staged production.)

Posted by: snaketime1 | April 12, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

The "Performing Arts" box is back today in Style. Is this a return to more space devoted to reviews? That would be great.

Posted by: zannieb | April 12, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

I know it is impossible to be everywhere at once, but I am surprised that the Saturday's BSO concert at Strathmore with Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu making his debut run with the BSO and Scottish percussionist Colin Currie performing his debut with the BSO in Rautavarra's "Incantations" hasn't been reviewed by the Post as of yet. I know that a Baltimore performance was covered in the Baltimore Sun very favorably. I would also have thought that the Post's readership might have appreciated a review of this remarkable concert as well. Does the Post have a policy concerning reviewing performances of the BSO at Strathmore? Is it generally felt that the Baltimore Sun's reviews of the BSO performances in Baltimore are sufficient for such concerts? I know it is very hard to review so many events, but it just seems that such performances as these should have some coverage.

Posted by: donahuer | April 13, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I went and reviewed the City Choir of Washington's concert (but not the BSO):

http://dmvclassical.wordpress.com/2010/04/14/handel-with-care-the-city-choir-of-washington/

Posted by: Lindemann777 | April 14, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

My thoughts on Hannu Lintu with the BSO at Strathmore: http://ionarts.blogspot.com/2010/04/hannu-lintu-with-bso.html

Posted by: Charles_D | April 16, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

If folks are still interested in BSO concerts, I reviewed Thursday's. It was good too!

http://dmvclassical.wordpress.com/2010/04/16/triple-players-baltimore-symphony-orchestra-at-strathmore/

Posted by: Lindemann777 | April 17, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

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