August 12 is World Elephant Day

One Man’s Special Interest Each of us has one or another special interest, and I’m often teased because I have three (and they are all reflected in the posts in this personal blog). The “most special” (?) is my fascination with opera. Anyone who knows me quickly learns that my love of opera (and of …

Caramoor Brings Us Our Summer Opera

Handel’s Theodora for New Yorkers The final Sunday of July brought New York’s music lovers a remarkable treat when Caramoor presented Handel’s Theodora, the composer’s 1749 oratorio. Caramoor, now known as the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, is a former estate located near Katonah, New York, approximately 50 miles (80 km) north of New …

Independence Day: What Were We Celebrating? What’s Coming Next?

Like many Americans, we New Yorkers have a grand fireworks tradition for closing out our Independence Day celebrations. Fireworks burst all over America, and here in New York, crowds love to gather along the East River (sometimes the Hudson) for the great spectacle. Others of us gather at parties to watch the fireworks, or we, too, …

The Frick’s Angel

[Special thanks to Kevin Manion for his generous assistance with this post.] Since you are reading what is generally referred to as “Guy’s personal blog,” it makes a certain kind of sense to say, once again, how we New Yorkers seem to have a special appreciation for what is available to us. Why? Because we …

Living in New York: “Akhnaten” Revival at The Met

Although we had Akhnaten at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in November, 2019, I didn’t get to share my thoughts about it when it came to us then. So here is some of what Guy has been thinking about Akhnaten, which opened last Thursday and runs through Friday, June 10 (the final performance of Akhnaten for this season and …