Joel Lobenthal

Bio: Joel Lobenthal writes on ballet and opera. More of his work can be found here.

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After the harvest: on a stretch of Route 22, farmers find ways to adapt to a post-dairy economy

Farms along a stretch of Route 22 in Dutchess County are transitioning to winter, amid ongoing adaptation to a post-dairy agricultural economy.

Nov. 30, 2012

 
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Barking when needed: seeing and hearing three of today’s most remarkable operatic voices

Three of today’s most remarkable opera stars, tenor Rolando Villazón and baritones Simon Keenlyside and Gerald Finley, have visited New York over the past month.

Nov. 8, 2012

 
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Fluently Baryshnikov: the dancer visits the ghosts of his past with ‘In Paris’


Mikhail Baryshnikov revisits the ghosts of his past, and makes peace with his mother-tongue with Lincoln Center's production of In Paris.

Aug. 3, 2012

 
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A MoMA presentation of films from early Soviet studio Mezhrabprom saves the best, ‘Miss Mend,’ for almost-last

The young and impoverished Soviet state was relaxing its proscriptions on private enterprise and looking for foreign investment. German Communist Willi Münzenberg and Russian entrepreneur Moisei Alenikov struck up a partnership. They saw an opportunity in the drop in Soviet film production, and began importing great films from the peak of German Expressionism into the USSR. But then, with the establishment of Mezhrabprom's Moscow plant, came the unspooling of authentic Soviet product that would go on to establish an international presence and influence.

Apr. 23, 2012

 
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The Noël Coward beat: At Lincoln Center library, his public lives come to life

At the Library for the Performing Arts, the Star Quality exhibition gives shape to the private and public lives of Noël Coward

Mar. 23, 2012

 
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Heat and light: Maria Callas takes the stage again, on film, at Lincoln Center

"Callas on Film," on view this weekend at Lincoln Center, features some of the singer's best performances.

Mar. 16, 2012

 
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At the Met, a dazzling revival of Mussorgsky’s ‘Khovanshchina’ that is Russian to the core

The Met's new, Russian-language revival of Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina is the way it was meant to be.

Mar. 9, 2012

 
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Muse of many faces: Ballerina Tanaquil Le Clercq’s life and times, before and after Balanchine, remembered (and, now, novelized)

Famed ballerina Tanaquil Le Clercq always kept her secrets, but a new novelization of her life attempts to serve them forth

Feb. 29, 2012