Robert Hardt Jr.

The year in opera, 2012: A report card, with a note to the Met:

Putting together my 2012 report card made me realize how little of what I saw at the Met was important and vital, which is incredibly disappointing for the grande dame of opera companies in the United States.

Bio: Bob Hardt is the political director and executive producer at NY1 News. An amateur classical pianist as a youth, Hardt became obsessed with opera after taking a required course in Music Humanities at Columbia College.

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The year in opera, 2012: A report card, with a note to the Met

Putting together my 2012 report card made me realize how little of what I saw at the Met was important and vital, which is incredibly disappointing for the grande dame of opera companies in the United States.

Jan. 8, 2013

 
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New York racing gets through Stakes weekend, resumes hibernation

In the end, the Belmont Stakes on Saturday was just a race.

Jun. 11, 2012

 
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Belmont, darkly: I’ll Have Another runs for the Triple Crown as Andrew Cuomo cracks the whip

Is the racing scene any place for an aspiring president to be seen anymore?

Jun. 8, 2012

 
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Open letter to Steve Newhouse: New Orleans needs a daily ‘Times-Picayune’

Thousands and thousands of Times-Picayune readers do not have easy access to the Internet or the wherewithal to read the paper electronically. These are the people who your newspaper was designed to help -- and they have loyally read it each day until their own name appeared in the death notices. Your paper championed their cause. These are the people who may miss your daily newspaper the most.

May. 25, 2012

 
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Turns out this year’s Belmont Stakes might be fun to watch, after all

A horse-racing season that has been filled with so much unrealized potential is getting a pleasant and surprising jolt of energy from the buildup to tomorrow’s Belmont Stakes.

Jun. 10, 2011

 
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A story went with it: The undignified end of the Uncle Mo fairy tale

One way to look at the scratch of Uncle Mo from the Kentucky Derby on Friday morning is that a New York horseracing dream was denied—a potential savior of the sport has fallen by the wayside because of a fluke injury.

May. 6, 2011

 
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Down and almost out in Queens: Uncle Mo, the latest great hope for New York horse racing, stumbles hard

Uncle Mo, the latest Great Hope for the dying spot of horseracing, lost this weekend in a deeply depressing fashion.

Apr. 11, 2011

 
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Racing turns its rheumy eyes to the Queens guy who made Vitamin Water

After another win, master marketer Mike Repole and his horse, Uncle Mo, are raising hopes that they'll be able to lift the racing industry out of its torpor.

Mar. 14, 2011

 
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How ‘Nixon in China’ can save opera

Opera has presented itself to people under 50 as if it were something stuck in amber. Only contemporary work can fix the problem.

Feb. 25, 2011

 
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A year at the Opera: A 2010 report card

At its best, opera is the most powerful art form out there and it’s perplexing to see it lurch forward on a global scale so haphazardly.

Jan. 4, 2011