Opera diehards, as a rule, couldn’t care less about the present; it is the past and the future that energize them. At any given intermission, they’ll refer to the performance at hand, but generally just to make the point (A) that someone sang the role better in 1952 and (B) that this awful soprano has no business planning to sing Norma in three years.
But while the past is over and done with, if ripe for endless rehashing, the operatic future has lately come under new scrutiny.
Since 1996 Brad Wilber, a reference librarian and crossword puzzle enthusiast, has published Met Futures, an online list of repertory and casting for upcoming seasons at the Metropolitan Opera. Drawing on information in the public domain and tips from sources, it’s a valuable, dependable, much-loved resource, providing a wide-angle view of the Met’s artistic direction and singers’ choices. (Anna Netrebko is singing her first-ever Tatyana in Eugene Onegin in 2013-14! La Donna del Lago has its Met premiere two years after that!)
Earlier today, Space.com founder and noted (illegal) alien-phobe Lou Dobbs sat down with Constitutional scholar Floyd Abrams in front of an audience of journalists and immigration advocates as part of Columbia Journalism School’s “First Amendment Breakfast Series.”
Viewers of Mr. Dobb’s CNN show, Lou Dobbs Tonight, would not have been surprised by his populist-tinged tirades Read More
Back in the 1970’s, when Floyd Abrams was co-counsel for The New York Times on the Pentagon Papers case, his son Dan would occasionally accompany him to work.
“We had a little song we sang,” said the younger Mr. Abrams, now 40, who in the intervening years has attended law school, earned a living as Read More
Back in the days when popular Manhattan bachelor and news anchor Dan Abrams was still hosting The Abrams Report, a Michael Jackson–heavy courtside show on MSNBC, he and his girlfriend Elizabeth Röhm went apartment hunting together.
They wanted to rent, and saw a duplex condo at 148-150 Waverly Place that was looking for a tenant. Read More
Mark Green picked up the endorsements of several dozen prominent lawyers yesterday, including old allies like David Boies, Floyd Abrams, and Ted Sorensen.
But one name lower down the list may mean more to contemporary New York politics: Michael Hardy.
That’s because Hardy is Al Sharpton’s lawyer. Read More
By Tuesday, Oct. 25, the legal team that had backed New York Times reporter Judith Miller in her battle with Special Prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald began splintering, as the interests of the reporter and The Times diverged.
Floyd Abrams, the First Amendment lawyer hired by The Times to help handle Ms. Miller’s showdown with Read More
It was quiet on Floyd Abrams’ side of the thick door leading into the television studio. On the other side, Jon Stewart was warming up the young, rowdy crowd perched in the bleachers to watch the live-to-tape production of The Daily Show. The famed First Amendment lawyer was waiting in the wings, pacing, jangling the Read More
Speaking Freely: Trials of the First Amendment, by Floyd Abrams. Viking, 306 pages, $25.95.
It’s hard to think of a practicing attorney more consistently associated with any single area of litigation than Floyd Abrams and the First Amendment. Since successfully representing The New York Times over 30 years ago in the Pentagon Papers case, Read More
“On the First Amendment,” Judith Miller said, “I am a hard-liner.”
Ms. Miller—the redoubtable, doubtable New York Times scoop artist—was on the phone Monday afternoon, giving an interview on her way to get an interview. The quick-change routine is well practiced by now: from reporter to news object and back again.
But even Read More
When George W. Bush reluctantly signs the campaign-finance reform legislation that bears the name of his most bitter Republican rival, it will be easy to celebrate John McCain’s moment of triumph. After so many years of struggle against autocratic Congressional leaders, after so many cases of transparent bribery at the highest levels of politics and Read More