When the world ends, the reign of Bea begins.
Over at the mothership, I've published a list of Ten Memorable Performances of 2012. In all, it was a splendid year for the new, the recent, and the modern; Herreweghe's St. Matthew Passion and Joyce DiDonato's Drama Queens program were my only pre-1900 picks. See also an end-of-year discussion with Steve Smith, Heidi Waleson, and Anne Midgette, the drift of which matches my own feelings. I'm very disappointed that I missed David T. Little's Dog Days, which both Heidi and Steve singled out for praise. Steve, il miglior fabbro, will have the final word, when his CD list is published in Time Out NY; advance rumors suggest that it will be a happy day for Stéphane Denève.