About Alexandra Ivanoff

Alexandra Ivanoff is a contributor to Artsrevieweurope.com as an arts journalist and to Bachtrack.com as a music critic. A recipient of two degrees in music, she also teaches singing and English pronunciation for singers and actors.

New-Music Riches with Reich and Reiter

In Vienna and New York, concert halls were enriched with the sounds of some of the West’s best new music by two living composers, Steve Reich and Eva Reiter. Of different generations, the former has established a distinct and important identity within the legacy of the 20th and 21st centuries, and the latter has found a compelling new personal language. Viennese composer Eva Reiter enjoyed a spectacular day in the spotlight in her hometown on … Continue reading

Expect the Unexpected with Jérôme Bel 

French choreographer Jérôme Bel’s “The Show Must Go On,” a dance-theatre vehicle that’s been touring the world for years (I saw it in Istanbul in 2013), came to New York’s JOYCE Theatre on Oct 20-22, as part of the French Institute / Alliance Française (FIAF) “Crossing the Line Festival.” In some ways, Bel’s conceit actually did cross the line: while it challenged audience expectations with clever and unpredictable devices, it also, to a certain degree, … Continue reading

Will There Still Be Singing? A Hanns Eisler Cabaret

At a time in history when the subject of the day is exile, American soprano Karyn Levitt has chosen a worthy example to build a one-woman cabaret show around. On October 15, in Manhattan’s Metropolitan Room, she presented her musical valentine for Hanns Eisler, the Astro-German composer who was a contemporary of Kurt Weill. With her colleagues pianist Eric Ostling, accordionist William Schimmel, and guitarist Ira Siegel, Levitt sang a collection of Eisler’s art and theatre … Continue reading