Having survived my seventh season as general manager of the world’s largest opera company, I have recently been traveling in Europe, assessing singers and overseas productions, and negotiating to include some of them -- like the brilliant new Salzburg Festival production of Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg” -- in the future artistic plans of the Metropolitan Opera.
Old photographs adorn the mantelpiece in Lee John Mynhardt’s living room. In one, he’s standing beside his parents and sister. In another, he’s all smiles as he wraps his arms around some college buddies.
After a Broadway season in which one play out of 25 was written by a woman (Emma Rice, adapting Noel Coward ’s “Brief Encounter”), accomplished females in theater convened on a New York stage last night for honors of their own devising, the second annual “ Lilly Awards .”