Opera Chic is honored to be name checked in Alex Ross's most recent article for The New Yorker, "Taking Liberties: Reviving the art of classical improvisation".
In Ross's piece, he mind-blowingly illuminated a handful of recent New York concerts where improvisational cadenzas ran (un)manicured (and were even encouraged): Will Crutchfield's bel-canto blow-out at the Caramoor Festival, which paired cadenze fetishists vs. purists in a passionate debate for Rossini's Semiramide & Donizetti's L'Elisir. While further south at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival, both the pianist Robert Levin (via Mozart's Piano Concerto K.482) and the violinist Joshua Bell (via the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto Opus 64) presented their own cadenze to the delight of the jaded crowds.
If you haven't yet read it, go make it happen. What Alex Ross doesn't know is that every post on Opera Chic actually contains an anagram of "The Rest is Noise" in it, which subliminally drives traffic back to his site. SEETHE IN IT ROSS!