A Solo From The Pit
A Solo From The Pit

A Solo From The Pit NYC Reviews and Tickets

(17 Ratings)
Members say
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Disappointing, Quirky

About the Show

Musician Elias Faingersh plays us through a comedic crash course in finding operatic (and personal) meaning, as he recounts his decision to leave a coveted position at the Metropolitan Opera in this solo show.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (17)

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1184 Reviews | 467 Followers
Masterful, Refreshing, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want to see something new, fresh, original and inspiring. Plus you might just learn something about opera.

Don't see it if You don’t like original music or hearing about other people’s journeys in life.

276 Reviews | 48 Followers
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Masterful

See it if You enjoy people who follow their dreams.

Don't see it if You like strictly classical music.

245 Reviews | 37 Followers
Enchanting, Funny, Great singing, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You want to see an opera for dummies tutorial. Helped a lot before I saw Carmen at the met. Also an interesting life story.

Don't see it if You do not like opera made fun of or are a purist.

147 Reviews | 29 Followers
Clever, Funny, Quirky, Fresh, Honest

See it if You love music, one person's story well told intrigues you, you like your comedy with a mix of pathos

Don't see it if You don't like one-man shows, you dislike music, you prefer conventional plot and dialogue

445 Reviews | 146 Followers
Entertaining, Irreverent, Great music, Great musical performance, So-so autobio

See it if you like opera classics remixed, modern day verbal & musical interpretations of ludicrous opera plots. Point of view of a pit defector.

Don't see it if dislike live looping, want more reverential fare. Has what I can only describe as a crazy-uncle-from-the-old-country sense of humor. Read more

563 Reviews | 193 Followers
Delightful, Entertaining, Great music, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if You have an interest in opera. You want a modern take on opera stories & a memoir from an orchestra musician. You want original music.

Don't see it if You prefer a more seasoned performer: while his stories were enjoyable to hear, his delivery is awkward. You have no interest in opera.

64 Reviews | 15 Followers
Entertaining, Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant, Slow

See it if You have a night to see something out - was interesting

Don't see it if You like musicals

762 Reviews | 147 Followers
Clever, Good music, Funny, Refreshing

See it if Play with trombone player with storys, some are funny. Music is refreshing and clever.

Don't see it if you hate the trombone sound. Loud music at times. Read more

Critic Reviews (2)

Orlando Sentinel
May 14th, 2018
For a previous production

“Delightfully entertaining...Faingersh is a virtuoso trombonist...In his very funny one-man show, the musician uses story lines and music from familiar operas...to recall his life, face his fears and explain his choices...The joy of this production is that it introduces you to a new world, it lets you experience someone else’s passion, it surprises you, it just might teach you something about yourself. Oh, and it’s a little weird, too.”
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Orlando Weekly
May 21st, 2018
For a previous production

“Experiencing a virtuoso trombonist...alone would be worth your Fringe bucks, but Faingersh...adds lively storytelling and musical humor to his one-man show...Faingersh’s musical style is unique...One-man shows can skew overwrought, but the tone is refreshingly light. The ‘follow your dreams’ message is deployed with charming practicality. Unfortunately, Faingersh’s final exhortation was the only audio in this show that I could not clearly hear...I left feeling lifted and entertained.”
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