Saturday, June 18, 2011

Published Works



Google: Les Dreyer after Feb. 2004; for photos visit blog site:


"All in a Day's Work" Reader's Digest, Oct. 1976"

"Checkmates" Opera News, Dec.18, 1976
"Checkmates" Reprinted in Allegro, Jan. 1977
"Pitfalls" Opera News, Oct.1977
"Trailing the Met on Tour" Opera News, Apr.8,1978
"Stand –Partner" Opera News, Sept. 1978
"Don't Mug Musicians" The New York Times, Oct.17,1979
"An Opera Buff's Guide" Ovation, March, 1980
"The Deaf Music Critic" Ovation, May, 1980
"The Pit & the Pendulum" Opera News, March 14,1981
"Remembrances of Corelli" Classical Singer, Feb.2004
"A Devil's Dictionary for Musicians" The Juilliard Journal, April 04
"Chess with Pavarotti" Classical Singer, April, 04
"Wagner Has His Moments---But" Classical Singer, Oct. 04
"Follow the Leader" Classical Singer, Nov. 04
"Monsters On The Podium" Classical Singer, April, 05
"Biffing" Classical Singer, Sept. 05
"The Night I Held Hands With Marian Anderson" C.S. Nov. 05
"My Oedipus Rex Complex" Classical Singer, Sept. 06
"Mozart is in Heaven" Classical Singer, Dec. 06
"A Devil's Dictionary for Singers" Classical Singer, April, 07

"Parlez-vous Italiano, Bitte?" Classical Singer, July, 07
"Confessions of a Juilliard Renegade" Classical Singer, Sept.07
"Remembering Pavarotti" Classical Singer, Nov. 07
"Measuring the Maestros" Classical Singer, May, 08


"Van Koppenhagen Cello Recital" Martha's Vineyard Gazette, 8/20/71
"Intellect vs. Emotion" (A&L) The New York Times, Sept.2,1979
"Proust & Physical Fitness" (mag.) The New York Times, Nov.4,1979
"Quirky Auditions" The New York Times, Feb.22,1981
"Remembering David Bar-Illan The Juilliard Journal, Nov.5, 2003
"It's the Trumpets" The New York Times, Jan.18,2004
"Ansermet's Appetites" The New York Times, Feb.8, 2004
"A Penny a Note" The New York Times,Mar.30, 2004
"A Triad of Tongues" (City section) New York Times,April 11,2004
"The Sweetest Sound" The New York Times,May 23,2004
"Payment in Car" (Arts&Leisure) The New York Times,July 11 ,2004
"Orchestral Maneuvers" (magazine) The New York Times,July 11,2004
"Carlos Kleiber" (Arts&Leisure) The New York Times,Aug.22,2004
"Hair Rules" The New York Times,Sept.6, 2004
"Close Encounters" The New York Times, Nov.11, 04
"Doggone It" New York Magazine, Dec.20-27, 04
"Drop-Out Makes Good"(A&L) The New York Times, Dec.18,04
"Orchestral Composition" The New Yorker, Feb.28,05
"Orchestral Codes; Life in the Pit" (A & L) The New York Times,Feb.27,05
"The Test of a Maestro" The New York Times, April, 05
"Wagner: The Man & the Music"(A&L) The NY Times, May l, 05
"My Lesson With Elman (Sort Of)" (City section) The NY Times, May 1, 05
"Please Be Quiet, Please" (Book Review) The NY Times,May 29,05
"Gautier on Women" New York Magazine, May 30,05
"Belle Epoque" New York Magazine, Aug.29, 05
"Remembering Carla" Classical Singer, Oct. 05
"What's a Modern Girl to Do?"magazine NY Times, Nov.17, 05
"She's a Catch" (magazine) NY Times, New York Magazine, Nov. 21,05
"Notes About Wrong Notes" (A & L) The NY Times, Nov.27,05
"Striking a Sour Note" (Science Times)The NY Times, Nov.29,05
"Sunshine State" (Book Review) The NY Times, Dec.18,05
"The Tenor and the Terror…" The NY Times, Dec.23, 05
"The 5th Annual Year in Ideas" (mag.section) The NY Times, Jan.1,06
"Musical Glee" (Science Times) The NY Times, Jan.31, 05
"Birgit Nilsson" Classical Singer, March 06
"The Tears at the Met" The NY Times, April 4, 06
"Eat the Document" (Book Review) The NY Times, April 9,06
"MoMA Revisted" New York Magazine, April 24, 06
"Can Eating Salmon Lower . ." NYTimes (mag.section) April 30, 06
"No Sex, Please" (Book Review) NYTimes, Sept.10, 06
"Only Cats Get the Joke" (Science sect.) The NYTimes, Sept.12 ,06
"Giving the Trombone Its Due" (A & L) The NYTimes, Oct. 22, 06
"From High in the Balcony, the Boobirds Sang" The NYTimes, Dec.16, 06
"How Can I Keep My Nose Warm?" The Guardian Weekly, Jan.5-11, 07
"Mr. Tendentious" New York magazine, Jan.22, 07
"Shoot the Piano Player" The NYTimes, Mar.2, 07
"The Halls Are Alive With the Sound of Rest" The NYTimes, June 2, 07
"The Pleasure of Drowning" The Guardian Weekly, June 22, 07
"Opera Stars, Past and Present" (City sect.) The NYTimes, Aug.26, 07
"Why Do Small Dogs Bark So Much?" The Guardian Weekly, Sept.9, 07
"A Thrilling Instrument" The New York Times, Sept.11, 07
"Seductive Voices" (Science section) The New York Times, Dec.4, 07
"Kill the Cat That Kills the Bird?" (mag.section) The New York Times, Dec.16, 07
"Why are cats so obsessive about cleaning" The Guardian Weekly, Jan.4, 08
"Is It an Opera?" The New York Times, Jan.27, 08
"Oh, Let Those Musicians Groove to the Beat" The New York Times, Feb. 8, 08
"Questions That Should Never Be Asked" The Guardian Weekly, Feb.29, 08
"If You Are Undercharged In a Restaurant" The Guardian Weekly, March 7,08
"The Singing Conductors" The New York Times, April 5, 08
"Why Does Music in a Minor Key Sound Sad?" The Guardian Weekly, May 30, 08
"A Little Black Dress and the Ear of the Beholder" The New York Times, June 18, 08
"Why Do Butterflies Fly Out to Sea?" The Guardian Weekly, June 20, 08
"Who Uses Hotel Mini-bars?" The Guardian Weekly, Aug.22, 08
"In Search of That Lost Buzz Saw Concerto" The New York Times, Sept.8, 08
"Why are Holidays so Short?" The Guardian Weekly, Sept. 19, 08
"Why So Serious?" The New Yorker, Oct. 13, 08
"Why Does Spaghetti . . . " The Guardian Weekly, Oct.10, 08
"Whatever Happened to Mothballs?" The Guardian Weekly, Dec.19, 08
"Mahler Fan With Baton . . . " The New York Times, Dec. 25, 08
"Is It an Opera or a Musical?" Muso, Winter issue, 08-09
"Ode to Joy" The Economist, Jan. 17, 09
"Red Corner" Book Review Section The New York Times, Jan. 25, 09
"Why does God move in mysterious ways?" The Guardian Weekly, Feb.20, 09
"The Philadelphia Sound" The New York Times, Mar.17, 09
"Handel's Handle" The Economist, Mar.28, 09
"The Loyalist" (Gergiev) (magazine section ) The New York Times, Mar. 29, 09
"Retirement" The Guardian Weekly, April 3, 09
"A Dismal Sense of Humor?" The Guardian Weekly, April 24, 09
"The Dignified Diva" Book Review section The New York Times, May 17, 09


 In Tune With the Stone Age, July 6. 2009


 "No Texting Please!"  The New York Times, September 23, 2009

"Why Pianists Need Page-turners" The Guardian Weekly, Oct.9, 09

"Where Do All the Books End Up?" The Guardian Weekly, Oct.30, 09

"The Butterfly Conductor" The Guardian Weekly, Nov.13, 09 (letter about Gergiev)

"Keeping Up the Pressure" The New York Times, Nov.29, 09 (Gustavo Dudamel)

"The Kindness Hormone" (oxytocin)  NYTimes Science section, Dec.1, 09

"String Symphony" (Parker violins) The Economist, Jan.2nd-8th, 2010

"What do thieves do with the 'H' and 'C' studs from hand-basin taps?" The Guardian Weekly, Jan.8, 2010

"Catching a Catchy Tune" (earworms)  NYTimes Science section, March 23, 2010

"Which section of the Guardian Weekly do you read first?"  April 30, 2010


"Young Conductors: Old Fires Burn, Too"         NYTimes Arts & Leisure section, July 18,2010 

"False face or innocent decoration?"                                     The Guardian Weekly, Sept.24,2010

"The Mystique of Ballet"                                                                               NYTimes, Sept. 28,2010

   "Snooze and You Lose All in the Stalls"                              The Guardian Weekly, Nov.12, 2010

"Butt of the orchestra"                                                           The Guardian Weekly, Dec.3, 2010

"A very doubtful diva"                                                            The Guardian Weekly, Jan.28, 2011

"Print that Strad"                                                                The Economist, Feb.26-March 4, 2011

"Grace Notes" (aka "Secret Passage")                                             The New Yorker, May 16, 2011

"Saving the Opera"                                                                   The New York Times, June 13, 2011


"The Buchenwald Symphony Jewish Life, Fall 1975
"The Fastest Tremolo in the West" The South Dakota Review, Summer issue, 1977

"The Saboteur Claquer" Ovation, Jan.1982


U.S. Marine Corps Training Manuals, Maps, etc. 1951-53
"No Prompter" The Juilliard Journal, Feb.2002
"Reverie" The Juilliard Journal, April, 2002
"Isolde" The Juilliard Journal, Oct. 2002
"Live From the Met" The Juilliard Journal, Feb. 2003
"Out of Tuna" The Juilliard Journal, Nov.2003
"A Winter's Tale" The Juilliard Journal, Jan. 2004
"Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow" The Juilliard Journal, April 05
"Prop Man Errs" The Juilliard Journal, Sept.05
"Double Bass" The Juilliard Journal, Sept.06
"Water Music" The Juilliard Journal, May,07
"The Suzuki Rebellion" The Juilliard Journal, Sept. 08


International Who's Who in Music 1985-to present
Table Tennis Topics Feb. 1976
Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature: vol. 36, 37, 38, & 40
NY Times Index 1979
WQXR interview; Met Orchestra Roundtable March 13, 1999
Spotlight The Juilliard Journal, Sept. 06
Sirius Met Broadcast interview April 11, 2007


Erasmus Hall H.S.
Concertmaster of NYC All-H.S. Orchestra 1946
Yaddo Contemporary Music Festival 1949
Concertmaster: Juilliard Opera Orchestra 1949-51
Juilliard Sc.Music Scholarship, violin diploma 1951
Columbia Univ. B.S. in music 1961
Columbia U. Graduate Sc. Musicology courses 1961
National Orchestral Assn. (Leon Barzin) 1950s
WNYC "Young American Artist Series" 1947
NBC –TV Opera Orchestra, Symphony of the Air, 1954
Kohon String Quartet, New Orleans Philharmonic,
National Symphony (Wash.D.C.), Radio City 1955
Music Hall, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra 1961--
Associate-Principal 2nd-violin 1970-2000
Chicago Lyric Opera, Principal 2nd-violin 1969
Aegina Arts Centre, Greece trio in residence &
Faculty teaching position. Summers of 1972 & 1973


U.S. Marine Corps, drafted in Korean Conflict 1951
Active Reserve as Corporal until 1959
National Defense Medal; Audio-Visual Aids Unit
Camp LeJeune, N.C. Active Duty: Nov.5, 1951-53


Chess (1st prize Manhattan Chess Club Class-B
Tournament 1969.) Table Tennis (see biographic
article by Reba Monness in "Table Tennis Topics" Feb.76)
Favorite Authors: Proust, Nabokov, Gogol, Stendahl,
Baudelaire, Gautier, & other 19th C. French poets
& writers. Also, Goethe, Heine, Schiller, etc.
Art History; particularly Asian art.
Foreign Languages: Many --- on a Berlitz level.
Japanese Culture: Bushido, Films, Martial Arts,
Fine Arts, etc.
Feeding & Loving Care of Cats


Solos on Arthur Godfrey "Talent Scouts" TV, Paul Whiteman's "Steel Pier" TV show (1st Prize). Asst.Concertmaster "Fiddler on the Roof" Bdwy. Musical (2 weeks), Lead violin for Copacabana strings for shows in late 50's and recordings with Paul Anka, Bobby Darin, Patti Paige, Tony Bennett, etc. Solos and shows for Catskill hotels: Grossinger's , Concord (Marlene Dietrich, 1960!), Windsor Hotel, Plaza Hotel, Chester's, etc. etc. Most bizarre club date: Sara Vaughn, at Basin Street East, with jazz band. Most fun: gypsy violin solos on hotel jobs with Vera Brynner (Yul Brynner's sister). Also, "society club-dates" a.k.a. "continuous jobs" with Lester Lanin and Meyer Davis musicians.


Monday, June 13, 2011 Saving the Opera

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Letter:  Saving the Opera
A reader responds to a recent op-ed about saving the New York City Opera.