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Gerald Finley, bringing the dark lord of “Bluebeard’s Castle” to life at Met Opera – Jan 24, 2019

On a recent weekday inside the Metropolitan Opera House, with a dress […]

Ailing Zubin Mehta to skip farewell U.S. tour with Israel Philharmonic – Jan 18, 2019

Conductor Zubin Mehta will not join the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra on a […]

Life upon the talky stage, as Met ushers in new year with Cilea’s “Adriana” – Jan 04, 2019

Whether you consider it justly neglected or an opera for connoisseurs, Francesco […]

Gardner, Chicago Symphony take flight with Nielsen’s “Inextinguishable” – Dec 11, 2018

If there ever was a time for a Carl Nielsen renaissance, it […]

Netrebko brings dollops of diva and Russian drama to Lyric Opera recital – Dec 10, 2018

Listeners with long memories will recall a time when concerts of songs […]

Barcelona’s Teatre Liceu scores a triumph with a starkly effective “Káťa Kabanová”    – Nov 27, 2018

BARCELONA. Operas by Czech composers have enjoyed a rich performance history at […]

Lindsey triumphs in U.S. debut of Gounod’s “Sapho” at Washington Concert Opera – Nov 20, 2018

The lion’s share of Charles Gounod’s operas no longer see the stage. […]

Dazzling visuals outshine uneven score in Met’s “Marnie” premiere – Oct 22, 2018

Alfred Hitchcock has made it to the Metropolitan Opera stage—sort of. The […]

Nico Muhly to go back to the future with Met premiere of “Marnie” – Oct 20, 2018

Opera has a long, honorable tradition of using stories inspired by novels. […]

Chicago Symphony principals knock it out of the park in a thrillingly virtuosic “Sheherazade”  – Sep 29, 2018

Often there is a tendency for classical audiences—and, to be honest, classical […]