Author Archive

Pierre Boulez 1925-2016 – Jan 06, 2016

Pierre Boulez, one of the most important figures in 20th century classical […]

Kwiecien, striking production provide inspired advocacy for Met’s “Pearl Fishers” – Jan 02, 2016

Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers is in no way a great opera. An […]

Anonymous 4 rings down the curtain with a final holiday program – Dec 22, 2015

When four female singers gathered in New York in 1986 for informal […]

Kurt Masur 1927-2015 – Dec 21, 2015

Kurt Masur, a musician whose discipline, command, and stature returned the New […]

Star trio makes Met’s “La Donna del Lago” a memorable evening – Dec 13, 2015

It’s easy to take the operatic canon for granted; the repertory at […]

To San Francisco Opera’s “Usher” double bill—Nevermore! – Dec 10, 2015

Author of some of the most musical language in all of American […]

Despite compelling music, muddled scenario proves fatal to Lyric Opera’s “Bel Canto” – Dec 09, 2015

Anthony Freud’s favorite adjective for his model of a modern major opera […]

Guerrilla theater: Current events make Lyric Opera of Chicago’s “Bel Canto” a timely premiere – Dec 06, 2015

It is a young composer’s first opera, a playwright’s first libretto, and […]

Adams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning work offers timely environmental music for Miami – Dec 03, 2015

John Luther Adams isn’t the first composer to set the sounds of […]

Met’s “Bohème” provides warmth and comfort in a harsh world – Nov 27, 2015

In the current harsh, unsettling landscape of religio-political barbarism, it’s understandable to seek […]