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Grand singing in SFO’s “Norma” rises above baffling staging – Sep 12, 2014

Finally—Norma, the forestry version. San Francisco Opera’s batting average has been highly [...]

San Francisco Opera delivers a powerful and visually striking “Susannah” – Sep 10, 2014

It was an affecting sight to see the 88-year-old Carlisle Floyd take [...]

Kaminsky’s transgender opera “As One” makes a poignant and remarkable premiere – Sep 06, 2014

American Opera Projects has produced a number of significant new pieces in [...]

Met and musician unions agreed to share the pain – Aug 20, 2014

[UPDATE: On Tuesday the Met also reached an agreement with IATSE Local [...]

Met reaches agreement with musicians union and chorus – Aug 18, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera reached an agreement early Monday morning with the musicians [...]

Kalmar, Grant Park Orchestra wrap 80th season with resounding Ravel and a Bolcom premiere – Aug 17, 2014

After a summer that began with several rain-drenched concerts, the Grant Park [...]

Philharmonia Baroque’s “Teseo” teeters between broad comedy, deeper emotions at Tanglewood – Aug 16, 2014

It took a while to realize it, but what Nicholas McGegan, the [...]

Grant Park Music Festival to wrap season with Bill Bolcom premiere – Aug 12, 2014

As the musical organization in Chicago most committed to works of American [...]

Theofanidis’ “Northern Lights” premiere proves less than the sum of its multimedia parts – Aug 10, 2014

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who like [...]

Santa Fe Opera’s leaden “Dr. Sun Yat-sen” leaves one hungry for more musical substance – Aug 09, 2014

When Santa Fe Opera decided to pull the plug on the world [...]