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Met’s stolid “Meistersinger” fails to reach the high notes – Dec 04, 2014

In all the uproar over the alleged anti-semitism of John Adams’s The [...]

Lyric Opera has plenty of something with a moving, vocally resplendent “Porgy and Bess” – Nov 20, 2014

If George Gershwin has lived just five years more, what riches might [...]

After 20 years, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony are still coloring outside the lines – Nov 19, 2014

Nearly 41 years ago, a lanky 29-year-old stepped onto the stage of [...]

Lyric Opera delivers the vocal thunder in a dark and combustible “Trovatore” – Oct 29, 2014

An apt target for skewering by the Marx Brothers and even before, [...]

Despite the protests and an uneven staging, Met’s powerful “Klinghoffer” makes a devastating impact – Oct 22, 2014

The loudest sound Monday night was the ovation for John Adams as [...]

SFO’s madcap “Partenope” serves up fine vocalism and broad comedy in equal measures – Oct 20, 2014

Defeated in battle and thwarted in love, Emilio, played by tenor Alek [...]

Takács Quartet at their peak in wide-ranging program – Oct 19, 2014

With the Chicago Symphony Orchestra departing this week for another European tour, [...]

Met’s “Klinghoffer” deserves an open mind, not political censorship – Oct 18, 2014

The comedian Bill Maher jokes that he was the only one fired [...]

Handel and Haydn launches 200th anniversary season with Baroque splendor – Oct 12, 2014

Message to college students now flocking to Boston: Symphony Hall is the [...]

Conductor Davis, radiant Fleming make a case for Strauss’s talky “Capriccio” – Oct 08, 2014

In the early going of Capriccio the brittle, artsy musings of the wealthy [...]