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Mariusz Kwiecien in his signature role with Lyric Opera of Chicago’s “Don Giovanni” – Sep 30, 2014

It’s a good thing “stand and deliver” is no longer the preferred [...]

Netrebko tears it up in the Met’s riveting, well-sung “Macbeth” – Sep 26, 2014

Opera, as we know, is not just about the singing. To hear [...]

New York Philharmonic gets down to business with Mahler, Chin premiere – Sep 25, 2014

After last week’s peculiar gala concert, the New York Philharmonic was back [...]

No class (struggle) act but terrific cast shines in Met’s season-opening “Figaro” – Sep 24, 2014

After a summer of difficult and often hostile wrangling over labor issues, [...]

Muti, Chicago Symphony open new season with a mixed Beethoven Ninth – Sep 22, 2014

In the 190 years since Beethoven conducted the premiere of his Symphony [...]

Chicago Opera Theater’s worthy revival of Bloch’s “Macbeth” undone by unkind cuts – Sep 15, 2014

The Andreas Mitisek era at Chicago Opera Theater has been one of [...]

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 [...]