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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 […]

JACK Quartet and Anthony McGill serve up American music spanning 65 years – Nov 23, 2015

Founded in 2014 by Chicago-based music critic and editor of the Classical […]

Nelsons, Boston Symphony reflect on mortality during a tragic week – Nov 21, 2015

A Boston Symphony Orchestra program planned a year or more ago proved […]

Rattle, Berlin Philharmonic deliver an edgy, electrifying Beethoven Fifth – Nov 20, 2015

For the second installment of their weeklong Beethoven cycle at Carnegie Hall, […]

Chicago Symphony’s new bicoastal composers find common musical ground – Nov 19, 2015

Elizabeth Ogonek and Samuel Adams, the Chicago Symphony’s new composers-in-residence, seem deceptively […]

After a somber tribute, Lyric Opera serves up an elegant and exuberant “Merry Widow” – Nov 17, 2015

The horrific events that took place 24 hours earlier in Paris had […]

Glass’s revised “Appomattox” proves even more unwieldy at Washington National Opera – Nov 15, 2015

In some ways, the United States is still fighting the Civil War. […]

Boston Lyric Opera probes the modern psyche with Glass’s “In the Penal Colony” – Nov 13, 2015

In the age of Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo, it’s tempting to see […]