Benjamin’s “Written on Skin” flays opera conventions in U.S. premiere – Aug 14, 2015

George Benjamin’s Written on Skin was heard in its American debut Tuesday […]

Bronfman ignites a Prokofiev storm at Ravinia – Aug 14, 2015

In Chicago, one tends to associate Yefim Bronfman with music of Brahms, […]

Powerful “Salome” and problematic Mozart at Santa Fe Opera – Aug 08, 2015

Why do people laugh so much in performances of Richard Strauss’s Salome? […]

“Cold Mountain” is a long, bleak night in Santa Fe Opera premiere – Aug 06, 2015

Few moments equal the excitement of the world premiere of a new […]

A sensational “Rigoletto” debut and uneven “La fille” at Santa Fe Opera – Aug 05, 2015

For one of its standard repertoire pieces this season, Santa Fe Opera […]

Conlon, Chicago Symphony vivid and stylish in Brahms and Zemlinsky at Ravinia – Jul 31, 2015

Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid is familiar to modern audiences– mostly […]

Hampson brings power and eloquence to German lied and American song at Ravinia – Jul 30, 2015

No living opera singer has done more for the cause of American […]

A memorable evening with Igor Levit and Bach at Ravinia – Jul 17, 2015

Three hours of Johann Sebastian Bach on the piano may seem daunting […]

Bryn Terfel makes the Tanglewood stage his world – Jul 11, 2015

There is little doubt that Bryn Terfel remains one of the most […]

San Francisco Opera’s “Two Women” offers Puccini Lite score, melodramatic cliches in world premiere – Jun 14, 2015

San Francisco Opera became Hollywood by the Bay as the company unveiled […]