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A lively, exuberant “Barber” contrasts with a dismal, revisionist “Carmen” in Santa Fe  – Aug 03, 2022

The programming formula at Santa Fe Opera generally includes two perennial […]

Santa Fe Opera returns with courageous yet musically flawed premiere of “M. Butterfly” – Jul 31, 2022

The Santa Fe Opera is back.  After 2020, the first summer […]

Verdi vittoria: Muti, CSO wrap season with a thrilling “Un ballo in maschera” – Jun 28, 2022

One wonders what Giuseppe Verdi would have thought of a performance […]

Armenian music spotlighted in style by the Aznavoorian Duo – Jun 22, 2022

“Gems from Armenia.” Ani Aznavoorian, cellist; Marta Aznavoorian, pianist (Cedille).  The […]

Kissin’s artistry offers finely balanced meal, saving the fireworks for last at Carnegie – May 23, 2022

There was just one rule at pianist Evgeny Kissin’s recital Friday […]

Drama and strong cast, undermined by sound, fury and duration in Met’s “Hamlet” – May 17, 2022

Brett Dean and Matthew Jocelyn’s Hamlet has arrived at the Metropolitan […]

DiDonato plants a seed in with ecology-themed, rock-show recital – Apr 27, 2022

In the last few years, the mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato has appeared […]

Rust Belt bel canto: Met provides a dark, mostly compelling update to “Lucia” – Apr 25, 2022

Cheers greeted Simon Stone and his creative team Saturday night as […]

Arlene Sierra’s “Bird Symphony” to take flight with Utah Symphony – Apr 15, 2022

This season the Utah Symphony seems to be encouraging audience members […]

Yuja Wang rocks the moderns at Carnegie Hall – Apr 14, 2022

It’s not every pianist who can sell out Carnegie Hall without […]