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Hahn delivers gleaming performance of Ysaÿe sonatas – Aug 09, 2023

Ysaÿe: Six Sonatas for Solo Violin. Hilary Hahn. Deutsche Grammophon (CD). […]

Santa Fe season of rarities rounded out by a “Rusalka”of probing psychological depth – Aug 05, 2023

As if there were not enough reasons to visit Santa Fe […]

Dubious “Dutchman” and trenchant “Tosca” refract two classics through modern lenses at Santa Fe Opera – Aug 02, 2023

General director Robert Meya has given Wagner fans cause to rejoice: […]

A dazzling desert season bears rich fruit with Santa Fe Opera’s Debussy, Monteverdi – Jul 30, 2023

Santa Fe Opera has served up a connoisseur’s season this summer, […]

André Watts 1946-2023 – Jul 17, 2023

The American pianist André Watts died on July 12, age 77, […]

Opera Festival of Chicago provides compelling local premiere for “Murder in the Cathedral” – Jul 10, 2023

Three months ago I wrote a column encouraging more enterprising efforts […]

Haymarket Opera exhumes a melodic gem with Hasse’s “Marc’Antonio e Cleopatra” – Jun 27, 2023

One advantage of having a smartly programmed Baroque opera company in […]

Muti wraps his CSO tenure with a noble and dramatic “Missa Solemnis” – Jun 26, 2023

This weekend’s season-closing Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts also mark the double […]

The Riccardo Muti era at CSO: First-class hires, memorable opera nights, and bland, repetitive programs – Jun 15, 2023

At 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 25, Riccardo Muti will give […]

Chicago Symphony musicians shine in a resplendent Mahler farewell with Hrůša  – Jun 10, 2023

Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 was not his final creative statement. […]