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Four Opera Stagings in Parma: Traditional to Ingenious to Ridiculous

October 20, 2017 | George Loomis, Musical America
PARMA, ITALY—As with opera in the rest of Italy, the Parma Verdi Festival has had its ups and downs. On my last visit, in 2008 , things were looking up. A product of the city’s Teatro Regio, the festival had grown to a four-week event … »Read


Prestini's Hubble Cantata: 45 Minutes of Snooze for Five of Dazzle

October 18, 2017 | Richard Ginell 
HOLLYWOOD, CA—Two cardinal rules in show business are, “always leave ‘em wanting more,” and “you gotta have a gimmick.” Both can be applied to Paola Prestini’s The Hubble Cantata , which tries to grapple … »Read


'Monteverdi 450' Takes Chicago by Storm

October 17, 2017 | Wynne Delacoma, Musical America
CHICAGO—John Eliot Gardiner brought his Monteverdi 450 project, launched in April in Aix-en-Provence, to the U.S. last week. The result at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in downtown Chicago was sheer magic. Designed to honor … »Read


Boulez's Repóns at the Armory: An Ideal Fit

October 12, 2017 | Bruce Hodges, Musical America
In 1986, Pierre Boulez's Rep óns arrived for its United States premiere, staged at the Columbia University gymnasium, with the Ensemble Intercontemporain (EIC) led by the composer. Writing in The New York Times , chief music critic Donal … »Read


Musical Gems at the Dublin Theater Festival

October 10, 2017 | Keith Clarke, Musical America
DUBLIN--One of Ireland’s best-kept secrets is the Dublin Theater Festival, which has been putting a first-class season in the city’s historic venues for 60 years. Festival Artistic Director and CEO Willie White is keen to link theater … »Read


Resistance, Sorrow, and Hope from the Momenta Quartet

October 9, 2017 | Bruce Hodges, Musical America
NEW YORK – Politics and art can create powerful, persuasive synergy when fused imaginatively. In a program titled “Tyrants and Liberators,” the Momenta Quartet offered unusually topical commentary that touched both head and … »Read