Archive for the ‘A Rich Possession’ Category

POLITICAL WALLS, CULTURAL EMISSARIES

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

By James Conlon Since arriving in New York in mid-October to rehearse Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at the Metropolitan Opera, and until finishing my last concert with RAI National Symphony Orchestra (Torino) on Friday night, I have not conducted a note of music that is not Russian.  I flew to Europe immediately after the last […]

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SHOSTAKOVICH AND LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK

Monday, November 10th, 2014

By James Conlon   On the occasion of the opening of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Dimitri Shostakovich’s opera, I have revisited an article that I wrote for Opera News in 1994 at the time I conducted the opera in its first presentation at the Met. I have expanded and re-written a great deal of […]

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The Oblique Censor, Part 3 of 3

Monday, October 20th, 2014

 By James Conlon The following post is adapted from James Conlon’s Keynote Address at the symposium “Music, Censorship and Meaning in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union: Echoes and Consequences” on August 9, 2014 presented by the Ziering-Conlon Initiative at the Colburn school with the cooperation of the Orel Foundation. A public cannot clamor for […]

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The Oblique Censor, Part 2 of 3

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

By James Conlon The following post is adapted from James Conlon’s Keynote Address at the symposium “Music, Censorship and Meaning in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union: Echoes and Consequences” on August 9, 2014 presented by the Ziering-Conlon Initiative at the Colburn school with the cooperation of the Orel Foundation.  Is it justified to speak […]

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The Oblique Censor, Part 1 of 3

Friday, September 5th, 2014

By James Conlon The following is adapted from James Conlon’s Keynote Address at the symposium “Music, Censorship and Meaning in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union: Echoes and Consequences” on August 9, 2014, presented by the Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices at the Colburn School in Los Angeles with the cooperation of the Orel Foundation. […]

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The Elephant in the Audience

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

By James Conlon Last Friday night, May 9, I conducted a program at Carnegie Hall, the penultimate concert not only for this year’s installment of Spring for Music, but, it would seem, forever. In the audience, it seemed to me, was an enormous (they usually are) and benevolent elephant. I appeared there with the forces […]

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The Ziering-Conlon Initiative at the Colburn School

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

By James Conlon As readers of Musical America may know, I have long been an advocate for the works of composers whose lives and musical legacies were damaged through their suppression by the Third Reich.  Last month this mission experienced a moment of great promise with the announcement of a gift of $1 million from […]

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VIVA VERDI

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

By James Conlon Today the world is marking the two-hundredth birthday of Giuseppe Verdi. It started already last night (he may have possibly been born in the evening of October 9). In either case, it really has been going on all year, and well it should. Verdi has been with me my entire life, since […]

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BACK TO WORK

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

By James Conlon Done! My convalescence officially came to an end last Thursday when I started rehearsing Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Metropolitan Opera. Having recently come through surgery to correct damage from repeated bouts of diverticulitis, the fragility of life is on my mind. In general, I write rarely about myself […]

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BRUNO BARTOLETTI

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

By James Conlon Several great classical musicians have passed away in recent months.  Van Cliburn, Henri Dutilleux and Sir Colin Davis have each left an enormous mark on our world, and their passing, in keeping with their international status, has been rightly observed on several continents. Today I offer a personal homage to the conductor […]

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