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A Mixed Verdict for This Year's Prototype Festival

January 18, 2018 | George Loomis, Musical America
NEW YORK—Apart from Gregory Sprears’s Fellow Travelers , a known commodity following its successful Cincinnati premiere in 2016, this was not a banner year for the Prototype festival of new operas. Although Michael Gordon’s … »Read


Fellow Travelers: An Innocent's Love Is Shattered

January 15, 2018 | Bruce Hodges, Musical America
Though many people are aware of Joseph McCarthy’s 1950s drive to expunge individuals suspected of communism, some are perhaps less aware of his wrenching corollary, the drive to ferret out homosexuals, in the so-called “Lavender … »Read


At the Prototype Festival, The Echo Drift Zaps the Mind

January 12, 2018 | Bruce Hodges, Musical America
Solitary confinement can cause the mind to react in unpredictable ways. Isolated from markers that delineate time, the brain can wander into undefined territory. On Wednesday at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, the Prototype Festival presented … »Read


The Met's New Tosca: The Pendulum Swings Back, for Better or Worse

January 5, 2018 | George Loomis, Musical America
Has any recent Metropolitan Opera production opened with a more freighted pre-history than its new Tosca ? One by one, as was widely reported, it lost, for various officially stated reasons, one scheduled prima donna (Kristine Opolais), one … »Read


A New Year's Eve of A Cappella Contemplation, Russian Style

January 4, 2018 | Leslie Kandell, Musical America
When it comes to New Year celebrations, New York City’s events range from solemn to madcap. On the former end of that spectrum was an unusual concert on Dec. 31 (repeated Jan. 1) of Russian liturgical music, featuring the U.S. premiere of a … »Read


Orchestras in New York, Fall 2017. Part II

December 22, 2017 | Sedgwick Clark, Musical America
On October 20 in Carnegie Hall, New York audiences were treated to a prime example of the genuine European sound, provided by the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia of Rome under Antonio Pappano. From the first piece, … »Read




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