Offenbach Finally Bows in Salzburg

August 23, 2019 | George Loomis, Musical America
Offerings at the Salzburg Festival are so wide ranging that a uniform theme is often impossible to discern, but this summer its seems to be classical mythology. And what better diversion from the travails of Medea and Oedipus than an Offenbach … » Read


Salzburg Médée Is a Little Too Hip

August 22, 2019 | George Loomis, Musical America
SALZBURG--The Grosses Festpielhaus was the venue for Simon Stone’s new production of Cherubini’s Médée ( Medea ), a less successful exercise in updating (seen on August 16) than the previous evening’s Simon … » Read


Gergiev Oversees Salzburg's New Simon Boccanegra

August 21, 2019 | George Loomis, Musical America
SALZBURG--The summer Salzburg Festival has not had much experience with Simon Boccanegra. Prior to this summer, the opera—one of Verdi’s most noble, moving, and serious—was staged here only once, in a 1961 production by Herbert … » Read


Salzburg Alcina: Fast and Loose Staging Still Manages to Entertain

August 20, 2019 | George Loomis, Musical America
SALZBURG-- In contrast to what Idomeneo had to endure, Salzburg’s other opera seria of the summer, Handel’s Alcina at the Haus für Mozart starring Cecilia Bartoli, had to contend merely with the expected foibles of a trendy … » Read


In Salzburg’s New Idomeneo, Mozart Gets Lost in the Shuffle

August 19, 2019 | George Loomis, Musical America
SALZBURG--Climate change is on people’s minds today, as well it should be. It’s a hard case to make through the medium of opera, particular an 18th-century opera, but in his new production of Mozart’s Idomeneo at the Salzburg … » Read


Brooklyn Rider Meets Mostly Mozart

August 9, 2019 | Clive Paget, Musical America
“Mostly Mozart” might seem an unlikely fit for Brooklyn Rider, an ensemble better known for Muhly and Mehldau and whose cross-genre explorations of bluegrass and pop have seen them dabbling in Kate Bush and Björk. But as … » Read


John Luther Adams and JACK Break New Ground at Tippet Rise

August 8, 2019 | Thomas May, Musical America
FISHTAIL, MT— The vast, roiling orchestral soundscape of the Prize-winning Become Ocean has served many listeners as an entrée into the world of John Luther Adams. A number of other compositions and installations cast on a large … » Read


What Do a Cimbalom, a Kamancheh, and a Shamisen Have in Common? ICE.

August 7, 2019 | Clive Paget, Musical America
New voices; new sounds; new worlds. It’s an ambitious ask for a projected 75-minute concert, but if anyone can deliver it would be ICE. In the event, the International Contemporary Ensemble, a lineup of America’s brightest and bravest … » Read


NYO 1 and 2 Strut Their Stuff at Carnegie Hall

August 6, 2019 | Bruce Hodges, Musical America
NEW YORK – In 2013, the National Youth Orchestra of the United States (NYO-USA) was born—created at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute to give orchestral training to students ages 16-to-19 from all over the country. In 2013, … » Read


The Reality of Blue's Story Precludes Dramatic Tension in the Opera

July 31, 2019 | George Loomis, Musical America
Among the plethora of operas having their world premieres by American opera companies this summer, several take on racially charged subjects. Last month Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones , based on a memoir by New York Times … » Read

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