Polonium Poisoning in the Countryside Makes for a Long Night at the Opera

July 26, 2021 | Clive Paget, Musical America
It’s quite an undertaking for a country house opera company to develop and present the world premiere of a substantial new work. Kudos is therefore due to the privately funded Grange Park Opera, whose purpose-built opera house hosts a … » Read


Corigliano Breaks His Vow and Returns to Opera: The Lord of Cries

July 26, 2021 | George Loomis, Musical America
SANTA FE, NM--Of all the mythological subjects to furnish material for operas, the story of Dionysius’s revenge against the city of Thebes and its ruler, as memorialized in Euripides’s drama  The Bacchae , may well be the most … » Read


Orpheus Celebrates Half Century with a Cube-full of Treasure

July 22, 2021 | Clive Paget, Musical America
It’s hard to believe Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is turning 50 next year. There’s something eternally youthful about its limber sound, and something that still smacks of the teenage renegade about the famously … » Read


Mahler Podcast Season Two Deep Dives into the Resurrection

July 21, 2021 | Clive Paget, Musical America
One of the pleasures of the first lockdown was the inaugural series of Aaron Cohen’s “Embrace Everything—The World of Gustav Mahler,” a podcast that stood out from the crowd, both in its bold approach to the vastness of … » Read


Graphic Take on Operatic Everest Scales the Heights

July 20, 2021 | Steven Winn, Musical America
Triumph and tragedy, hubris and humility, the forbidding expanse of the Himalayas and the yawning darkness of troubled souls. Everest , a 2015 opera by composer Jody Talbot and librettist Gene Scheer, encompasses all this and more and does so in … » Read


Two Black Symphonists Get a First UK Hearing in Royal Festival Hall

July 14, 2021 | Clive Paget, Musical America
LONDON -- Founded in 2015 by double bass player Chi-chi Nwanoku, Chineke! Orchestra is Europe's first majority-Black and ethnically diverse orchestra and is part of the Chineke! Foundation, which supports, inspires, and encourages Black and … » Read


Ravinia and Grant Park Open Up, and So Do the Skies

July 13, 2021 | Wynne Delacoma, Musical America
CHICAGO—Midway through the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s concert July 10 at the Ravinia Festival, the skies opened, thoroughly drenching the crowd on the lawn. Earlier in the week, a second or two after the final note of the Grant Park … » Read


At Aix: Director Shows Respect for Saariaho, Disdain for Wagner

July 13, 2021 | Mark Valencia, Musical America
AIX-EN-PROVENCE— Whether by accident or design, July at the Aix-en-Provence Festival is Australia Month. The ever-busy Antipodean Barrie Kosky opened the month with Verdi’s Falstaff and will soon follow that at the festival’s … » Read


18 Months Later, the BSO Returns to Its Home Away from Home

July 12, 2021 | Keith Powers, Musical America
LENOX, MA--Last weekend, the Boston Symphony Orchestra returned to its summer home at Tanglewood after an 18-month hiatus. The first, unofficial, opening night, on July 9, featured the Brooklyn-based Knights, with Artistic Director Eric Jacobsen … » Read


Salonen Unleashes Sibelius: the San Francisco Symphony Is Back

July 12, 2021 | Steven Winn, Musical America
SAN FRANCISCO--The audience at Davies Hall may have been masked, but its response to the San Francisco Symphony certainly wasn’t muffled. “Bravo!” someone cried out, to genial laughter, after the ensemble tuned up for the … » Read

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