Jonas Kaufmann Is Otello

April 3, 2020 | Clive Paget, Musical America
For many, Jonas Kaufmann’s assumption of the title role in Verdi’s Otello was the anticipated operatic event of 2017. At the time, reviews were mixed. Despite his darkly burnished tone, some felt the German tenor’s voice was … » Read


Good Reads for Bad Times: Stephen Hough's Rough Ideas

March 31, 2020 | Clive Paget, Musical America
What do you do when you find yourself sitting around in airports, on planes, or in hotel bedrooms? If you’re international concert pianist Stephen Hough, you get out a notebook and jot down ideas. For years, many of his musings—or … » Read


In the Met's Tristan, Sir Simon Is the Star

March 23, 2020 | George Loomis, Musical America
The following review of Tristan und Isolde was posted on September 28, 2016, within days of its production premiere at the Metropolitan Opera; the opera being streamed from the Met Opera site tonight is the live HD version of the performance … » Read


From the MA Review Archives: The Met's Carmen When It First Bowed in 2010

March 17, 2020 | George Loomis, Musical America
In keeping with the current spate of free streams available, Musical America will post its archived reviews of the original productions. Here is George Loomis’s review of the Carmen the Met is currently streaming on its website, originally … » Read


Beethoven's Leonore, with Crucial Cuts in Fidelio Restored

March 9, 2020 | George Loomis, Musical America
Washington, D.C.-based Opera Lafayette’s highly welcome production of Beethoven’s Leonore , seen on March 4 at Hunter College’s Kaye Playhouse, gave Beethoven enthusiasts much food for thought. Even the title raised an issue. … » Read


Kaufmann Stars in Estimable, if Schizophrenic, Fidelio

March 5, 2020 | Mark Valencia, Musical America
LONDON—The U.K.’s dearth of Fidelio s is at an end. It’s been years since the last sighting of Beethoven’s only opera, but to mark the 250th anniversary of his birth three major new stagings are scheduled, none more hotly … » Read


'Nevertheless, She Persisted' Transformed from Sow's Lips to Song

March 4, 2020 | Keith Powers, Musical America
BOSTON--Unlikely as it seems, Mitch McConnell launched a feminist rallying cry. “Nevertheless, she persisted,” he said sarcastically of Elizabeth Warren, as she tried to read a letter by Coretta Scott King on the Senate floor. (The … » Read


The Dark Underbelly of Yuval Sharon's Sweet Land

March 3, 2020 | Richard S. Ginell, Musical America
LOS ANGELES—Mounting an opera is complicated, and Yuval Sharon’s company The Industry makes it even more so, on purpose. Sweet Land , its latest attempt to push out the walls of the opera house and sprawl into the surrounding … » Read


Curious Decisions Mar the Met's Landlocked Dutchman

March 3, 2020 | George Loomis, Musical America
Canadian director François Girard came to prominence at the Metropolitan Opera as the result of a single production,  Parsifal,  in 2013. Primarily known for his work in film, Girard has had little experience in other opera … » Read


2 Weeks with Salonen & Friends in San Francisco

March 2, 2020 | Georgia Rowe, Musical America
The San Francisco Symphony’s Esa-Pekka Salonen era hasn’t officially begun. Yet Salonen, who was named the organization’s Music Director Designate last December, has already begun putting his indelible stamp on the orchestra. … » Read

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