At Tanglewood, Contemporary Music Takes Center Stage

August 12, 2022 | Leslie Kandell, Musical America
LENOX, Mass. – “Find something in the music that you can shake hands with,” said John Harbison, longtime Tanglewood Music Center (TMC) faculty member, referring to a specific theme or motif. “When it comes around again, … » Read


Dalia Stasevska Wows the Bowl Crowd, If Not the Critic

August 12, 2022 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
Done for the summer, Gustavo Dudamel has handed the podium at the Hollywood Bowl off to a parade of guest conductors. First up was the Finnish maestra Dalia Stasevska, who had originally been slated to debut during the 2020 season erased by the … » Read


Santa Fe Opera III: A New Tristan, 'Brilliant in Its Simplicity'

August 11, 2022 | James L. Paulk, Musical America
SANTA FE—Since its inception, Santa Fe Opera has avoided Wagner, except for the relatively short Der fliegende Holländer . Curtain times here must wait until sunset for the lighting to work, and it was thought that performing the … » Read


Santa Fe Opera Part II: New Productions sans Wokeness

August 10, 2022 | James L. Paulk, Musical America
Part I, covering M. Butterfly and Carmen, was posted yesterday. SANTA FE--There are serious opera fans who consider Verdi’s final opera, Falstaff , to be his greatest work. Experiencing it afresh here at Santa Fe in David McVicar’s … » Read


JoAnn Falletta at Tanglewood, Finally.

August 10, 2022 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
With Andris Nelsons done with his podium duties for the summer, Tanglewood welcomed a trio of conductors to the stage on Aug. 5-7. First up was BSO Assistant Conductor Earl Lee in his performance debut with the BSO. Composer Brian Raphael Nabors … » Read


Santa Fe Opera Part I: The Woke Productions

August 9, 2022 | James L. Paulk, Musical America
SANTA FE, NM—“Wokeness” doesn’t guarantee artistic success. Santa Fe Opera’s first full season since 2019 includes the premiere of an opera based on M. Butterfly , a Broadway play that used a true story to explore … » Read


Bychkov Introduces Prague Panoramas at the Proms

August 9, 2022 | Clive Paget, Musical America
LONDON—The BBC Symphony Orchestra is the mainstay of the BBC Proms, covering a wide range of music across the season under a variety of different conductors. It requires a nimble and disciplined approach, and this impressive August 5 … » Read


BOAC at Mass MoCA Part II: The Rest of the Story

August 5, 2022 | David Patrick Stearns, Musical America
Following continues Stearns's BOAC review, posted yesterday . The post-minimalist aesthetic has staying power among the Bang on a Can (BOAC) composers, influenced by Dutch minimalist Louis Andriessen, thanks to their ways of applying it on every … » Read


Bang on a Can at Mass MoCA: Part I, Field of Vision

August 4, 2022 | David Patrick Stearns, Musical America
NORTH ADAMS, MA--Any major Bang on a Can event is bound to test what you think music is, what it can say, and even how sound is made. But during the Bang on a Can LOUD Weekend July 28-30 at MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) in … » Read


Orchestra and Conductor in His 'Absolute Prime' Dazzle the Proms

August 4, 2022 | Clive Paget, Musical America
LONDON--Cognoscenti of Puccini’s less-performed operas have long recognized that Il Tabarro , the opening act of his 1920 trilogy Il Trittico , is one of his most enthralling and advanced scores.  When followed by the emotional … » Read

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