New Recordings, Special Voices

November 30, 2022 | Clive Paget, Musical America
A second outing on disc for a contemporary opera is cause enough for celebration, but a new recording of Anthony Davis’s game changing X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X is surely a red-letter day. Premiered in 1985, X tells the life story … » Read


LPO Brings Sir Michael Tippett's A Child of Our Time Into Focus

November 29, 2022 | Clive Paget, Musical America
LONDON--Ralph Vaughan Williams and Michael Tippett might seem odd bedfellows, yet both men were committed socialists who devoted much time to community music-making. Not only that, despite Vaughan Williams’s committed service during World … » Read


The Hours: Contemporary Music Theater at Its Best

November 28, 2022 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
When Renée Fleming bid a fond farewell to the Met Opera in 2017, singing her final Marschallin in Rosenkavalier , she did say that she might return one day should the right project come along. That it has, in the form of The Hours , Kevin … » Read


Michael Gordon's Nicaragua Premieres at Zankel

November 22, 2022 | Ken Smith, Musical America
Tragedy has a way of honing artistic focus. After the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center, the founding composers of Bang on a Can—Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe— veered noticeably inward, their music becoming a bit … » Read


A Dazzling David et Jonathas Argues the Case for a Charpentier Revival

November 21, 2022 | Mark Valencia, Musical America
PARIS & VERSAILLES, FRANCE—This month the French capital has showcased early opera, with new productions of stage works by both Gluck (1714-87), the Austrian composer who spearheaded the post-Baroque transition towards classicism, and … » Read


A Rare Recital by a Busy Opera Star

November 21, 2022 | Christopher Corwin, Musical America
If Sondra Radvanovsky’s ambitious Carnegie Hall recital on November 15 couldn’t compete with the fictional Mawrdew Czgowchwz’s (pronounced Mardu Gorgeous), it wasn’t for lack of trying. The heroine of James McCourt’s … » Read


ROH Rape of Lucretia: Chillingly Relevant

November 17, 2022 | Clive Paget, Musical America
LONDON--In a week when the very future of opera in the U.K.—and especially opera in English—seemed threatened by Arts Council England’s decision to defund English National Opera, it was heartening to see what could be achieved … » Read


MTT Returns to SFS to Warm Welcome and a U.S. Premiere

November 16, 2022 | Steven Winn, Musical America
SAN FRANCISCO--Often, when there’s a new piece on the program, much of the audience will be unfamiliar with the composer. That was certainly not the case at Davies Symphony Hall on November 11, when Danny Elfman’s Cello Concerto had … » Read


Rhiannon Rocks Out in Disney Hall

November 15, 2022 | Richard S. Ginell, Musical America
LOS ANGELES – Lately, Rhiannon Giddens has been, and will be, visible all over Southern California. She turned up at the 2021 Ojai Festival in several programs that ran the table of her multiple interests and talents. This past October, she … » Read


In D.C., a Fine Performance Misses Its Title's Mark

November 14, 2022 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
In “Wind & Wave,” the National Symphony Orchestra offered a program apparently inspired by works named for the sea and sky. The Nov. 10 evening began with the overture to Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer in a … » Read

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