3 New Recordings: Small Forces,
Big Impact

May 11, 2021 | Clive Paget, Musical America
Contemporary music can be a prickly affair, but for those driven by the pleasure principle it’s nice to know there are some seriously thoughtful composers out there offering new music to listeners looking for a good time. That’s … » Read


Will Frank Castorf's Screen-centric Faust Work as Live Opera?

May 4, 2021 | Clive Paget, Musical America
The Vienna State Opera plans to open to live, if limited audiences on May 19. In the meantime, its COVID-era policy of presenting premieres to an empty auditorium continues with this April 29 streaming of Frank Castorf’s intriguing, … » Read


MET Orchestra Wins--in Dallas

May 3, 2021 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
In an act of collegiality rare in any profession, Kim Noltemy and Fabio Luisi, the respective president and CEO and music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO), i nvited 50 members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra , out of work for … » Read


Chicago Lyric's Twilight: Gods,
'A Theatrical Triumph'

April 29, 2021 | James R. Paulk, Musical America
Yuval Sharon’s concise deconstruction of Richard Wagner’s Götterdämmerung is perhaps the ultimate realization of Wagner’s command: “Children, make something new,” although it probably isn’t exactly … » Read


1984: An Important New Score, with Edward Snowden's Imprimatur

April 23, 2021 | Keith Clarke, Musical America
LONDON--It is 72 years since George Orwell published Nineteen Eighty-Four: A Novel , his vision of a dystopian future where mass surveillance kept civilians under the strict control of an all-powerful state. When composer Mihkel Kerem read it, he … » Read


Salonen Ventures Into Minimalism in SFS SoundBox

April 19, 2021 | Richard S. Ginell, Musical America
SAN FRANCISCO – Hobbled by the worldwide COVID-19 shutdown, Esa-Pekka Salonen is easing his way through his first season as music director of the San Francsico Symphony through digital-only programs. The first was the introductory … » Read


New ROH Brecht-Weill Double Bill Reflects on Gender Politics, 21st-century Style

April 12, 2021 | Clive Paget, Musical America
London’s Royal Opera House will finally reopen with socially distanced audiences on May 17. In the meantime, it continues its rewarding series of live streamed events with this April 9 double bill of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s … » Read


Seattle's Museum of Flight as Optimal for Jonathan Dove's Opera Flight

April 7, 2021 | Clive Paget, Musical America
Pandemic programming has encouraged opera companies to reinvent themselves as TV or movie producers, but few have been as ingenious or as apposite as Seattle Opera with its new film of Jonathan Dove’s Flight . Written in 1998 by British … » Read


Recordings: American Piano Music, Then & Now

April 2, 2021 | Clive Paget, Musical America
An insightful survey of works by Florence Price is one of four new albums exploring nearly a century of solo piano music by American composers. Born in 1887 in Little Rock, Price trained at the New England Conservatory before migrating to Chicago … » Read


La Scala Predicts a Balanced 2021 Budget; New Staging Shows Cut Corners

March 30, 2021 | James Imam, Musical America
Perhaps surprisingly, La Scala announced two weeks ago that it expects to close 2021 in the black. The secret to keeping the books in order without live performances for the last year (ticket sales account for a third of the house’s income) … » Read

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