LA Opera's Turandot: Third Time's the Charm

May 22, 2024 | Richard S. Ginell, Musical America
LOS ANGELES—What to do with Puccini’s Turandot ?  Among the most popular operas on the boards—thanks in particular to “Nessun dorma”—it is also one of the most difficult to stage convincingly. It has … » Read


Diane Paulus's New, Overwrought Carmen

May 20, 2024 | Mark Valencia, Musical America
LEWES—According to the arts commentator Richard Morrison, writing in the London Times, unless there’s a shift in political will (which seems unlikely) the distinctly English curiosity known as “country house opera” may … » Read


Met Orfeo Returns with a Star in His Role Debut

May 20, 2024 | George Loomis, Musical America
If admirers of choreographer Mark Morris helped to ensure the warm reception accorded his production of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice upon its return to the Metropolitan Opera May 16, fans of Anthony Roth Costanzo were similarly celebratory as … » Read


Langrée & Co. Say Goodbye

May 17, 2024 | Ken Smith, Musical America
CINCINNATI – What happens to your fond farewells when your guest of honor is late to the party? The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra had earmarked the end of the current season with a two-week tribute to outgoing Music Director Louis … » Read


Opera Lafayette Offers a Mix and Match Esther

May 17, 2024 | Peter Clark, Musical America
The depth of New York City’s cultural offerings can be astounding. In addition to the flagship musical organizations, a plethora of smaller companies regularly present adventurous programs ranging from newly commissioned pieces to works … » Read


Kathleen Battle Returns to a Storied Stage

May 16, 2024 | David Patrick Stearns, Musical America
Not seen on its stage since 2016, then following a 22-year career hiatus, Kathleen Battle returned to the Metropolitan Opera on May 12, in a concert produced by AMP Worldwide, presenter of Disney-in-concert films and the like. Now age 75, she … » Read


Chicago Symphony Plays Over and Under Par with Szeps-Znaider

May 14, 2024 | Hannah Edgar, Musical America
CHICAGO—If someone is to do double duty on a Chicago Symphony concert, it’s probably going to be Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider. The Danish conductor and violinist, 48, has built a career from wielding both bow and baton in the same … » Read


Three Days of New Music's Bold and Brightest

May 9, 2024 | David Patrick Stearns, Musical America
One of the biggest, coolest, most important new music events in New York, the three-day Long Play Festival is a 21st-century universe, the complicated elements of which perhaps can't be fully appreciated until something goes wrong. On the final … » Read


An Uneven Podium Debut, a Rarely Heard Organ Concerto

May 7, 2024 | Hannah Edgar, Musical America
CHICAGO—The first and last time the Chicago Symphony played Samuel Barber’s Toccata Festiva —commissioned to break in a new organ at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music, in 1960—was in 2003, more than 20 years ago. With … » Read


Rattle and the Bavarians Conquer Carnegie

May 7, 2024 | George Loomis, Musical America
When Simon Rattle became music director of the London Symphony Orchestra in 2017 after 16 years leading the Berlin Philharmonic, the London press welcomed back the U.K.’s foremost conductor with open arms. Yet his tenure at the LSO lasted … » Read

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