Freudian Fuzz Muddles Brussels' New Tristan

May 7, 2019 | Mark Valencia, Musical America
BRUSSELS—There is plenty of visual business to divert the eye in La Monnaie’s abstract new staging of Tristan und Isolde , most of it slow-moving and much of it puzzling. While a touch of mystery is no bad thing—scenic realism … » Read


LA Phil Premieres a Kinder, Gentler Andriessen

May 6, 2019 | Richard S. Ginell, Musical America
LOS ANGELES—Louis Andriessen has been a frequent presence at the Los Angeles Philharmonic ever since his hammering, at times grating signature textures for winds, brass, or keyboards blasted through Walt Disney Concert Hall during … » Read


The CSO Is Back with a Bang, with Muti and DiDonato

May 6, 2019 | Wynne Delacoma, Musical America
CHICAGO--All may not be right with the world, but a little bit of heaven prevailed Saturday night at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s concert downtown in Symphony Center. It was the orchestra’s first weekend of subscription … » Read


Tulsa's Trans Don Delivers, and How

May 6, 2019 | Clive Paget, Musical America
TULSA, Oklahoma--If ever proof was needed that opera can still surprise, provoke and even have something to say, the Act One Finale of Opera Tulsa’s Don Giovanni is it. Updated to America (ish) and sometime in the 1950s (ish)—neither … » Read


MTT and the NWS Explore the New and Explode the Old at Carnegie

May 3, 2019 | Clive Paget, Musical America
Michael Tilson Thomas’s stint as one of this year’s Carnegie Hall Perspectives artists has already given New Yorkers the chance to hear this irrepressible and eclectic conductor at the helm of the Vienna Philharmonic. May 1 was the … » Read


The Rest of the Ring: Disappointments Abound; So Do Standing Os

May 2, 2019 | George Loomis, Musical America
“What time’s the next elevator?” Karen Cargill (mimicking tenor Leo Slezak) might well have asked after she missed her entrance as Erda in Das Rheingold on Monday night (April 29) at the Metropolitan Opera. Just when we thought, … » Read


John Nelson Leads a Winning Berlioz Faust with Spyres, DiDonato, Courjal

May 1, 2019 | Mark Valencia, Musical America
STRASBOURG—To begin, a question: Why is the technically formidable and musically characterful Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra not a regular recording outfit? Its home, the Palais de la musique et des congrès (PMC), is a venue … » Read


Lady in the Dark Returns to City Center

April 30, 2019 | George Loomis, Musical America
MasterVoices under the leadership of Ted Sperling has remained true to the volunteer choral tradition of its predecessor organization, Robert Shaw’s Collegiate Chorale, while embracing other genres, such as musicals, far afield from the … » Read


The Mature Salonen Takes on Standard Rep, to 'Spectacular' End

April 30, 2019 | Timothy Mangan, Musical America
LOS ANGELES--For the fourth out of the five programs that he’ll conduct during his three-week residency with the Los Angeles Philharmonic this season, Esa-Pekka Salonen, now conductor laureate, chose one that seemed aimed to please. Not … » Read


A Director with an Agenda Interprets and Interpolates Glass's Penal Colony

April 29, 2019 | Richard S. Ginell, Musical America
LONG BEACH, California--Franz Kafka’s short story In the Penal Colony  is a surreal little shocker that was published in 1919 just after the end of World War I. It’s about a Visitor from an unnamed country who is invited to … » Read

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