Marilyn? Helen? Norma Jeane Baker of Troy Opens at the Shed

April 10, 2019 | Clive Paget, Musical America
Once upon a time, Helen of Sparta was carried off to Troy. Or was she? Euripides, writing in 412 BC, called that out as “fake news.” Taking his cue from Herodotus, the radical Athenian tragedian ran with a set of “alternative … » Read


A Delightfully Off-kilter Mash-up of New Music

April 9, 2019 | Thomas May, Musical America
BERLIN—In this festival-loving capital, MaerzMusik: Festival for Issues about Time has become a magnet for new music enthusiasts. The ten-day series of events (held from March 22-31 this year) is presented under the aegis of the Berliner … » Read


Fused Art Forms, Noble Experiments at the Shed

April 9, 2019 | Clive Paget, Musical America
Multidisciplinary collaborations can be hit and miss, especially when you are aiming for nothing short of a Wagnerian Gesamtkunstwerk (that’s a “total,” or “universal artwork”). On the other hand, risk is a commodity … » Read


A Muddled One Who Disappeared at BAM

April 8, 2019 | Clive Paget, Musical America
Ivo van Hove is riding the crest of a wave right now. A 2016 Tony-Award-winner for A View from the Bridge , he has been earning raves from local critics over his current high-tech Broadway production of Network (with a visceral central … » Read


Blitzstein's Cradle Gets an Intimate Take at Classic Stage Co

April 8, 2019 | George Loomis, Musical America
Dust never has too much time to settle on Marc Blitzstein’s The Cradle Will Rock before another revival comes along, and that’s the way it should be for this classic of American opera, which Blitzstein called a play in music. The … » Read


Mirga Returns to LA for the Worst of Times, the Best of Times

April 8, 2019 | Tim Mangan, Musical America
LOS ANGELES--The Los Angeles Philharmonic program April 6 in Disney Concert Hall, perhaps by chance, featured a trio of women, including a female soloist, a female conductor, and a female composer of a world premiere. In a season, the … » Read


The Met Revives La Clemenza di Tito and Faith Is Restored

April 4, 2019 | George Loomis, Musical America
When the Metropolitan Opera last did La Clemenza di Tito seven years ago, I thought the time had come for a new production. Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s 1984 treatment of Mozart’s last opera, together with his companion production of … » Read


In LA, Kaleidoscope Orch Asks, 'Who Needs a Conductor'?

April 3, 2019 | Timothy Mangan, Musical America
LOS ANGELES--The Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, now in its fifth season, is a good group, an interesting group, and an entertaining group. It works without a conductor, and mostly benefits from that decision. A Sunday afternoon performance … » Read


ENO's Jack the Ripper, a Gruesome Tale, Skillfully Told

April 2, 2019 | Keith Clarke, Musical America
LONDON--Ian Bell’s new opera, Jack the Ripper , given its world premiere by English National Opera at the London Coliseum on Mar. 30, demands to be taken seriously. Not that the story of a real-life serial killer of prostitutes is ever … » Read


Machine Works, but That's Only Half the Battle in Met Ring

April 1, 2019 | George Loomis, Musical America
In the lead up to the Metropolitan Opera’s current revival of Der Ring des Nibelungen , the company went to a lot of trouble ironing out technical problems that had plagued Robert Lepage’s production of the Wagner tetralogy, last seen … » Read

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