Dead Man Walking: A Poignant Struggle Toward Grace

September 29, 2023 | by Fred Cohn, Musical America
Early in the opera Dead Man Walking , based on Sister Helen Prejean’s memoir of counseling death-row inmates, the protagonist’s car gets stopped for speeding. Sister Helen is racing to cover the 150 miles between her New Orleans … » Read


LA Opera Opens the Season with a Gentle Don

September 29, 2023 | Richard S. Ginell, Musical America
LOS ANGELES—Mozart’s Don Giovanni owes a lot of its durability to its ambiguity. Everyone has a different take on it. Just the description of it as a dramma giocoso invites a vast interpretive range. Take, for instance, the startling … » Read


Rouvali Balances Sparkling Sibelius with Enigmatic Shostakovich

September 28, 2023 | by Clive Paget, Musical America
LONDON—Whether it was an appearance by rising-star Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho, or just the relative ease of getting to and from London’s Royal Festival Hall for a three o’clock Sunday afternoon event, this September 24 … » Read


Madhouse Opera Doesn't Measure Up

September 28, 2023 | by Fred Cohn, Musical America
PHILADELPHIA—In the 1880s, reporter Nellie Bly feigned madness in order to infiltrate the Women’s Lunatic Asylum in New York City. She chronicled its brutal conditions in a series of first-person articles in the New York World , and … » Read


Alternative to the New: An Unfamiliar Masterpiece in Vienna

September 27, 2023 | By George Loomis, Musical America
For those who have long bewailed the Metropolitan Opera’s neglect of new work, the current season, which opened last night with Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking , is a dream come true. It includes six works that premiered between 1986 … » Read


Doppelganger: The Opera Schubert Never Wrote

September 26, 2023 | Fred Cohn, Musical America
Doppelganger can be seen as director Claus Guth’s attempt to create an opera that Franz Schubert never wrote. In the program booklet for his creation, Guth laments that the composer’s actual operas, with their inadequate librettos, … » Read


In Boston: A Chinese Myth Becomes a Bizarre Opera

September 26, 2023 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
The Boston-based White Snake Projects and its founder Cerise Lim Jacobs have a well-established reputation for cutting-edge ventures , so their recent performances of Monkey: A Kung Fu Puppet Parable raised expectations on the part of a critic … » Read


A Very Correct (and Effective) Butterfly in Boston

September 20, 2023 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly , one of opera’s undeniable treasures, has in recent years become a flashpoint for critics due to its stereotyped images of Japan and the male fantasies too readily assigned to Asian women. … » Read


Hannigan Finesses Multiple Moods with Multiple Skills at the LSO

September 19, 2023 | By Clive Paget, Musical America
LONDON—It may be all change at the London Symphony Orchestra, but the programming is as original as ever. Simon Rattle, the outgoing music director, was a sterling champion of new, or modern music, and it appears that in associate artist … » Read


An Uneven Night at the Armory

September 15, 2023 | By George Loomis, Musical America
Among the first stirrings of the new season, the New York Armory’s estimable recital series presented on September 11 acclaimed soprano Julia Bullock in the intimate Board of Officers Room. John Arida was at the piano for a varied program … » Read

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