Brett Dean's Hamlet: The MET Orchestra Takes Center Stage

May 16, 2022 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
If the sense of ambiguity that pervades Shakespeare’s Hamlet is what makes it so compelling a drama, it is also what makes it so challenging to an interpreter, be it a teller, a listener, a director, or a composer. Many of the last … » Read


LA Phil's 'Pan American Music Initiative' Gets a Relaunch

May 11, 2022 | Richard S. Ginell, Musical America
The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Pan-American Music Initiative got underway in 2020 but got sidelined, like everything else, by the pandemic. Now it has taken the form of a five-year project of music from the Western Hemisphere, including the … » Read


Serse as Opera Seria, Buoyed by Comic Moments

May 10, 2022 | George Loomis, Musical America
"Serse is not Handel’s only comic opera, as it has sometimes been described,” according to The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, with the implication that there are others. But it can more aptly be claimed that he … » Read


The Unremitting Grief of Falling Out of Time

May 9, 2022 | David Patrick Stearns, Musical America
Any new offering from composer Osvaldo Golijov is welcome after his years of silence, during which he worked on any number of projects although reportedly not to his satisfaction. Small wonder, given the success of the brilliant musical fusions … » Read


Xian Zhang Leads Tuneful Program at SFS Symphony

May 9, 2022 | Steven Winn, Musical America
SAN FRANCISCO--Melody was in full bloom at Davies Symphony Hall on May 5, in the first of three San Francisco Symphony concerts led by guest conductor Xian Zhang. Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9 (From the New World) alone would have … » Read


Holst's Chamber Opera Savitri Gets a Rare Hearing

May 6, 2022 | Clive Paget, Musical America
LONDON--The Britten Sinfonia’s May 4 concert at London’s Barbican Centre rather cleverly managed to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams without recourse to a single note … » Read


Homoki’s New Ring Opens in Zurich

May 4, 2022 | Ronald Blum, Associated Press
ZURICH (AP) — Wotan beckoned the other gods to join him in walking to Valhalla, their new home acquired at a high and painful price. Instead of following, they shot him looks of contempt and allowed him to enter on his own. Andreas … » Read


A Vaughan Williams Tribute by the Experts: The Hallé

May 3, 2022 | Clive Paget, Musical America
MANCHESTER--The Hallé’s long and distinguished relationship with Ralph Vaughan Williams and his music dates back to 1944 and the first commercial recording of the Fifth Symphony, conducted by its visionary chief, Sir John … » Read


Notable Voices Emerge at the Met Grand Finals Concert

May 2, 2022 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Sunday afternoon offered an opportunity to hear ten of the country's finest young voices compete for generous prize monies at the Metropolitan Opera’s Laffont Grand Finals Concert. Chosen from more than 1,100 applicants, 800 of them … » Read


Easter at Aix II: Renaud Capuçon, Juan Diego Flórez, and More

April 29, 2022 | Mark Valencia, Musical America
The Aix Easter Festival didn’t need to build its pedigree; it had one from the word go, thanks to a little black book in the back pocket of its artistic director, Renaud Capuçon. Not only does the violin virtuoso know everyone … » Read

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