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Cartoonish direction, indifferent vocalism make for leaden Martinů double bill at Gotham Chamber Opera – Oct 15, 2014

Why is comic opera so seldom funny? One can start with the…

Caramoor Festival serves up bel canto rarity with Donizetti’s “Lucrezia Borgia” – Jul 14, 2014

Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia is one of the composer’s strongest works. It consistently…

Hanson’s neglected “Merry Mount” receives a thrilling performance from Christie, Rochester Philharmonic – May 08, 2014

A rare concert revival of Howard Hanson’s opera Merry Mount brought the…

Met Council winners shine and rise at finals concert – Mar 31, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera National Council’s annual Grand Finals auditions concert is a…

Gun-Brit Barkmin makes a powerful Salome at Carnegie Hall – Mar 02, 2014

The Vienna Philharmonic seemed to take up nearly every available inch of…

With new cast members Met’s Baroque “Island” pastiche still enchants – Feb 27, 2014

A hit for the Metropolitan Opera when it premiered… on New Year’s

A fine ensemble cast boosts the Met’s delightful Fifties-era “Falstaff” – Dec 07, 2013

It took a village—five countries, really—to give birth to the new production…