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Two brilliant stars bring Massenet’s “Werther” to searing life – Feb 17, 2017

The public loves to hate on opera for for its flimsy …

Thrilling vocalism in “Puritani” provokes a zealous Met audience – Feb 11, 2017

In the Metropolitan Opera’s current season, it wasn’t hard to pick …

Bridge, Penderecki discoveries stand out in brilliant Shanghai Quartet program – Feb 08, 2017

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s resident musicians got a …

Opolais ravishing in Met’s new “Rusalka” but Zimmerman’s swamp needs draining – Feb 03, 2017

The curious Metropolitan Opera career of Mary Zimmerman is still growing, …

Philharmonic offers a musical feast for Chinese New Year – Feb 01, 2017

For the sixth year running, the New York Philharmonic’s Annual Chinese …

A false start and a joyous finish with Barenboim’s Bruckner 7 – Jan 28, 2017

Carnegie Hall’s week of Bruckner is nearing its end, as Daniel …

Barenboim stumbles in Mozart but leads Staatskapelle Berlin in a brilliant Bruckner Fourth – Jan 24, 2017

The Barenboim Bruckner binge continues at Carnegie Hall, and is now …

Worthy cast finds fiftul humanity beneath the neon of Met’s “Rigoletto” – Jan 21, 2017

Since its debut in 2013, Michael Mayer’s Vegas-strip take on Rigoletto …

Margaine makes sensational debut in Met’s riveting “Carmen” – Jan 20, 2017

A hit parade like no other, Bizet’s Carmen is sometimes in …

Strong cast opens Met’s sunny “Barbiere” with room to grow – Jan 10, 2017

Monday night’s formula at the Metropolitan Opera seemed about as reliable …