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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 …

NY City Opera makes the best of all possible cases for Bernstein’s “Candide” – Jan 07, 2017

Very few people outside the company itself expected that the New …

Met’s “Roméo et Juliette” closes 2016 with dramatic fireworks – Jan 01, 2017

Not every opera in the standard repertoire is a Tosca, a …

Met serves up a feast of fine singing in its family “Magic Flute” – Dec 21, 2016

A sold-out crowd packed the auditorium on Tuesday for the season …

Blue Heron brings seasonal warmth to 15th-century French program – Dec 19, 2016

‘Tis the season for holiday concerts, parades of favorites that rarely …

Met’s tired “Nabucco” revival shows flashes of inspiration from supporting cast – Dec 13, 2016

An alignment of stars at the Metropolitan Opera can produce memorable …

A riveting Racette ignites in Met’s “Salome” – Dec 06, 2016

It is one of the defining features of live performance that …

Chamber Music Society opens Baroque month with a feast of solo Bach – Dec 05, 2016

One could go to fifty concerts at Alice Tully Hall without …

Van Zweden, Philharmonic strike sparks in new concerto, familiar Tchaikovsky – Nov 18, 2016

Following a widely covered but closely guarded maestro search, the New …

Netrebko and Álvarez blaze in Met’s “Manon Lescaut” – Nov 15, 2016

Once in a while, it seems  all that a dull staging …