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In her Met quasi-farewell Fleming strikes sparks with Garanča in new “Rosenkavalier” – Apr 14, 2017

One of the main offstage story-lines at the Met this season …

Tilson Thomas, San Franscisco Symphony shine brightly in Mahler – Apr 09, 2017

It’s easy to be skeptical of the idea of the specialist …

Stoyanova and de León deliver gripping vocalism in Met’s “Aida” – Mar 24, 2017

For such a staple of the repertoire, Verdi’s grand Egyptian tragedy …

Garanča delivers a season highlight in brilliant Carnegie recital – Mar 20, 2017

When A-list opera stars appear at Carnegie Hall, their recitals tend …

Met’s superb ensemble cast rises to the challenge of Beethoven’s “Fidelio” – Mar 17, 2017

Among our most revered composers, few struggled so mightily as Beethoven. …

Padmore, Biss find a handful of diamonds in rough recital – Mar 11, 2017

In the vast majority of song recitals, the pianist sits just …

Sumptuous Tchaikovsky and brooding Bartók ideally served by Nézet-Séguin, Philadelphia Orchestra – Mar 08, 2017

Yannick Nézet-Séguin has a knack for eclectic programing. While he doesn’t …

Yoncheva a blazing Violetta in Met’s highly charged “Traviata” – Mar 02, 2017

Willy Decker’s production of La Traviata, which first came to the …

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 …