• Bizet's Carmen in Sunset Park Brooklyn

    Indominatable Regina Opera Scores Again

    By: Susan Hall - May 23rd, 2015

    With four hundred seats cushioned in plush red velvet to match the red velvet curtain donning a stage almost as tall as the Metropolitan opera's, the Regina Opera Company plays to a packed house full of the much-to-be envied millenials, their children, their parents. Everyone enjoyed great opera.

  • The Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

    Wizard Nézet-Séguin Conducts

    By: Susan Hall - May 15th, 2015

    Music as diverse as Nico Muhly, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff all sprang up from the Philadelphia Orchestra in rich dynamic and tonal swoops as the conductor, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, drew forth resplendent sounds and shapes. From the beating of a woodblock to a celestial harp, Nézet-Séguin dances as he conducts and his body movements, which are smooth rather than exaggerated, convey to both the musicians and the audience the breath of the phrasing.

  • Keith Lockhart Celebrates 20 Years with Pops

    With Bernadette Peters at Tanglewood July 5

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 15th, 2015

    After one of the worst winters on record yet again Spring means six glorious weeks of the Boston Pops. We participated in the gala opening night launch of Keith Lockhart's 20th season. His guest was Broadway star Bernadette Peters. It provided a preview of their appearance together at Tanglewood on July 5.

  • Gerald Finley: Master and Devil

    Teaching the Art of Generosity

    By: Susan Hall - May 12th, 2015

    Gerald Finley is showing young singers a moment, steering them, helping them build their unique gifts as he conducts a Master Class at Juilliard. He emphasizes intimacy as the connection between the singer in full, his personality and spirit released out to the world in song. Finley took time off from his thrilling performance as Nick Shadow in The Rake's Progress at the Met.

  • The Road of Promise by the Collegiate Chorale

    Ted Sperling Conducts a Kurt Weill Blockbuster

    By: Susan Hall - May 07th, 2015

    Kurt Weill had had theatrical success with Three Penny Opera and Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny when he was approached by Max Reinhardt to compose music for a pageant highlighting the plight of Jewish people in Germany and throughout the world. The Collegiate Chorale presented an oratorio based on the pageant.

  • Duncan Rock Rocks BLO's

    Libertine Gets his Come-upance in Mozart Classic

    By: David Bonetti - May 04th, 2015

    The Boston Lyric Opera's production was stylish and emphasized the opera's comedy over its more serious elements. It featured young singers, the hunky Duncan Rock as the Don and a fiery Jennifer Johnson Cano as Donna Elvira.

  • Mozart's Magic Flute Set in a Masonic Symbol

    Night and Sunlight Battle at the Manhattan School of Music

    By: Susan Hall - May 02nd, 2015

    The symbol of the Free Masons frames the set of the Manhattan School of Music production. A circular insert reveals the interior dramas of the opera: the imprisonment of Pamina, journeys through the forest, the home of the Queen of the Night. An effective transition from sun to moon locates us in the various worlds of the opera.

  • Susanna Phillips Shines as Agrippina

    Boston Baroque Does Popular Handel Opera

    By: David Bonetti - May 01st, 2015

    Based on the most dysfunctional family in ancient Rome, "Agrippina" shows title character's drive to crown her son Nero, Emperor. This witty production features brilliant singing by an excellent cast.

  • Martha Reeves & the Vandellas Rocks P’Town

    Payomet Launches 2015 Season

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 25th, 2015

    The Payomet Performing Arts Center got a jump on the season with two performances of the vintage Motown group Martha and the Vandellas. In mid April it was still chilly on the lower cape but the group caused a Heat Wave at Town Hall in Provincetown.

  • Tenor Joseph Calleja Wows Crowd at Jordan Hall

    Maltese Tenor Heralds Return of Romantic Singing

    By: David Bonetti - Apr 23rd, 2015

    Although he stuck primarily to Italian and French arias and songs, Calleja showed his range, singing in Russian, Spanish and English. A true entertainer, he cracked jokes while delivering heart-stirring vocal thrills, despite suffering from a cold.

  • Röschmann and Uchida Captivate Carnegie

    Sleeping Songs Arise

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 22nd, 2015

    The poet who provides the lyrics for Schumann's Liederkreis which opened this extraordinary program at Carnegie Hall speaks of song sleeping in all things. Song came alive in concert with Dorothea Röschmann with the heartbeat of the piano in Uchida's hands.

  • Martha and the Vandellas in Provincetown

    Payoment Performing Arts Center April 18 & 19

    By: Payomet - Apr 16th, 2015

    Martha and the Vandellas will have them dancing in the streets. Commercial Street in Provincteown this weekend. Actually, inside Provincetown Town Hall for an early launch of the season. Saturday night is sold out but there are tickets available for the Sunday performance. Other upcoming events include Loa Lobos and Spuyten Duyvil.

  • Les Violons du Roy Loft Purcell at Carnegie Hall

    Dorothea Röschmann, A Dark and Pure Dido

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 13th, 2015

    Before Bach and Purcell don't instantly call to mind slapstick, but there is was, and marvellously done, onstage at Carnegie Hall. Purcell's The Fairy Queen was written to please: we missed the singing monkeys, but had two delightful fairies sung by Lesley Emma Bouza and Sheila Dietrich to tease a bumbling, drunk Stephen Hegedus until he collapsed in a heap. So much for the warm-up.

  • New Hampshire Music Festival

    Progrtam from July 7 to August 6

    By: NHMF - Apr 09th, 2015

    The New Hampshire Music Festival (NHMF) has announced its 2015 summer season to be held from July 7 through August 6 in Plymouth and the surrounding communities of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. With a theme of “American Landscapes,” the festival’s 63rd season will explore and celebrate American music and the great outdoors.

  • Boston Symphony Orchestra 2015-16

    Under Conductor Andris Nelsons

    By: BSO - Apr 03rd, 2015

    BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons will lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra in thirteen extraordinarily wide-ranging programs in the 2015-16 BSO season.

  • Gotham Chamber Opera

    Excerpts from Shakespeare's Musical

    By: Susan Hall - Mar 28th, 2015

    Ever innovative and daring, yet pleasing to audiences young and old, the Gotham Chamber Opera is a go-to company for an ear-tingling, eye-catching experience. The Tempest Songbook stretches its limits in unusual ways. Composer Kaija Saariaho joins Purcell. Martha Graham dancers give us characters dead and aive. Neal Goren and his musicians pull it all together.

  • Piotr Anderszewki Revels in Bright Tones, Dark Hall

    Bach and Schumann Entrance at Carnegie

    By: Susan Hall - Mar 20th, 2015

    Twas a concert at Carnegie and all through the house, was quiet and darkness and nary a noise. From out of the dark came tones silvery and bright. They might have been struck by stars this night. But at the piano sat the Polish pianist and composer, Piotr Anderszewski, lofting Bach and Schumann. The beauty of Bach shone in a new light. Schumann's love messages to his future wife have never been more persuasive.

  • Boston Lyric Opera's Katya Kabanova

    Leon Janacek Music Not Heard Often Enough

    By: David Bonetti - Mar 18th, 2015

    Janacek’s work has been slow to come to Boston, so one can only praise Boston Lyric Opera for bringing, arguably, his masterpiece to town. (In my view, its rival for that honor is “Jenufa.”) In “Katya” Janacek tells a rather simple tale of a young woman (Katya) in the Russian provinces married to a wimp (Tichon) dominated by his sadistic mother (Kabanicha), who treats her as little more than chattel. She longs to escape and falls in love with another man (Boris) with whom she has exchanged glances only once, who remarkably returns her infatuation.

  • Jennifer Warnes' Legendary Album Jennifer

    Her 1972 Third Album Reissued

    By: David S. Rubin - Mar 13th, 2015

    In 2013, Reprise Japan finally released Jennifer Warnes 1972' third album, Jennifer, on CD. With the album having been locked in the vaults for forty years and only recently made available again, I wish to share some thoughts on why this brilliant collaboration between Warnes and John Cale has brought me so much gratification over the years.

  • Boston Lyric Opera

    Announces 2015-2016 Season

    By: BLO - Mar 13th, 2015

    With a distinct French flavor, spiced by influences from New Wave films to student revolutionaries, Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) announces its productions for the 2015/2016 Season, the company’s 39th. The four operas – Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème, Philip Glass’ In the Penal Colony, Jules Massenet’s Werther and Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow – comprise all-new BLO productions of both popular classics and works not seen often in Boston.

  • Handel's Semele at the Brooklyn Academy of Music

    Zhang Huan's Version Suggests Semele as HornRimmed Moon Goddess

    By: Susan Hall - Mar 10th, 2015

    Handel's Semele is perfectly beautiful. When Handel wrote the Oratorio, he needed money and composed a piece suitable for the Easter season which was coming up soon. The work immediately sank into oblivion. That was almost three centuries ago.

  • King Roger by Karol Szymanowski

    Conductor Charles Dutoit Leads the BSO in Neglected Masterpiece

    By: David Bonetti - Mar 10th, 2015

    Karol Szymanowski's "King Roger" is the classic hot-house flower of an opera, featuring a huge orchestra and chorus, dominated by shimmering strings. The BSO assembled a dream cast of Eastern European singers, headed by Mariusz Kwiecien, one of the hottest baritones on the world's stages today. You could feel the heat and humidity of a Sicilian evening.

  • Wilco Returns to Mass MoCA

    Solid Sound Festival June 26-28

    By: Wilco - Mar 04th, 2015

    The Solid Sound 2015 lineup features Tweedy (which features Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer), Mac DeMarco, Real Estate, Parquet Courts, Shabazz Palaces, Richard Thompson Trio, King Sunny Ade and His African Beats, Taj Mahal, Cibo Matto, Jessica Pratt, Luluc, William Tyler, Bill Frisell, The Autumn Defense, NRBQ, Stained Radiance (Nels Cline + Norton Wisdom), Glenn Kotche and Jeffrey Zeigler, and many others.

  • Gatti and Vienna Philharmonic's Brahms' Requiem

    Damrau, Gerhaher and Westminster Choir at Carnegie Hall

    By: Susan Hall - Mar 02nd, 2015

    Brahms' German Requiem is closer to tone poem than the dramatic opera of Verid's Requiem. In the hands of Danniele Gatti, off book on a very complicated score, the Requiem moved and mesmerized. Soloists and choir were reverently perfect. The sound lofted into Carnegie Hall, and, as Brahms wrote, how lovely is that dwelling place.

  • A Joyce Di Donato Master Class at Carnegie

    Four Young Artists Blossom

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 22nd, 2015

    Di Donato's opera performances are perfection. One day I rushed down to the AMC near Navy Pier in Chicago, because a friend had called to tell me about di Donato's last Cinderella. An encore HD performance was all I could catch, but it was sublime. What we have come to think of as a di Donato performance is perfection. Now I might be able to see perfection in action. I did.

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