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The Sopranos on the Big Screen
Could high-definition opera at the movies become as addictive as popcorn?
The Next Next Wave
In small new-music venues, failure is an option—and a route to success.
Two Cheers for Manon
In a tough soprano role, Karita Mattila is a near miss. Plus: How to listen to Stalinist music without feeling guilty.
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How a courthouse polices us through the glass.
After 99 Years, an Admission
On appreciating—but not necessarily enjoying—Elliott Carter’s music.
Taking Over the Family Business
Born to two New York Philharmonic violinists, Alan Gilbert will soon pick up its baton. Which is good news, because it may take one of the orchestra’s own to launch the revolution it needs.
Inglese, Per Favore?
Mencken called opera in English “about as sensible as baseball in Italian.” But it does have its charms.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
The new Cooper Square is all three.
Alarm Will Sound turns the Beatles’ “Revolution 9”—this is not a joke—into chamber music.
Shadows on the Hudson
Among the tottering cranes, panicky condo marketers, and derailed megadevelopments, envisioning tomorrow’s boom today.
The Long March of Philip Glass
Satyagraha’s rivers of sound convey an endless quest for enlightenment. Or they’re really tedious.
Where a 75-Story Tower Blends Right In
The “contextualists” have it all wrong: Jean Nouvel’s beast is exactly what 53rd Street needs.
Show & Tell: Five Franklin Place
One Man’s Ceiling Is Another Man’s Floor
Paul Simon’s tribute at BAM was a triumph. So why’d he look so glum?
Peter Lieberson’s Neruda Songs, written for his late wife to sing, finds a new interpreter.
My Building Has Every Convenience
David Byrne attempts to turn a derelict ferry terminal into one immense musical instrument.
Why We Need a Hero at Ground Zero
Forget a “traffic cop.” Bring in Philippe de Montebello.
Finding the Fab in Prefab
MoMA celebrates mass-produced machines for living.
Milo’s Musical Education
Can you teach your kid to have taste?