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Peter G. Davis

  1. LustMusikBill Viola’s much-anticipated reinterpretation of Tristan und Isolde’s sexual angst is oddly neuter.
  2. The Battle of BritainGeorge Bernard Shaw thought little of Gilbert and Sullivan. Would an evening at Lincoln Center have changed his mind?
  3. Lights! Camera! Opera!Never mind the high-definition hype: The Met’s Eugene Onegin is beautiful (if still austere) on the big screen.
  4. Cold FusionTan Dun’s shtick—using Chinese musical gestures in Western opera—leaves both genres worse for wear.
  5. The Year in Classical & DancePleasure came from far-flung corners: Kings of the Dance outran its cheesiness, a movie recalled the odd genius of Glenn Gould, and Lon […]
  6. Razzle-Dazzle RossiniYes, the Met is overhyping its new Il Barbiere di Siviglia. But the production has energy to spare—so who’s arguing?
  7. A Few More Short Films About Glenn GouldHours of Gould on film are readily available for home viewing, from the many television programs made by the CBC featuring the pianist performin […]
  8. Diva EmergencyThey don’t make them like they used to. Can Renée Fleming and Audra McDonald save this endangered species?
  9. That’s Donizetti, Daddy-O!Jonathan Miller’s L’Elisir d’Amore ain’t for squares, baby.
  10. Meet the New BossAmid a circus of hype, Peter Gelb’s Met makes its debut on the wings of a cold, stiff Butterfly.
  11. Can I Ask You a Sexual Favor?City Opera’s Semele takes a satirical brush to less-than-savory methods of political advancement.
  12. The Greater GoodAt Glimmerglass, The Greater Good is lively and complex; Jonathan Miller’s Jenufa is almost too dark and severe for its own good.
  13. Mostly RecoveredMostly Mozart looks healthy again at 40—and Peter Sellars’s outré Zaide is exactly the kind of therapy it needed.
  14. Monster in a BoxGrendel’s visual pleasures can’t overcome a blah score that’s all pastiche.
  15. She’s No StreisandAnd that’s a good thing. Audra McDonald is that rare singer who succeeds in both opera and pop.
  16. Deborah Voigt’s New ProblemNow that she looks the part, the soprano sounds troublingly tentative and colorless in Tosca.
  17. Surprise EndingThe Met’s least-inventive director turns in a bizarre swan song. But the stars of his Don Pasquale sound (and look) great.
  18. No Peace, No SexAdamo’s new opera of Lysistrata is as timely as can be, despite a few too many camp touches.
  19. Brangelina Sings!Well, not quite. But Angela Gheorghiu and Jonas Kaufmann do as much for the eyes as for the ears.
  20. Not Bad for 100Juilliard spends its big birthday year by fêting—and commissioning work from—its offstage stars.
  21. German ReengineeringHow is Simon Rattle making the Berlin Philharmonic post his own? A New York visit offers a snapshot.
  22. He Reigns In SpainLincoln Center opens a monthlong festival devoted to Osvaldo Golijov with Ainadamar, his transcendent opera of the Spanish Civil War.
  23. The Yeomen of New YorkDoes anyone do this specialized repertory better than the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players?
  24. Tragic IndeedAn American Tragedy is yet another contemporary-opera-by-the-numbers rehash.
  25. Classical and DanceDance companies leapt to meet new audiences, opera embraced unorthodox source material, the Philharmonic had an opening night to remember, a […]
  26. Strange LoveThe Met’s weird new production bleeds the delicate chemistry out of Roméo et Juliette.
  27. The Peculiar Endurance of Opera’s Greatest Awful SingerAudiences appreciated her joy, as well as a quality she was blissfully unaware of: that poignant nobility often projected by harmless figures wh […]
  28. Pilot ErrorSkip The Little Prince and take your kids to a real opera instead. They’ll thank you later.
  29. Così Fan TutteSheer musical excellence is what drives this ‘Cosi,’ one of those now-I-can-die-happy performances that comes along rarely.
  30. Press PlayIf pop acts go on tour to plug their albums, why shouldn’t Cecilia Bartoli or Renée fleming?
  31. The New New ThingsPhilip Glass’s latest work drones on at BAM; Ricky Ian Gordon gets a magical premiere at Lincoln Center.
  32. Foreign CompetitionThe London Symphony Orchestra and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic make dazzling visits—and the home team looks pretty anemic in comparison.
  33. Unchained MelodyThe Met pulls out all the star power it can for the season debut—with (mostly) spectacular results.
  34. Wartime AusterityRichard Strauss’s 1942 Capriccio is usually a treat for the devout fan, but City Opera’s staging turns it grim and dowdy.
  35. New LifeA new production’s weird staging can’t diminish the huge emotional scope of Britten’s Death in Venice.
  36. Suspicious PackageLincoln Center’s latest attempt to rebrand the classics threatens to gum up the Mostly Mozart Festival.
  37. La Bella Dormente Nel BoscoAll manner of fantastic creatures pop up: a chorus of frogs, airborne fairies, a fluttering nightingale, a juggling jester, a sleepy cat, […]
  38. Aging GracelesslyA misbegotten concert staging of South Pacific makes it clear why this show isn’t revived more often.
  39. The Sopranos: Now on DVDThe opera CD is dead. Long live the videodisc!
  40. The SchnozzAt the Met, the ageless Plácido Domingo leads Alfano’s Cyrano back from undeserved obscurity.
  41. The Devil, You Say!The Met brings back Faust and does it right, playing it straight and showcasing the singers.
  42. Land of the LostThree operas return from deep storage, only to encounter modern-day problems.
  43. New Music, With Training WheelsJames Levine and the Boston Symphony ease their audience out of the standard repertory.
  44. ‘Orlando’ GloriosoHandel’s opera, long out of fashion, turns out to be ripe for reinterpretation.
  45. Weird ScienceLaurie Anderson delivers her NASA-fueled vision of inner and outer space in The End of the Moon.
  46. Bad BetCasino Paradise is like a trip to the blackjack tables: bright and entertaining, but at its heart a losing proposition.
  47. A Russian WinterRejoice, comrades! Four programs display the intensity and sweep of twentieth-century Soviet music.
  48. On Disc: The Audio EncyclopediaMore than 40 hours of hard-to-find live performances, featuring singers and conductors you won’t hear anywhere else. But wait, there’s more.
  49. House ProudA scaled-up Rodelinda is packed with vocal talent—not to mention one fabulous Italian villa.
  50. Thirteenth-Century FoxDeborah Voigt returns, slimmer and in fine voice, in Tannhäuser—but an overdue Met debut is the real news.
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