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Classical Music Reviews Archive

February 11, 2013
Viva Las Verdi

Sure, this Rat Pack Rigoletto is a little gimmicky. It’s also great entertainment.

January 28, 2013
Attenzione, Big Opera

The Prototype festival took risks, some of which didn’t pay off—and all of which made it feel necessary.

November 5, 2012
Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On

Thomas Adès’s The Tempest is an exemplary reminder of why we go to the opera.

October 29, 2012
Bow on Top

Maya Beiser tackles four millenniums’ worth of female mistreatment in the “cello opera” Elsewhere.

October 1, 2012
That’s Amore?

A new Donizetti production suggests that the Metropolitan Opera needs a fresh formula. Fast.

August 20, 2012
A Horror Movie Without the Movie

The spooky-creepy-beautiful The Murder of Crows washes visitors in mysterious sound.

May 28, 2012

City Opera may have secured its immediate future. But does it matter?

April 16, 2012
Beethoven in a Blender

Two festivals lay out a path to saving the symphony orchestra.

February 13, 2012
The Machine in the Garden

Thoughts on the new “Ring” — and on the state of Peter Gelb’s Metropolitan.

February 6, 2012
Had I Never Listened Closely Enough?

On trying to like Philip Glass, again and again and again.

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