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Classical Music Reviews Archive

November 21, 2011
The Hook of Mormon

“Keep sweet,” sing the five wives of Nico Muhly’s opera Dark Sisters. If only I could.

November 7, 2011
White Heat

The London Symphony Orchestra brings an overachieving spirituality to Lincoln Center.

October 10, 2011
Headless

The Met’s Anna Bolena is spirited but often vague. With James Levine out, who’s in charge of quality control?

July 11, 2011
A Joyous Racket

Why the New York Philharmonic is flourishing.

May 9, 2011
The Stars Who Don’t Sing

Riccardo Muti and James Levine remind us why opera conductors matter.

May 2, 2011
“Accessible” Is Not Enough

Stephen Schwartz’s attempt at an opera may be easy to swallow—but you’ll have indigestion later.

April 18, 2011
The Pizzicato Five

A quintet of composers set out to reinvent the violin concerto.

April 11, 2011
Risk, Reward, and Rossini

For spring, the Met and City Opera hedge experimentation with coziness.

March 28, 2011
A New New York School

An omnivorous generation of composers could use something to rage against.

February 14, 2011
A Tricky New Classic

Nixon in China, like Nixon himself, does best when Mao is around.

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