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Justin Davidson

March 24, 2008 | The Classical Music Review
Inglese, Per Favore?

Mencken called opera in English “about as sensible as baseball in Italian.” But it does have its charms.

March 3, 2008 | Features
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.

February 18, 2008 | Feature
After 99 Years, an Admission

On appreciating—but not necessarily enjoying—Elliott Carter’s music.

February 11, 2008 | The Classical Music Review
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.

February 11, 2008 | Intelligencer
Bronx Clear

How a courthouse polices us through the glass.

April 7, 2008 | Intelligencer
Shadows on the Hudson

Among the tottering cranes, panicky condo marketers, and derailed megadevelopments, envisioning tomorrow’s boom today.

July 14, 2008 | Intelligencer
Why We Need a Hero at Ground Zero

Forget a “traffic cop.” Bring in Philippe de Montebello.

November 24, 2008 | Intelligencer
It’s Not Over Till...

How can New York City Opera survive its failed bet on an extravagant, avant-garde future?

December 8, 2008 | Intelligencer
Green Dreams on Madison Square

Daniel Libeskind has unveiled a proposal for his first New York building.

February 4, 2008 | Feature
The Next Next Wave

In small new-music venues, failure is an option—and a route to success.

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