Giacomo Puccini

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Ye gods!

Much beautiful music turns up in the 18th-century operatic form that’s probably most alien to a modern audience.
BLO’s Idomeneo, BU’s Susannah, Garfein’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Zander’s Stravinsky, and Pollini’s Chopin
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 30, 2010

In the swim

My head’s swimming.
Guerilla Opera, von Stade’s farewell, the BSO, Handel and Haydn, the BPO, and that Tosca
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 16, 2009

Terpsichore's delight

There's no end to variety to the fall's dance season, from a Boston Ballet classic to Hawaiian hula and "extreme action" acrobatics.
A season of foot (and body) work
By DEBRA CASH  |  September 18, 2009

Play by play: July 24, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 24, 2009

Play by play: July 17, 2009

Boston's theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 17, 2009

Play by play: July 10, 2009

This week in Boston theater
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 10, 2009


Divine operas

USM shows off two Puccini one-acts
USM shows off two Puccini one-acts
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 18, 2009

Anniversaries and other occasions

Anniversaries, however fabricated, can still be useful. This year commemorates the 200th birthday of Felix Mendelssohn, the 150th birthday of Victor Herbert (both recently celebrated with intensive "orgies" on WHRB), the 200th anniversary of Haydn's dea
Masur's Mendelssohn, Orfeos from Norrington and Levine, the Discovery Ensemble, and the Inauguration 'performance'
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 27, 2009

Puccini goes punk

Perched on the lid of a lace-draped baby grand, a bobblehead quivers along with Christine Teeters's vibrato as she powers through a Tuesday-night voice lesson in the Steinway Piano Building on Boylston Street.
Faced with diminishing mainstream opportunities, Boston's young opera singers are going small and making the repertoire their own
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  January 21, 2009


Probably most music lovers wouldn’t head their greatest-composer list with Carl Orff, despite the popularity of his violent, garish, sumptuously tuneful Carmina burana .
The BSO’s Carmina burana, the Cantata Singers, the Boston Camerata, and BLO’s Tales of Hoffmann
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 11, 2008

Channeling Shakespeare

Cardenio , an early-17th-century play in which Shakespeare may well have had a hand, has been MIA since its debut and will doubtless remain so.
Cardenio  at the ART; King John at ASP
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 19, 2008


Opera superstar 101

Domingo put his arm around Martínez and whirled her around the stage, asking the audience to sing in their stead.

At 67, Plácido Dominingo makes his Boston concert Debut

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 17, 2008

Crossword: ''Box set''

Prepare to be bowled over
By MATT JONES  |  March 26, 2008

Movie music

Classical music in 2008 Boston did not get off to a brilliant start.
The BSO, Handel and Haydn, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Cantata Singers, David Daniels, and Teatro Lirico d’Europa’s Tosca
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 23, 2008

Dancing about architecture

If writing about music is like dancing about architecture, as the famous saying suggests, then Alex Ross is the Lord of the Dance.
Alex Ross’s The Rest Is Noise
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  December 19, 2007

Low rent

With good singing, acting, and conducting, a stage director for La bohème can afford to keep out of the way, which is pretty much what Ocel does.
Boston Lyric Opera’s latest La bohème; plus Collage’s Berio, and Markus Stenz at the BSO
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 06, 2007


Lorca without Lorca

Is it possible for a work of art to seem both completely sincere in its intentions and at the same time counterfeit and manipulative?
Opera Boston’s Ainadamar, plus Ida Haendel, the BSO, and West Side Story
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 30, 2007

The art of . . .

Craig Smith’s Emmanuel Music began its season with Bach, the composer it’s best known for.
Bach at Emmanuel, Boston Baroque’s Cosí fan tutte, Kiri Te Kanawa’s farewell to Boston  
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 16, 2007

World music

There’s more to Boston’s classical music scene than the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
The BSO goes traveling, and Berlin comes to Boston
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 12, 2007

Mr. Bean's Holiday

He appears to be on a holiday of his own — from any faintly realistic notion about his audience.
An uncalled-for sequel
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  August 22, 2007

An Italian feast

A group of performers — especially one unified by gender and culture — is an unconventional focus for a film series.
‘Signore + Signore’ isn’t just about the ladies
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  August 07, 2007


Lowbrow fun

Outdoor summer performances have so much going against them.
Elemental Theatre’s wacky King Stag
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 06, 2007

Crossword: 'Here's your cue, Jay'

Two tough letters, one tough puzzle
By MATT JONES  |  May 16, 2007


James Levine was back in front of the BSO after his Christmas break, and as good as at least one of the guest conductors.
James Levine and Deborah Voigt, Collage New Music, Teatro Lirico’s Turandot
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 06, 2007

High Numbers

This article originally appeared in the March 19, 1993 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Elliott Carter at 85, Pavarotti at Boston Garden, plus Russell Sherman and the Boston Philharmonic
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 16, 2006

Taking chances

The most extraordinary event at last week’s extraordinary Boston Symphony Orchestra concert was the one the fewest people heard.
Levine’s Beethoven and Schoenberg; BLO’s Madama Butterfly ; Kremer and Zimerman
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 07, 2006


From Knoxville to Swan Lake and back

As our most prestigious classical-music institution, the Boston Symphony Orchestra ought to be every year’s headliner, and once again, under the adventuresome direction of James Levine, it is.
A chock-full season of classical music
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 13, 2006

Stacked deck

Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon is Romeo and Juliet ’s ugly stepsister.
The Royal Ballet’s Manon
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 21, 2006

New to Boston

Last year, Jeffrey Rink’s Chorus pro Musica gave us seductive belly wriggling; this year: “screams, rape, moans, blood, pillage” and the desire to “feast on limbs and severed heads.”
Chorus pro Musica does Verdi’s Attila ; the Bostonians do Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  June 07, 2006

Sweet tooth

I hope the estate of Leonard Bernstein is collecting royalties for The Little Prince . Rachel Portman’s unremittingly sweet and relentlessly lilting score for this children’s opera based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s famous story borrows heavily from Be
  Boston Lyric Opera imports The Little Prince , the BSO premieres Yehudi Wyner’s piano concerto, and Renée Fleming
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 19, 2006