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Soprano Renée Fleming visits the PSO
Soprano Renée Fleming visits the PSO
| February 11, 2009
For the first time since James Levine became music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, this acclaimed Verdi specialist conducted the BSO in a Verdi opera.
James Levine brings us Verdi's Simon Boccanegra ; plus Christian Tetzlaff and Leif Ove Andsnes
| February 03, 2009
Ring in the new
If 2009 lives up to the grace and power of some of the concerts that began it, we can look forward to a vintage year.
Haydn trios, Kirchner's 90th-birthday concert, Cantata Singers' Britten, Teatro Lirico's Aida
| January 20, 2009
Lift every voice!
Opera is the big word for 2009.
Classical goodies for 2009
| December 30, 2008
The act four sequence of quintet, septet, and love duet is non-stop musical orgasm.
Berlioz’s Les Troyens at the BSO; Opera Boston attempts Verdi’s Ernani
| May 07, 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
| April 17, 2008
The season may be starting to wind down, but there remain some events music lovers have been waiting for all year.
Spring Arts Preview: Opera and vocal works lead the season
| March 10, 2008
A Violetta to die for
Ukrainian soprano Marina Viskvorkina gave an extraordinary performance as the consumptive courtesan Violetta Valéry.
Teatro Lirico I at the Majestic Theatre, March 2, 2008
| March 04, 2008
Lloyd Schwartz: the beat goes on
Classical-music critic Lloyd Schwartz recently marked his 30th year as a Phoenix contributor.
Letter from the Executive Editor
| January 30, 2008
Country for old men
A youthful 80-year-old Sir Colin Davis was back in front of the Boston Symphony Orchestra last weekend with one of the pieces he loves most.
Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, BMOP, Marc-André Hamelin, and Sasha Cooke
| January 29, 2008
Dance fans who come to Festival Ballet Providence’s “Up CLOSE, on HOPE” series expect to see a wide variety of works and a few breathtaking moments.
Festival Ballet’s “Up CLOSE, on HOPE”
| November 06, 2007
There’s more to Boston’s classical music scene than the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
The BSO goes traveling, and Berlin comes to Boston
| September 12, 2007
Send in the clowns
Boston newcomers proved that even without scenery or traditional costumes, these operas can pack a wallop.
Chorus pro Musica’s verismo duo; the Boston Early Music Festival; and Carousel at the Pops
| June 19, 2007
Classic summer starts with a rock-and-roll fundraiser?
Romantic performances statewide
| June 13, 2007
What’s in a phrase?
There are lots of references to heaven in Bach’s Passions and cantatas, but one of his most heavenly pieces has no words at all.
The Cantata Singers’ season finale; Leon Fleisher and the Emerson String Quartet
| May 22, 2007
Love and death
“Classic Balanchine” as opposed to . . . “Jazz Balanchine”? “Porno Balanchine”? What was the alternative?
Boston Ballet's "Classic Balanchine" has all the basics
| May 09, 2007
Music lovers had a tough decision to make last Saturday between two great operas that are rarely performed here.
Emmanuel Music’s Alcina , André Previn at the BSO, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra
| April 24, 2007
It would be fun to report that in the same weekend Bostonians got to hear two operas from two different centuries that take place on their home turf.
Boston Lyric Opera’s Un ballo in maschera ; Scott Wheeler’s The Construction of Boston
| April 05, 2007
"Any shows in Boston feel like home," says Casey Crescenzo.
The Dear Hunter set their sights on opera, Boston, and the Receiving End of Sirens
| December 28, 2006
Erwartung . . .
BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA music director James Levine will be back in February to continue his survey of Beethoven and Schoenberg with Metropolitan Opera diva Deborah Voigt in Beethoven’s “Ah! perfido” and Schoenberg’s Erwartung (“Awaiting”), along w
Classical goodies for 2007
| December 28, 2006
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
| November 16, 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
| September 13, 2006
Opera, opera, opera
Every performance at Santa Fe was packed, and few subscribers left unhappy.
At Santa Fe and Tanglewood and in New York
| August 15, 2006
Crossword: 'Not so great'
Water you looking at?
| August 02, 2006
Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon is Romeo and Juliet ’s ugly stepsister.
The Royal Ballet’s Manon
| 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
| June 07, 2006
Odds and endings
The classical-music season is winding up without winding down.
Russell Sherman, the Cantata Singers’ Belshazzar , and Dmitri Hvorostovsky
| May 16, 2006
Of the three operas recently competing with one another, Opera Boston’s presentation of Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia was in some ways the most fun.
Opera Boston’s Lucrezia Borgia , the BSO’s Oedipus Rex
| May 09, 2006
The best of what's to come in March, April & May
| March 09, 2006
More than Mozart
One of the spring’s most exciting prospects is the premiere of John Harbison’s But Mary Stood: Sacred Symphonies for Chorus and Instruments.
Warming up with a busy concert season
| March 08, 2006
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