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Revisiting Nixon in China

To celebrate the forthcoming 25th anniversary of the opera Nixon in China , its three creators gathered last Tuesday afternoon on the stage of Harvard's Loeb Drama Center (home of the A.R.T.) to discuss their landmark opus.
Grand Opera and Anti-Opera
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 25, 2011
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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
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French kiss

Productions I attended at the Opéra and Opéra Comique would be rare in New York, let alone Boston — though some of the performers would be familiar.
What we don't get in Boston
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  July 10, 2009
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Schnozzola!

By the time you read this, you've either seen or missed one of Boston's most exciting opera productions, Opera Boston's brilliant version of Shostakovich's The Nose .
Opera Boston doesn't blow The Nose — plus Yannick Nézet-Séguin's BSO debut and the return of Lang Lang
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 03, 2009
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Griot act

Some albums are extraordinary because they capture their time. Others are great because they transcend it.
Rokia Traoré breaks through with Tchamantché
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 09, 2009
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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


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Year in Classical: Celebrate!

In Handel's Hercules, the demented Dejanira's loss is still so painful, I was afraid to listen; now I don't want to hear anything else.
Comings and goings
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 22, 2008
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Magic bullets

Last week’s Boston Symphony Orchestra program looked odd on paper, but the concert was a knockout.
Maurizio Pollini returns to the BSO; Opera Boston’s Der Freischütz
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 21, 2008
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‘A miracle!’

“Deep, tough, devout — and in church! It’s a miracle!”
Emmanuel’s memorial for Craig Smith, plus Russell Sherman’s Bach, the Royal Concertgebouw, and Handel’s Semele
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 05, 2008
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Love and loss

Boston’s biggest classical-music story this year was also its saddest.
Classical: 2007 in review
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 18, 2007
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Craig Smith (1947–2007)

For more than 30 years, Emmanuel Music has been central to the cultural life of Boston.
Boston loses a beloved musician
By EDITORIAL  |  November 19, 2007


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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
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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
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Don ho!

In 1665, when it made a brief appearance before being suppressed for a couple of hundred years, Molière’s Don Juan was a “machine play.”
On the road with Mozart and Molière in Don Juan Giovanni
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 04, 2007
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Twenty-first-century syndromes

Simon Field and Keith Griffiths, who commissioned the series, found four directors who responded to the call with brilliant films.
The “New Crowned Hope” series at the MFA
By CHRIS FUJIWARA  |  August 28, 2007
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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
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  May 22, 2007


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Oh Susanna

Music director Stephen Lord conducts a Figaro that clocks in close to three and a half hours but so engaging, few people will be checking their watches.
Ailyn Pérez shines in BLO’s Figaro; so does Gabriela Montero with the Boston Philharmonic
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  May 01, 2007
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City limits

There’s nothing like the first weekend of beautiful weather to raise skepticism about digitally mediated experience.
Boston Cyberarts’ ‘The Body’s Limit’ at Green Street, ‘Ten’s the Limit’ at the ICA
By DEBRA CASH  |  April 24, 2007
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Rise and fall

With its production of the Kurt Weill/Bertolt Brecht Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, Opera Boston consolidates its position as this city’s most exciting opera company.
Opera Boston does Mahagonny; the BSO and the Boston Philharmonic do Sibelius
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 13, 2007
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Winter harvest

"I don’t want to be here,” soprano Susan Larson lamented in her moving eulogy to her old friend and colleague Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.  
Emmanuel’s memorial to Lorraine Hunt Lieberson; Angelika Kirchschlager at Jordan Hall; Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and El Niño at the BSO
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 12, 2006
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Harvard Square

Harvard Square was very different 40 years ago.
Ground zero for so much, for so many
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 15, 2006


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Landmarks

Seventy-four years after Schoenberg composed (but never finished) Moses und Aron , this towering 20th-century masterwork got its first Boston Symphony Orchestra performance.
The BSO’s Moses und Aron  and Emmanuel Music’s Orlando
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 31, 2006
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Transfigured nights

James Levine and the BSO resumed their Beethoven/Schoenberg series with superb performances of two pieces at the opposite ends of the Schoenberg spectrum.
The BSO’s Schoenberg and Beethoven; Boston Baroque’s Don Giovanni; Opera Boston’s La clemenza di Tito
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 24, 2006
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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
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Opera, opera, opera

Every performance at Santa Fe was packed, and few subscribers left unhappy.
At Santa Fe and Tanglewood and in New York
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  August 15, 2006
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Lorraine Hunt Lieberson

We were very lucky, here in Boston, to have had so many chances to hear Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, who died in Santa Fe last Monday at the age of 52.
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By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  July 11, 2006


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Angels sing

One of the most memorable moments in Angels in America is the entrance of the Angel, who comes crashing down through Prior Walter’s ceiling.
Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer winner becomes an opera
By IRIS FANGER  |  June 07, 2006
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Odds and endings

The classical-music season is winding up without winding down.
Russell Sherman, the Cantata Singers’ Belshazzar , and Dmitri Hvorostovsky  
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  May 16, 2006
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Ear-popping

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  
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  May 09, 2006