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Review: Beethoven with the Discovery Ensemble, the BSO, and Opera Boston
We've had a good deal of Beethoven recently, with the high bar being set by young Courtney Lewis — a former Zander Fellow and the current assistant conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra — and his extraordinary young chamber orchestra, Discovery Ensemble
Heroes and villains
| October 29, 2010
"I can no longer stand to let this travesty continue," sings a character in Madame White Snake , the new opera based on an ancient Chinese legend co-commissioned by Opera Boston, which has just presented its world premiere. I'm afraid I shared the senti
Opera Boston presents the world premiere of Madame White Snake; plus the Leipzig Gewandhaus and Boston Philharmonic
| March 05, 2010
Blessings: mixed and otherwise
By odd coincidence, in recent weeks we’ve had performances of two important operatic rarities, landmark early works a century apart: 30-year-old Handel’s Amadigi (1715) and 20-year-old Rossini’s Tancredi (1813, his 10th opera!).
Boston Baroque’s Amadigi; Opera Boston’s Tancredi; the BSO’s Beethoven; the Borromeo’s Bartók; Brahms from BCMS and BSOCP
| October 30, 2009
No place like home
The first thing audiences see when the curtain goes up on Boston Ballet's Giselle is our heroine's charming Rhineland-village home, a rustic abode that in Peter Farmer's set is framed by birches, a symbol of fidelity.
Boston Ballet's Giselle fits right in
| October 09, 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
SARA FAITH ALTERMAN
| January 21, 2009
Jane Ring Frank's Boston Secession, which calls itself a "professional choral ensemble," began its 12th season with a short but ambitious program.
Boston Secession, the Takács Quartet and Muzsikás, Russell Sherman
| November 18, 2008
Luciano Pavarotti, 1935–2007
Luciano Pavarotti was so famous, so beloved, he became the first classical musician since 1940s violinist Jascha Heifetz to have his name become generic.
Generic for tenor
| September 17, 2007
Beverly Sills, 1929–2007
Beverly Sills, the most loved American opera singer of her generation, died this past week from inoperable lung cancer at 78.
The fun diva
| July 11, 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
The BSO has been having terrible luck hanging on to its star soloists.
BSO cancellations, plus the Camerata, Jonathan Biss, Emmanuel Music, and more
| March 28, 2007
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
| March 13, 2007
James Levine returned from his winter break with one of the most thrilling BSO concerts of his tenure: Berlioz’s “dramatic legend,” La damnation de Faust.
Levine’s Berlioz and Wuorinen, Garrick Ohlsson’s Beethoven, the Borromeo’s Shostakovich, the Alloy’s Eagle
| February 20, 2007
The best of times, the worst of times
This year Boston classical music lost some of its most beloved figures — some, like mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, at the very height of their extraordinary powers, others, like opera director Sarah Caldwell and her conductor/collaborator, Osbo
A year in classical
| December 20, 2006
Harvard Square was very different 40 years ago.
Ground zero for so much, for so many
| November 15, 2006
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
| October 31, 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
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
| June 07, 2006
Opera’s great loss
When the curtain went up at Boston’s Back Bay Theatre for the American premiere of Arnold Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron , in November 1966, two figures were standing back to back in a spotlight on a small disc.
Sarah Caldwell, 1924–2006
| March 29, 2006
The new year brought news of some great losses to the musical world.
The musical community laments
| January 19, 2006
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