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Adès returns

Last year's most satisfying Boston Symphony concert was led by the 41-year-old British composer/conductor/pianist Thomas Adès, who combined music from his marvel-filled opera, The Tempest (2004), with other works inspired by Shakespeare's late romance

By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 30, 2012
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Young Adulteration

In the late 1980s, when I was nine or 10, my mom bought me my own copy of A First Dictionary of Cultural Literacy: What Our Children Need To Know .
Kid lit, cultural literacy, and the rise of books that are fun to read
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  September 23, 2011
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Adès, Tetzlaff, and Kissin at the BSO; Matthew Polenzani's Schubert

After too many weeks of watching the Boston Symphony Orchestra scramble to replace maestro James Levine, both in Boston and on tour, we finally got a concert that went as planned.  
Tempestuous
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 08, 2011
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Tod Machover's Death and the Powers, plus Norrington's C.P.E. Bach and the Cantata Singers' B-minor Mass

In her director's note for the American premiere of Death and the Powers: The Robots' Opera , Diane Paulus, artistic director of the American Repertory Theater, wrote that this "work of music-theater . . . has brought together artists from the widest r
Robotics
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 25, 2011
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Review: The Tempest

There are so many ways to stage The Tempest. Shakespeare's last and strangest play can be a meditation on aging, an exploration of S&M power dynamics, a critique of Western imperialism.
Taymor fails to cast a spell
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  December 17, 2010
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Freeport Shakespeare stages a fully appointed premiere

A new opportunity for free al fresco Shakespeare launches this week in Freeport: The Freeport Shakespeare Festival stages its premiere, a richly laden production of The Tempest , from August 3-6 in L.L. Bean's Discovery Park, directed by Julie George-
Outdoor Bard-ing
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 06, 2010


The islander

It’s to the credit of the cast of The Tempest that many of the actors are so engaging that I didn’t even notice the city noises until the momentary silence of a scene change.
Mixed Magic’s Tempest
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  July 30, 2008
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Spirits + sprites

The near-uninhabited spirit island of Shakespeare’s The Tempest , at the Theater at Monmouth, is evoked with a set swathed in white.
Humanity deserted, reborn at Monmouth  
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 12, 2006