Friday, July 06, 2012
Rossini was often thought of as a bon vivant who could dash off music with facile ease and then devote more of his time to food, wine and sex. But he was also a serious composer, writes Fred Plotkin.
Thursday, July 05, 2012
Lincoln Center Festival is taking a lean approach to several of its dramatic and musical offerings this year, with a one-person play and operas for one or two people. Olivia Giovetti reports.
Tuesday, July 03, 2012
The American soprano died on Sunday at age 86. "She was a first-rate musician, a magnetic presence on the stage, analytical and thoughtful in rehearsal and fearless in performance," remembers Fred Plotkin.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
To many, Brussels brings to mind quarreling constituents in a large bureaucracy. But the city has a compelling musical scene that does not reveal itself as insistently as other cities, writes blogger Fred Plotkin.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
In the wake of Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" debuting on HBO and in advance of July 4th, Olivia Giovetti takes a look at a recent work by Steven Stucky about the LBJ administration.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
With a new release from the Opera Babes, Olivia Giovetti looks at the malleable term "guilty pleasure," especially when it comes to classical music.
Friday, June 22, 2012
With the temperature already cranked up, the Princeton Festival goes even hotter and descends into hell this weekend with Rachmaninoff’s 1904 opera Francesca da Rimini based on the fifth canto of Dante’s The Inferno and starring soprano Caroline Worra.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Sandrine Piau is what is often described as “a special artist.” This term implies that she is undeniably gifted but either favors or is most suited for repertory that is outside the bread-and-butter works.