David Patrick Stearns

David Patrick Stearns is the classical music critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer, a contributor to WRTI-FM in Philadelphia and a frequent contributor to Gramophone and Opera News magazine.

Newspapers: Philadelphia Inquirer classical music critic (2000 to the present) and USA Today music and theater critic (1983-2000).

Radio: WRTI-FM, contributor to Creatively Speaking with Jim Cotter (2009 to the present) and NPR Morning Edition, music commentator (1986-1989). 

Magazines: Frequent contributions to Gramophone and Opera News.

Film: Screenwriter for two Lawrence Kraman documentaries, David Amram The First 80 Years (to be premiered in November) and The Face on the Barroom Floor (to be completed 2013).

Education: MA in musicology from New York University, BS in journalism from Southern Illinois University. Born in Sycamore, Illinois. Now living in Philadelphia.

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David Patrick Stearns appears in the following:

Review: LoftOpera's 'Otello' by Rossini Rewards With Three Fine Tenors

Friday, March 17, 2017

David Patrick Stearns reviews LoftOpera's production of the seldom produced, undervalued opera, in what is said to be the first New York staging in 40 years.
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The Met's New-Generation 'Rusalka' Meets the Current Mermaid Zeitgeist

Friday, February 03, 2017

The Metropolitan Opera's new production of Dvořák's "Rusalka" had some significant odds to overcome at its Thursday opening, writes David Patrick Stearns in his review.
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Review: New York City Opera's 'Candide'

Monday, January 09, 2017

The City Opera production of "Candide" delivers lively entertainment showing Bernstein at his best in a circus-cum-vaudeville style production, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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Review: Metropolitan Opera's New 'Romeo et Juliette'

Sunday, January 01, 2017

The Metropolitan Opera's new production of "Romeo et Juliette" at the New Year's Eve opening may be the risk of the season, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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Review: Kaija Saariaho Opera Walks On Artificial Water at the Met

Friday, December 02, 2016

Kaija Saariaho's "L'Amour de Loin" is one of the operatic wonders of our time, though the best efforts of the Met Opera didn't always reveal that to Thursday's opening night audience.
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Review: Kathleen Battle Returns to the Met

Monday, November 14, 2016

Kathleen Battle's hyped return to the Metropolitan Opera began 30 minutes late. But once she started, she showed no signs of stopping.
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Review: Met's Revival of Janáček's 'Jenůfa' Highlights Karita Mattila

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Karita Mattila's characterization of Jenůfa's tormented stepmother Kostelnicka is the talk of Metropolitan Opera circles, and could well become a signature role.
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For ‘William Tell’ Nerds, The Met Does (Reasonably) Well by Rossini's Epic

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

David Patrick Stearns reviews the new William Tell production at the Met Opera and says that there is much that Rossini's massive epic has to offer, especially at the end.
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Review: Met's New 'Tristan und Isolde' Goes Radical

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

"This was not your typical glittering, socialite-oriented Met opening," writes David Patrick Stearns in his review of this much anticipated new production of "Tristan und Isolde."
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NYC Opera's Double Bill: Stick Around After Intermission

Friday, September 09, 2016

David Patrick Stearns reviews the New York Opera's double bill of Rachmaninoff's "Aleko" and Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci."
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Review: 'Idomeneo' at Mostly Mozart Festival Seeks Converts

Friday, August 19, 2016

David Patrick Stearns writes that at the Mostly Mozart Festival "Idomeneo" had "a clean, trim narrative and never left left you asking why the opera takes periodic left turns."
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Review: Couples Are Reunited in Bracing 'Cosi fan tutte'

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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A performance of Mozart's 'Cosi fan tutte' at the Mostly Mozart Festival brought a "provocatively bracing, razor-sharp edge" to the opera, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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Review: 'The Illuminated Heart' Opens Mostly Mozart Festival

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

WQXR
Netia Jones's 'The Illuminated Heart,' a 90-minute program of semi-staged Mozart arias kicked off the 50th anniversary of the Mostly Mozart Festival with operatic star power. 
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Review: Long Dormant, Mascagni's 'Iris' Opens at Bard

Monday, July 25, 2016

WQXR
Bard SummerScape stages the first North American revival of Mascagni's symbolist opera, 'Iris,' in almost a century. Critic David Patrick Stearns weighs in on the production.
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Review: 'Paradise Interrupted' Fuses Eastern Manners with Western Narrative

Thursday, July 14, 2016

WQXR
A striking production of Huang Ruo's "installation opera" was presented with the Chinese opera star, Qian Yi. Critic David Patrick Stearns weighs in. 
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New York City Opera Spreads Its Wings with 'Florencia'

Thursday, June 23, 2016

WQXR
'Florencia en el Amazonas,' kicks off New York City Opera's Spanish-language series, with a butterfly-themed production. David Patrick Stearns reviews the performance.
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Review: 'The Importance of Being Earnest' Crashes into the NY Phil Biennial

Friday, June 03, 2016

Gerald Barry's 'The Importance of Being Earnest' received its U.S. stage premiere in a plate-smashing and somewhat confounding production by the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center.
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Kelli O'Hara Crosses Over to Opera in Updated 'Dido and Aeneas'

Friday, April 29, 2016

WQXR
A new production of Purcell's 'Dido and Aeneas' cast Broadway actors and debuted a new prologue to the 17th century work. David Patrick Stearns weighs in on the effort.
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'Les Fêtes Vénitiennes,' a Vaudevillian Spectacle from the Baroque

Monday, April 18, 2016

WQXR
William Christie's Les Arts Florissants and director Robert Carson revive Campra's 18th century opera-ballet at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. David Patrick Stearns reviews it.
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Salonen Reveals the Dramatic Core of Strauss's 'Elektra'

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Met stages Patrice Chereau's acclaimed production of 'Elektra,' starring Nina Stemme in the title role. David Patrick Stearns reviews the opera.
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