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.
David Patrick Stearns appears in the following:
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
New original operas featured in the 2016-2017 season and a three-year composer-in-residence stint from 25-year-old Matthew Aucoin were announced.
Monday, January 11, 2016
Two operas opened this past weekend at the Prototype Festival. Both focus with minimalism on intense subject matter. One does so with great effect, the other misses its mark.
Friday, January 01, 2016
Operavore critic David Patrick Stearns attended the New Year's Eve performance of The Pearl Fishers which returned to the Met after a century.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
The end of the year means more lists. Here's another one: Operavore critic David Patrick Stearns' list of pivotal moments in 2015.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
New York's alternative venues include Le Poisson Rouge and Roulette. We can now add The Crypt Sessions from the Church of the Intercession at 155th Street and Broadway to the list.
Friday, November 06, 2015
David Patrick Stearns reviews the new William Kentridge production of Alban Berg's "Lulu" at the Metropolitan Opera.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
The genial, celebrated bass-baritone Eric Owens opened a year-long Philharmonic residency with "Great African American Singers and Their Legacy."
Monday, October 05, 2015
Gotham Chamber Opera's assertion that it didn't know it had a major deficit exemplifies the magical thinking that permeates opera management, writes David Patrick Stearns.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Even if the new Bartlett Sher production of Verdi's late masterpiece wasn't all one could hope for, much of it was, writes David Patrick Stearns.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra has said that Andris Nelsons will be its next chief conductor, making the 36-year-old suddenly very busy.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
George Benjamin's opera Written on Skin arrived with many international endorsements but Operavore critic David Patrick Stearns was not among the enraptured at Tuesday's opening.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
"Jeanne d’Arc au bucher" came off as a well-budgeted Bible pageant with a memorable lead portrayal, writes David Patrick Stearns.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Ambitious festivals are their own destination, homes to category-defying works, provocations and musical rehabilitations, writes David Patrick Stearns.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
The best moments in this mixed bag of a play are the inside-y opera ones, writes Operavore critic David Patrick Stearns.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Like so many opening nights at the Met, the new David McVicar staging of "Cav/Pag" was more of a beginning than an arrival, writes David Patrick Stearns.
Thursday, March 05, 2015
David Patrick Stearns reviews this production by the Canadian Opera Company.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
You can question the dramatic viability of Rossini's "La Donna del Lago" in the 21st Century but still marvel at Joyce DiDonato surpassing herself in the role of Elena.
Friday, January 30, 2015
With an on-stage protester and a hallucinatory staging of Bluebeard's Castle, a night at the Metropolitan Opera becomes unsettling, writes David Patrick Stearns.
Thursday, January 01, 2015
"The Merry Widow" was more sleepy than bubbly when its splashy new production opened New Year’s Eve at the Metropolitan Opera, writes David Patrick Stearns.
Monday, December 08, 2014
Sunday's four-hour performance by the Teatro Regio Torino at Carnegie Hall offered many rewards, writes David Patrick Stearns.