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:
Monday, November 25, 2013
The major Britten centennial event in New York on Friday was a concert version of Peter Grimes. The performers went for broke at every dramatic opportunity, writes David Patrick Stearns.
Monday, October 28, 2013
With "Baden-Baden 1927," Gotham Chamber Opera presented four one-act works by Ernest Toch, Darius Milhaud, Kurt Weill and Paul Hindemith. David Patrick Stearns considers the results.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Nico Muhly's Two Boys has an intentionally creepy sexual frankness that goes beyond anything previously seen on the Met stage, writes David Patrick Stearns.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
The Met's high-style production with a smartly-selected cast represents a near-ideal opportunity to come to terms with what the piece is and is not, writes David Patrick Stearns.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
"Light, swift and cogent were the watchwords in a performance that felt rather shorter than its three-and-a-half hour duration," writes David Patrick Stearns.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Before the first notes of Eugene Onegin, shouts rained down from the Family Circle of the Metropolitan Opera, with the word "Putin" surfacing often. David Patrick Stearns reports.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
If applause alone could cure the New York City Opera's financial ills, the company would be in the pink following Tuesday's opening of the Mark-Anthony Turnage opera Anna Nicole, writes David Patrick Stearns.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Racks of dresses sat in the middle of the stage while costumed mannequins hung in mid air in the Mostly Mozart production of Marriage of Figaro. David Patrick Stearns had a look and offers his review.
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
This Chinese martial arts opera comes to Lincoln Center for 27 performances.
Monday, April 15, 2013
The ages-old plea, “Let my people go,” took on immediate meaning when Rossini’s Moses in Egypt had concluded its second act and the Israelites were still captive, writes David Patrick Stearns.
Friday, April 05, 2013
"Reaching the end of Giulio Cesare at its opening night wasn't just a matter of taking in four-plus hours of Handel’s greatest arias, but navigating stories within stories," writes David Patrick Stearns.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
John Adams's large-scale oratorio The Gospel According to the Other Mary got its New York premiere Wednesday night. David Patrick Stearns writes that its Adams's "biggest and most profusely scored work."
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Beyond religion, beyond duty, beyond fashion lies J.S. Bach’s music for keyboard. Read David Patrick Stearns's take on the composer's epic keyboard works and get a free download.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
For the next 10 days, WQXR will be presenting the complete works of J.S. Bach – some 1100 in all. Get a free download, read our introductory essay and check out programming highlights.
Monday, February 25, 2013
"For all its musical clarity Sunday at BAM, Britten's opera failed to take possession (at least of me) in a way that it truly can," writes Operavore's David Patrick Stearns.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
"The production isn’t for everybody, but so handsomely filled this five-hour-plus opera," writes David Patrick Stearns.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
This visually busy Jay Scheib production addressed many of the problems in this woozy, dreamy portrayal of the Duchess of Argyll.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
"As much as the opening scene's intentionally vulgar casino-style neon lights were greeted with stunned silence, the final curtain response suggested that it's a hit," writes David Patrick Stearns.
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
The Met's first-ever staging of Donizetti's Maria Stuarda opened on New Year's Eve, with Joyce DiDonato as the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots. "Against many odds, the opera actually meant something," writes David Patrick Stearns.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Abstraction wrested music from the polarity of major and minor keys and Romantic-era emotions. Blogger David Patrick Stearns deconstructs the watershed years of 1910-1925.