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:
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.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
The technological barbarians are at the gate – and are being welcomed graciously.
Monday, October 27, 2014
With Joyce DiDonato leading the cast, Carnegie's concert presentation of Alcina showed why the work should never lose its special occasion status, writes David Patrick Stearns.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Despite a demonstration across from Lincoln Center—and interruptions from hecklers—"The Death of Klinghoffer" production captured its many layers, writes David Patrick Stearns.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Pretty Yende's New York debut revealed a magnetically lush soprano and as much genuine warmth as boundless artistic confidence, writes David Patrick Stearns.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
The Metropolitan Opera's opening night couldn't help but arrive with an air of victory, writes David Patrick Stearns in his review of opening night.
Friday, September 05, 2014
A new opera by Laura Kaminsky looks at a transgender woman coming to terms with herself and her world. David Patrick Stearns reviews the premiere.
Friday, July 11, 2014
Mieczyslaw Weinberg's 1968 opera The Passenger is not the great, cathartic Holocaust opera that we've been waiting for, writes David Patrick Stearns.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Rameau's one-act Pygmalion received a site-specific staging at Madame Tussauds Tuesday night. Operavore's David Patrick Stearns writes that the venue brought some challenges to the score.
Monday, March 31, 2014
The Metropolitan Opera's annual stars-of-tomorrow event is often a prelude to a house contract. David Patrick Stearns assesses the talent on display on Sunday.
Monday, March 03, 2014
"Without so much as an outrageously updated production or even a fake head, the visiting Vienna State Opera at Carnegie Hall delivered a near-seismic concert version of Salome," writes David Patrick Stearns.