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.

David Patrick Stearns appears in the following:

Review: At Metropolitan Opera Contest, Steely Nerves and Second Chances

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.

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Review: Strauss's Salome, Still Creepy After All These Years

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.

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Review: The Met's New Werther Succeeds in Haunting Ways

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Operavore's David Patrick Stearns reviews the new Met Opera production of Werther which reveals itself as a haunting but solid presentation.

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Review: Billy Budd at BAM is Electrifying

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Glyndebourne Festival production of Billy Budd has docked in Brooklyn. David Patrick Stearns writes that it explores the opera's layers with a thoroughness and balance not often found anywhere.

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Review: Met Tries Conceptual Approach in Rich, Confounding Prince Igor

Friday, February 07, 2014

The results of the Met's revival of Borodin's Prince Igor were visually imaginative and musically gratifying but essential narrative elements simply weren’t there, writes David Patrick Stearns.

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Review: Metropolitan Opera’s New Fledermaus is Sprawling, Schticky

Thursday, January 02, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera's new production of Johann Strauss Jr.'s classic operetta Die Fledermaus bowed on New Year's Eve. David Patrick Stearns writes that this staging was too gussied up.

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12 Pivotal Moments in Opera in 2013

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

This was the year of Bellini's Norma, whose title role has even frightened off Renee Fleming and has mostly been a mirage in the operatic past, writes David Patrick Stearns in this look back.

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Review: In Metropolitan Opera's Falstaff, An Old Rogue Takes on a Dark Edge

Saturday, December 07, 2013

In Robert Carsen's production of Falstaff, 1950s England stands in for the Windsor of Shakespearean antiquity. The conceit mostly works, writes David Patrick Stearns.

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Review: St. Louis Symphony's Intense Peter Grimes Caps Britten Centennial

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.

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Review: Gotham Chamber Opera Recreates Seminal Event in 'Baden-Baden 1927'

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.

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Review: Hypnotic and Frank, Muhly's Two Boys Gets U.S. Premiere at the Met

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.

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Review: Britten and Shakespeare's Urban Forest in a 'Dream' Team at the Metropolitan Opera

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.

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Review: James Levine Makes Solid Return in Met's Cosi fan tutte

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.

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Review: Amid Protests and Gowns, Met Opens Season with Eugene Onegin

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.

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Review: City Opera's Anna Nicole Tells Tabloid Saga

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.

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Review: A Marriage of Figaro with Musical Taste, Fashion Faux Pas

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.

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'Monkey: Journey to the West': Lavish, Lightweight Summer Fare at Lincoln Center

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

This Chinese martial arts opera comes to Lincoln Center for 27 performances.

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Review: City Opera's Grand, Musically Uneven Moses in Egypt

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.

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Review: Met's Giulio Cesare Laces Politics with Bollywood Dance

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.

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Review: John Adams Thinks Big in New Telling of the Gospel

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."

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