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:

Jaap and the New York Philharmonic's New Season: Amiable and Innovative

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The New York Philharmonic’s impressive 2018–19 season announcement puts Jaap van Zweden’s still-to-begin tenure as music director in a new light.
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Wagner's Full-Blooded 'Parsifal' at The Metropolitan Opera Leaves a Mark

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Wagner’s red-blooded “Parsifal” is revisited at the Metropolitan Opera with shrieks and profundity, though sometimes it’s hard to tell which is which.
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Must-See Classical Concerts This February

Thursday, February 01, 2018

In February, look for some familiar names — whether composers or performers — to turn in some credulity-straining combinations.
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Must-See Classical Concerts This January

Thursday, January 04, 2018

From the Public’s Under the Radar Festival to Carnegie Hall, David Patrick Stearns thinks there are plenty of classical events that are worth braving the cold and snow to attend.
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Review: The Met's New 'Tosca' Leaps to Safety

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

David Patrick Stearns reviews the New Year's Eve premiere of Tosca at the Met, which soars despite its many mishaps and cancellations.
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The Music They Made: The Classical Artists We Lost in 2017

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Let’s say goodbye to the great classical music figures who died in 2017. They changed our lives, and their presence will continue to resonate long after their passing. 
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The Best Classical Music Performances of 2017

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

There were some spectacular performances of classical music in 2017. David Patrick Stearns remembers the best, venturing as far north as Hudson and as far east as Ulaanbaatar. 
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'The Psalms Experience' Recap Program 11 and 12: Celebration of Life and the Consequences of Power

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Because in this life, don't forget you're allowed to feel good. 
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Concert Review: Daniil Trifonov and the Mariinsky Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

Thursday, November 16, 2017

David Patrick Stearns reviews Daniil Trifonov's performance at Carnegie Hall, featuring his composition Piano Concerto in E-flat.
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'The Psalms Experience' Recap Program 2: Faith

Sunday, November 05, 2017

"Faith" is a word with religious connotations, but it is also necessary to examine the faith we have in ourselves and our fellow humans.
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'The Psalms Experience' Recap Program 1: Mortal Leadership and Divine Guidance

Friday, November 03, 2017

WQXR writers and contributors discuss the opening concert of Lincoln Center's White Light Festival's Psalms Experience.
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Bernstein's 'Songfest' Gets A Rare (And Much Needed) Performance

Monday, October 30, 2017

Some Bernstein pundits — including David Patrick Stearns — would say his best work is nearly unknown.
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Review: A Compassion-Free 'Exterminating Angel' Stumbles to Find A Voice

Friday, October 27, 2017

David Patrick Stearns writes that wonderful musical score of “The Exterminating Angel” at the Metropolitan Opera is undercut with a crowd of unlikable characters.
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How Monteverdi Bridges the Last Four Centuries With John Eliot Gardiner

Thursday, October 19, 2017

A celebration of the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi's birth takes place at Alice Tully Hall with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and his Monteverdi Choir as the centerpiece.
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Three New Operas Raise Crucial Questions About 'Us' and 'Them'

Friday, September 29, 2017

David Patrick Stearns previews three new operas which examine a world divided into "us" and "them."
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Review: The Met's New 'Norma' Goes Next Level With Combustible Singing

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

“Each of the artists had their own special keys for unlocking the opera and taking it to the next level,” writes David Patrick Stearns of the Met's new production of Norma.
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Must Stravinsky Be Both Seen and Heard? Pina Bausch's 'Rite of Spring' Delivers a Convincing Yes

Monday, September 18, 2017

David Patrick Stearns reviews “The Rite of Spring” as choreographed by Pina Bausch at Brooklyn Academy of Music and asks whether Stravinsky must be both seen and heard.
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New York City Opera Triumphs Amid Puccini's Incongruous Cowboy Opera

Thursday, September 07, 2017

David Patrick Stearns reviews New York City Opera's season opener — Puccini's "La Fanciulla del West."
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Fall 2017: Classical Music Events You Should Not Miss This Season

Monday, September 04, 2017

The fall season for concert-going is upon us. Here are 14 of our picks for fall 2017 from David Patrick Stearns.
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Review: Ivan Fischer's 'Don Giovanni' Lives Up To Its Successful Reputation

Friday, August 18, 2017

The return of Ivan Fischer's Don Giovanni production on Thursday for three sold-out performances was the banner attraction of this year's Mostly Mozart Festival at the Rose Theater.
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