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, 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.
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.
Thursday, February 01, 2018
In February, look for some familiar names — whether composers or performers — to turn in some credulity-straining combinations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Because in this life, don't forget you're allowed to feel good.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
David Patrick Stearns reviews Daniil Trifonov's performance at Carnegie Hall, featuring his composition Piano Concerto in E-flat.
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.
Friday, November 03, 2017
WQXR writers and contributors discuss the opening concert of Lincoln Center's White Light Festival's Psalms Experience.
Monday, October 30, 2017
Some Bernstein pundits — including David Patrick Stearns — would say his best work is nearly unknown.
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.
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.
Friday, September 29, 2017
David Patrick Stearns previews three new operas which examine a world divided into "us" and "them."
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.
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.
Thursday, September 07, 2017
David Patrick Stearns reviews New York City Opera's season opener — Puccini's "La Fanciulla del West."
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.
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.