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David Fox

“Tosca,” starring the Philadelphia Orchestra

Waiting for Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s semi-staged Tosca to begin, I remembered 27 years ago, when I last heard the Philadelphia Orchestra perform the work.  Read more »

Bigger than usual

Mezzo Ludwig, offering “amplitude and musical class.”

Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts, a top-tier advanced training program for singers launching professional careers, always sends off their artists in style. But this year’s farewell concert for departing fourth-year resident artists felt bigger than usual in every way—more celebratory, more sentimental, more produced.   Read more »

Medium, cool

Life is a Kabarett.

The Curtis Institute of Music is known, of course, as one of the country’s premier musical training centers. In recent years, though, Curtis Opera productions have a new emphasis on theatricality.  Read more »

Thank you for smoking

How do you like your Carmen? Mezzo or soprano? Flirtatious? Confrontational? Smolderingly sexy?

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