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Panglossed over

Celebrating Lenny’s 100th this year has made Candide ubiquitous at opera houses worldwide. But the city most identified with its composer’s musical life had to make due with an overstuffed semi-staged gala at Carnegie Hall Wednesday night that sometimes threatened to sink Bernstein’s “problem child” but sterling performances by Paul Appleby and Erin Morley in particular saved the evening from the fate of the Santa Rosalia.  Read more »

They live by night

Despite three other buzzworthy opera premieres simultaneously occurring elsewhere on the Upper West Side, a heady audience had instead months ago paid top price to pack Carnegie Hall Thursday for just 80 minutes of unstaged Wagner.  Read more »

Less than hero

“Venti turbini,” which should end the first act in a blaze of determined coloratura, lacked the needed razzle-dazzle.

Harry Bicket and his English Concert returned Sunday afternoon to Rinaldo for the sixth annual installment of their survey at Carnegie Hall of Handel’s operas and oratorios. Unfortunately the composer’s breakout London hit of 1711 proved one of the series’s weakest efforts so far in part due to a cruelly miscast Iestyn Davies in the crucial title role.  Read more »

Flour song

Touting an austere, governessy program—the hour-and-change Schubert/Müller cycle, Die schöne MüllerinJonas Kaufman  fulfilled his long-awaited, high-profile return to Carnegie Hall last night.

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And now a word…

One of parterre’s most faithful sponsors begins a campaign today highlighting programs by the world’s greatest singers: let’s hear it for Carnegie Hall! 

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One Handel, one heart

I don’t usually attend a performance of an opera I’ve known well most of my life expecting a revelation.

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“Thy power standeth not in multitude nor thy might in strong men”

An unstaged performance of Juditha Triumphans by five soloists and the Venice Baroque Orchestra under Andrea Marcon.

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Together again for the first time

From Unnatural Acts of Opera, a duo concert with Shirley Verrett and Grace Bumbry at Carnegie Hall.

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Trauermarsch

I can scarcely remember a performance where so many conflicting thoughts raced through my mind as happened Thursday night during the Met Orchestra’s “bleeding chunks” of Wagner’s Ring at Carnegie Hall.

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The good, the bad and the Haydn

In a striking program at Carnegie Hall last night, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s), with guest vocalist Susan Graham, brought together a wide array of musical proclivities—good and good bad taste alike.

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