Cher Public

Boys of the baroque

In less than 10 days two outstanding countertenors, Franco Fagioli and Jakub Józef Orlinski, visited London, offering distinctly different approaches to the solo recital experience. Both takes were rewarding.  Read more »

Songs of disappointment

He’s the kind of gallant, broad-smiling vocalist you can easily see complimenting your mom and meaning it.

Lawrence Brownlee, star tenor of stage and NFL games, wholehearted salsa enthusiast, bringer of Autism Awareness, is a real “pillar of the community.”  Read more »

It takes a woman

A labor of reclamation.

An art song recital that gives womanhood thematic pride of place is hardly a new invention these days. But rising star soprano Julia Bullock, who graced Weill Recital Hall Friday night with a spectacular solo show alongside pianist John Arida that limned works by Schubert, Barber, Fauré, and various jazz composers, didn’t pay tribute to women so much as she exhumed them.  Read more »

Scrumptious and relatable

I had a panic attack, that’s how moved you made me.

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Intimacy

Last week, a pair of terrific recitals demonstrated what kind of intimate spell a dramatic singer can cast when left alone with a piano.

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Leah and the barihunk

At yesterday’s recital at the Morgan Library, Leah Crocetto sang as her encore Kern and Hammerstein’s “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.”

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Apparition

There was a moment during Natalie Dessay’s performance of Schubert’s “Gretchen am Spinnrade” when the singer summoned the ghost of her former self.

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Head space

The best part of Paul Appleby’s recital for the Philadelphia Chamber Society came in his last two groups.

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Light from shadow

Javier Camarena offered a performance carefully calibrated to a more intimate venue that nonetheless offered emotionally potent results.

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Blackberry winner

Washingtonians enjoyed a happy reunion this past Sunday with David Daniels.

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