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David Fox

Trial by Korngold

What is the best metaphor for this year’s Bard Music Festival, prepared under the caring, curatorial, and sometimes didactic gaze of co-Artistic Directors Leon Botstein (the College’s President of more than 40 years, as well as music director and principal conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra) and Christopher H. Gibbs (the James Ottoway Professor of Music)? Read more »

A grandeur night for singing

Die Zauberflöte is an opera!”  “No, it’s the first musical comedy!” “Stop!—You’re both right! Die Zauberflöteis an opera and a musical comedy!” Read more »

Maid in America

Joan (soprano Elana Gleason) and Lionel (baritone Powell Brumm)

The second summer session of the Russian Opera Workshop concludes this week with concert performances of Tchaikovsky’s Maid of Orleans. The program is led by Ghenady Meirson, a prominent vocal coach at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute and Academy of Vocal Arts. (The latter’s grand Rittenhouse Square digs serve as the campus.) Read more »

Sweeping down the plains

Within minutes, something wonderful happened. None of my reservations mattered.

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From Russia with love

Under any circumstances, the Russian Opera Workshop’s radiant concert performance of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta would have been an event to celebrate.

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A little ‘Nixon’ goes a long way

The Princeton Festival has long been a “Little Engine that Could,” but the current operatic offering, John Adams’ Nixon in China, is a good deal more than that.

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Lenny thing goes

With the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Candide, they saved the best (of all possible worlds) for last.

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Bolder sister

Brigitte Fassbaender‘s sound is piquant and, I’d hazard to guess, instantly recognizable to anyone familiar with her work.

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