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David Fox

From Russia with love

Martin Luther Clark and Samantha Long in Iolanta.

Martin Luther Clark and Samantha Long in Iolanta.

Under any circumstances, the Russian Opera Workshop’s radiant concert performance of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta would have been an event to celebrate. But coming at the conclusion of an intensive summer program of study, where more than 20 very promising young singers gained a new level of expertise and performance savvy—well, that makes it all the more special. Read more »

A little ‘Nixon’ goes a long way

First of all—bravo to the Princeton Festival! Now celebrating its 15th season, this team effort 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. Read more »

Lenny thing goes

They saved the best (of all possible worlds) for last. Read more »

Bolder sister

I heard Brigitte Fassbaender live only twice—in 1985, as Octavian in a San Francisco Opera Der Rosenkavalier, and in 1994, at her recital of Wolf’s Mörike Lieder at Alice Tully Hall. But more than a decade earlier, through recordings, I’d already fallen in love with her voice and artistry. Read more »

Star-crossed

For more than 40 years, the magnificent opening image from Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites has served as an icon for the Met.

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Nothing’s gonna charm you

Even the hit songs in this early Jule Styne musical would recede in a better show.

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Riding on empty

Two atmospheric but bleak works provide a musical illustration of the notion that misery loves company. 

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All she has to do is dream

In the most hectic and sometimes marvelous year of theater I’ve had in memory, Lady in the Dark at MasterVoices this weekend thrilled me most.

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