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David Fox

Touch the sky

Marietta Simpson and Frederica von Stade become each other’s past.

Opera Philadelphia’s great work begins, and it would be hard to imagine a more apt and poignant metaphor for the ambitious O18 Festival than the world premiere of Lembit Beecher and Hannah Moscovitch’s Sky on Swings.  Read more »

The sun shines nellie

With his head held high and his feet planted firm on the ground: Taylor Mac

When we last saw Taylor Mac in A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, it was exactly one week ago, and the 20th century was still looming. Part 2 begins in 1896 (in a Jewish tenement, nicely balancing “Amazing Grace,” which opened Part I), and continues to the present.  Read more »

Mac and me

You’re tearing me apart: Taylor Mac

It was, for sure, a great “get.” Not only did the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) secure Taylor Mac’s A 24-Hour Decade History of Popular Music—hereafter TM24f or simplicity—as their cornerstone event for 2018, they got the full version, which Mac has only done in a few cities and for very limited engagements.  Read more »

“Tosca,” starring the Philadelphia Orchestra

Though orchestrally lavish, this “semi-staging” delivers less theater than no staging at all.

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Bigger than usual

Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts, a top-tier advanced training program for singers launching professional careers, always sends off their artists in style.

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Medium, cool

Kurt Weill & Bertolt Brecht’s Mahagonny Singspiel, and Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Medium—are not only combined, but configured to overlap in sometimes revealing, occasionally confounding ways.

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Thank you for smoking

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

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