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David Fox

Close ‘Call’

In 1995, Encores! Musicals in Concert programmed Irving Berlin’s Call Me Madam as the first show of their second season. Nearly 25 years later, they brought it back to honor the 75th birthday of their home theater, New York City Center.  Read more »

What’s done cannot be Undine

Academy of Vocal Arts’ Rusalka—surprisingly, only their second venture in many years into the Slavic repertoire—left a divided impression. As an opportunity to hear promising young artists, always the key mission at AVA, it made its mark with several distinguished performances. As a production of a wonderful but difficult opera, it was a misfire.  Read more »

Lenny and God

First, the takeaway: Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s “Music of Faith” with the Philadelphia Orchestra was a sensational concert, perhaps the best I’ve heard in more than a season. Intriguingly juxtaposing two similar-but-very-different works composed 120 years apart—Bernstein’s Symphony No. 3 (Kaddish) and Rossini’s Stabat Mater—the maestro and his excellent collaborators were in tip-top form.  Read more »

Romance holiday

Russian repertoire figures very centrally in AVA’s mission.

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Emmanuel labor

Philadelphia is a city famous for its musical institutions—so, of course, at this time of year Messiah performances abound.

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Razors, edge

Curtis Opera ventured Sweeney Todd.

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Tales of the unexpected

In the Academy of Vocal Arts’s (AVA) clever pairing of two Puccini works, there was every reason to expect the fix was in.

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Hello again, Gorgeous!

It’s high time we see Funny Girl through a different lens.

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