David Fox

I want your Rex I want your Rex

Opera Philadelphia’s return to the stage after two years was greeted by a cheering crowd who clearly would have been happy to stay longer, but as director David Devan acknowledged, this was a step in a continuing trajectory.

on January 24, 2022 at 9:30 AM
Learning how to laugh Learning how to laugh

When I think of Stephen Sondheim, so many of my memories are not simply about shows of his I loved and learned from—they are experiences that literally shaped my life.

on November 29, 2021 at 12:00 PM
Lehman’s terms Lehman’s terms

The Lehman Trilogy had me in its thrall from the moment the lights went up. It’s absolutely spellbinding. That’s not to say I endorse it wholeheartedly, though.

on October 14, 2021 at 9:45 PM
Widow’s talk Widow’s talk

Call me Mary Quite Contrary if you want, but as we finally see live performances coming back, I’m reflecting with gratitude and even some nostalgia on the way COVID quarantine forged a path for entrepreneurial performance companies to recalibrate and deliver their work through streaming platforms.

on September 24, 2021 at 9:53 AM
Awaiting faith Awaiting faith

Faith. The title of this fourth and final chapter of Adam Guettel’s Myths and Hymns made me pause for reflection.

on May 30, 2021 at 1:56 PM
Ghena Meirson 1957-2021 Ghena Meirson 1957-2021

April is the cruelest month, the song tells us—but this year, it was a week later. Ghenady Meirson, Philadelphia’s master of Russian Opera and coach extraordinaire, died on May 8.

on May 11, 2021 at 11:26 AM
Myth me blind Myth me blind

“Spring has sprung,” announces MasterVoices’ director Ted Sperling with a smile at the beginning of Part III. And indeed, even the doomsayers among us (and I count myself one) can’t help but feel signs of cautious optimism, as the world we knew slowly but noticeably begins to re-emerge.

on April 23, 2021 at 4:07 PM
Stopping by Philly on a snowy evening Stopping by Philly on a snowy evening

As I don’t need to remind you, we are fast approaching the one-year anniversary of COVID quarantine—and for the arts, it remains a scenario of giveth and taketh away.

on February 08, 2021 at 11:47 AM
One little soldier One little soldier

Take it as a high compliment to the harrowing, riveting Soldier Songs that I was grateful it lasted only one hour. My nerves couldn’t have handled more.

on January 23, 2021 at 3:49 PM
Learning to fly Learning to fly

Conceived by Adam Guettel as a song cycle that explores human relationships to the gods across the span of history into today, Myths and Hymns has been seen and heard in concert and staged settings, and some of the individual songs are often performed in cabaret.

on January 17, 2021 at 2:01 PM
Call of the wild Call of the wild

Call Out is an ample demonstration of Zachary James’ many talents—and an inspiring example of the artistic light that can be generated even when our theaters are temporarily dark.

on January 13, 2021 at 3:28 PM
Jamie & Julia Jamie & Julia

As Julia Child, Jamie Barton is clearly having the time of her life.

on January 09, 2021 at 2:08 PM
Philadelphia stories Philadelphia stories

Has anything positive happened to the performing arts since the plague engulfed us nearly ten months ago?

on December 02, 2020 at 2:55 PM
Friend me a tenor Friend me a tenor

A particularly heartbreaking aspect of the pandemic shutdown has, of course, been helplessly watching rising artists have their careers plunged into indefinite silence. But for a few bold souls who are willing to try new things, the moment has also opened doors.

on October 26, 2020 at 2:52 PM
Dormant spring Dormant spring

AVA met the challenge with a delightful, if necessarily truncated, video recital that allowed each singer to participate in the now-familiar Zoom platform.

on May 23, 2020 at 1:37 PM
Coming out, operatically Coming out, operatically

Somewhere in all of this, I decided it was time to try Callas.

on April 16, 2020 at 12:56 PM
Utterly bewitching Utterly bewitching

Who could doubt that Leontyne Price contains multitudes?

on April 02, 2020 at 3:45 PM
Vier Letzte Lieder Vier Letzte Lieder

My introduction to the work was the Angel LP from 1964 with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and George Szell… and yes, I’m aware that it’s a performance that tends to divide rooms.

on March 24, 2020 at 5:11 PM
(Not) getting reviewed today (Not) getting reviewed today

Today is Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday, and it’s not going as planned.

on March 22, 2020 at 9:00 AM
Die Hochzeit des Figaro Die Hochzeit des Figaro

It was love at first hearing. The music was glorious, the conducting bouncy and pointed, and the singers sure sounded terrific to me.

on March 20, 2020 at 3:19 PM
Ella Sings Rodgers and Hart and Cole Porter Ella Sings Rodgers and Hart and Cole Porter

If you want to be sophisticated, drink a cocktail while listening to this particular record.

on March 17, 2020 at 2:04 PM
Amelita Galli-Curci Amelita Galli-Curci

Records will save us.

on March 16, 2020 at 4:02 PM
Out of the Blue Out of the Blue

Bess is clearly Angel Blue’s part—set in the richest and most shimmering upper middle portion of her voice, and optimally suited to her persona.

on March 07, 2020 at 12:10 PM
Look what happened to “Mabel” Look what happened to “Mabel”

Time heals almost everything, as Jerry Herman’s best score is stylishly resurrected.

on February 25, 2020 at 2:44 PM
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