David Fox

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
After the parade After the parade

Dolly definitely did not have me at Hello!

on February 22, 2020 at 9:59 AM
Favorite things Favorite things

Donizetti’s La Favorite remains a relative rarity in the repertoire, especially in the original French version.

on February 19, 2020 at 12:12 PM
Songs of mirth and triumph sing Songs of mirth and triumph sing

Pretty is its own reward.

on February 06, 2020 at 1:23 PM
Brimming with life Brimming with life

I’ve heard starrier performances, but none that made a more powerful case for this masterwork.

on February 04, 2020 at 9:00 AM
Diary of the dead Diary of the dead

Joyce DiDonato’s take on Winterreise is a conceptual misstep that, song after song, frustratingly dilutes and distracts from an often rewarding musical performance.

on December 12, 2019 at 10:56 AM
Moods for moderns Moods for moderns

Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin, always with a gift for gab, is ever more loquacious in concerts, often talking directly to the audience.

on November 25, 2019 at 4:46 PM
Maid love Maid love

The Berta (mezzo-soprano Emily Damasco) runs away with the show.

on November 25, 2019 at 8:30 AM
Reform follows function Reform follows function

Love in Hate Nation is a little musical that could and can… and I sure as hell hope it does!

on November 18, 2019 at 4:34 PM
The opposite of sex The opposite of sex

Since 1934, Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts has been preparing emerging artists for operatic careers.

on November 14, 2019 at 3:21 PM
The Philadelphia stories The Philadelphia stories

As we also saw last year, Festival O19 ended on a sweetly quiet note, movingly connecting Opera Philadelphia with the larger city and our musical future.

on September 30, 2019 at 9:00 AM
And when I die And when I die

For the academics who may be reading this: Let Me Die exists in a confounding but intriguing interpretive liminal space.

on September 23, 2019 at 10:38 AM
Total ellipse Total ellipse

Employing the most slimly elegant resources, Festival O’s Denis & Katya is a monumental, dramatically shattering event.  

on September 21, 2019 at 5:22 PM