David Fox

What’s done cannot be Undine 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.

on January 30, 2019 at 11:42 AM
Lenny and God Lenny and God

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.

on January 27, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Romance holiday Romance holiday

Russian repertoire figures very centrally in AVA’s mission.

on December 22, 2018 at 11:38 AM
Emmanuel labor Emmanuel labor

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

on December 18, 2018 at 2:28 PM
Razors, edge Razors, edge

Curtis Opera ventured Sweeney Todd.

on November 16, 2018 at 10:44 AM
Tales of the unexpected 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.

on November 09, 2018 at 10:56 AM
Hello again, Gorgeous! Hello again, Gorgeous!

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

on October 22, 2018 at 1:35 PM
Trouble in paradise Trouble in paradise

Although Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti is always categorized as an opera, the piece certainly has one foot planted firmly in his jazzy musical-theater style.

on October 08, 2018 at 2:14 PM
Glamour, reconceptualized Glamour, reconceptualized

Opera Philadelphia’s O18 Festival continues through the weekend, but Friday represented a finale of sorts with the last two premieres.

on September 29, 2018 at 11:15 AM
When queens preside When queens preside

“Fricka is on fucking vacation.” 

on September 26, 2018 at 10:44 AM
Dramatic A.R.C. Dramatic A.R.C.

Imagine you are at Disneyland, and there’s an Anthony Roth Costanzo ride.

on September 24, 2018 at 10:30 AM
Dark shadows Dark shadows

Those who want a rethought Lucia to allow the heroine more sense of agency will be especially confounded at Laurent Pelly’s reading.

on September 24, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Elle is other people Elle is other people

Soprano Patricia Racette is superb in La Voix Humaine, a work that she makes absolutely her own.

on September 23, 2018 at 10:52 AM
Grand tourists Grand tourists

Soprano Ashley Marie Robillard and mezzo Siena Licht Miller evoke a journey to Paris, Venice, Berlin, and London.

on September 22, 2018 at 11:15 AM
Touch the sky Touch the sky

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. 

on September 21, 2018 at 9:38 AM
The sun shines nellie The sun shines nellie

Warmth, humor, and joyful out-and-proud-ness dominate the mood, yet there is considerable darkness in Taylor Mac’s view of both past and present.

on June 11, 2018 at 11:00 AM
Mac and me Mac and me

A very particular tension—between angry political resistance and gloriously sex-positive, buoyantly confidant celebration of queerness—fuels the immense energy of Taylor Mac’s A 24-Hour Decade History of Popular Music.

on June 04, 2018 at 11:55 AM
“Tosca,” starring the Philadelphia Orchestra “Tosca,” starring the Philadelphia Orchestra

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

on May 18, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Bigger than usual 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.

on May 10, 2018 at 1:27 PM
Medium, cool 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.

on May 06, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Thank you for smoking Thank you for smoking

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

on April 28, 2018 at 11:48 AM