Cameron Kelsall

Still glowin’, still crowin’, still goin’ strong Still glowin’, still crowin’, still goin’ strong

Matthew Polenzani returned triumphantly to his comfort zone in a Philadelphia Chamber Music Society recital on April 2.

on April 03, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Character is destiny Character is destiny

La forza del destino concluded its run at the Metropolitan Opera with a significant cast change.

on March 26, 2024 at 9:00 AM
If on a winter’s night a traveler If on a winter’s night a traveler

The tragic speaker of Schubert’s Winterreise makes his fateful journey but once, yet some singers cannot help trodding the path again and again.

on March 19, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Have a napkin, have a chopstick, have a chair Have a napkin, have a chopstick, have a chair

From a musical perspective, the evening came together admirably. As a work of theater, though, it was as stale as last week’s takeout.

on March 04, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Don’t you forget about me Don’t you forget about me

It seemed like such a great idea on paper.

on February 08, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Singing for herself and the boys in the band Singing for herself and the boys in the band

Boston Symphony Orchestra recently confirmed an infinitely renewable contract upon Andris Nelsons, its music director since 2014. To understand why, one needed little more evidence than the outfit’s recent visit to Carnegie Hall.

on February 01, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Not with a bang Not with a bang

When the Staatskapelle Berlin announced a two-night engagement at Carnegie Hall performing all four Brahms symphonies, I immediately made a note in my calendar to attend. I also wondered who would be the conductor when the announced Daniel Barenboim inevitably withdrew.

on December 07, 2023 at 10:00 AM
Harmonic minor Harmonic minor

It took more than 25 years for Harmony, the passion project of singer-songwriter Barry Manilow, to reach Broadway, where it opened recently at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

on November 22, 2023 at 9:00 AM
Mälkki way Mälkki way

When the New York Philharmonic announced Gustavo Dudamel as its next music director earlier this year, speculation arose immediately as to who would take his place out West when he leaves the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2026.

on November 06, 2023 at 9:00 AM
Lombarding along Lombarding along

In Handel’s Rodelinda, a usurped monarch, believed dead, returns to avenge his deposition and reclaim the woman he loves.

on October 25, 2023 at 9:00 AM
Let’s get serious Let’s get serious

Renée Fleming arrived at Carnegie Hall on May 31 with something to prove.

on June 02, 2023 at 10:01 AM
Die Frist ist Glum Die Frist ist Glum

This Holländer offers neither a clear narrative vision for the work nor a sense of turbocharged drama; it simply sits on the Met’s cavernous stage as a dull gray mass.

on May 31, 2023 at 10:00 AM
Pianist envy Pianist envy

How do you remember Oscar Levant?

on April 27, 2023 at 12:16 PM
A hole new world A hole new world

Here’s an update for those keeping up with the Lohengrin casting sweepstakes at the Met.

on March 29, 2023 at 12:00 PM
The queens’ gambit The queens’ gambit

The sharp and glitzy national tour production of Six doesn’t suffer from a sense of staleness due to familiarity.

on March 27, 2023 at 11:54 AM
Citizen of the world Citizen of the world

Mezzo-soprano Fleur Barron showed herself unafraid to move the expectations of classical music forward, linguistically, thematically, and culturally.

on March 16, 2023 at 11:20 AM
Distinct and different Distinct and different

The Vienna Philharmonic brought along no star soloist for their three-night residency at Carnegie Hall this past weekend. Their programs didn’t include any commissions or flashy new works. The repertoire choices hewed closely to the core Austro-German corpus for which they are justly famous, including multiple works they had given in their world premieres.

on March 06, 2023 at 10:28 AM
Going ‘South’ Going ‘South’

Cotton, a world-premiere song cycle commissioned by Philadelphia’s Lyric Fest, takes its audience on a journey through Black American history that extends from the Deep South to the contemporary urban landscape.

on February 27, 2023 at 9:15 AM
Witch side are you on? Witch side are you on?

A main theme in Becky Nurse of Salem is how history is distorted by those who get to tell it.

on December 13, 2022 at 10:39 AM
All quirk and no play All quirk and no play

Perhaps the quirkiest of Mahler’s nine symphonies, the Fourth fits nicely with Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s somewhat idiosyncratic style.

on December 12, 2022 at 11:01 AM
So far away So far away

As the focal point of the The Far Country, Eric Yang anchors the production with a cool steadiness that only occasionally betrays a sense of urgency beneath his patient countenance.

on December 06, 2022 at 6:10 PM
Love, loss and what she wore Love, loss and what she wore

Sondra Radvanovsky eschewed the customary stuffiness of the recital format, often speaking directly to the audience and putting her selections in a highly personal context.

on November 17, 2022 at 8:11 AM
Remember in November Remember in November

Trouble was afoot from the first selection onward.

on November 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM
Spark plug Spark plug

Countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen‘s star is surely on the rise.

on November 09, 2022 at 11:01 AM