Cameron Kelsall

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
It’s going to cost you It’s going to cost you

Cost of Living, the Pulitzer Prize–winning play by Martyna Majok now on Broadway, overflows with complexity. It begins with the title.

on October 10, 2022 at 1:23 PM
Talking about a revolution Talking about a revolution

People turn up at a cancer hospital on the worst day of their lives. In I’m Revolting, a moving and often unsettling world premiere from Atlantic Theatre Company, playwright Gracie Gardner dissects the fears and motivations of patients and their caregivers with surgical precision.

on October 05, 2022 at 9:00 PM
Mouths to be kissed Mouths to be kissed

The smile for the fools is especially broad this summer in the Berkshires, where a charming revival of A Little Night Music opened recently at Barrington Stage Company.

on August 16, 2022 at 12:01 PM
Summertime lies Summertime lies

A trip to Mediterranean climes came through musically, as the Boston Symphony Orchestra presented a largely satisfying concert performance of Don Giovanni on July 16.

on July 19, 2022 at 11:35 AM
Sweet and sour Sweet and sour

People’s Light deserves commendation for resurfacing The Vinegar Tree, and there’s satisfaction in seeing a fine old play handled with care.

on July 05, 2022 at 8:00 AM
Diamond Lillias Diamond Lillias

Lillias White keeps herself busy.

on November 18, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Joust in time Joust in time

Zachary James builds on his early career experience as a musical theater performer to deliver a thoughtfully crafted, blessedly restrained Quixote/Cervantes.

on July 09, 2021 at 1:00 PM
Her kind of woman Her kind of woman

Plucked from obscurity by Howard Hughes and sold to the public as a buxom, brunette heir apparent to his former protégé, Jean Harlow, Jane Russell became a household name before she ever shot a single reel of film.

on June 24, 2021 at 12:00 PM
We’ll always have Paris We’ll always have Paris

If you missed Amour during its Broadway premiere 19 years ago, you’re not alone.

on April 03, 2021 at 1:53 PM
Halfway to heaven Halfway to heaven

All in all, Mahler’s ethereal evocation of the natural world, and the world beyond our own, is becoming old hat.

on December 04, 2020 at 2:50 PM
Something close to cultishness Something close to cultishness

Over the course of 700 pages, Alex Ross exhaustively—and sometimes exhaustingly—examines an impact that began in the Wagner’s own lifetime and continues unbroken today, with references cropping up in contemporary works as different as The Matrix and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

on September 14, 2020 at 1:18 PM
All out of love All out of love

The success of Porgy and Bess at the Met forced bass-baritone Eric Owens, the newly installed director of vocal studies at the Curtis Institute, to cancel a long-planned afternoon recital at the school on February 16.

on February 17, 2020 at 12:18 PM
For unto us a child is born For unto us a child is born

Each year, when I take in a performance of Messiah by the Philadelphia Orchestra as part of my own holiday tradition, I hope it will spark some new and exciting feeling inside of me, or offer a new way of looking at the musical drama as a whole.

on December 23, 2019 at 8:41 AM
Speaking to a missed opportunity Speaking to a missed opportunity

Greater Clements provokes more genuine poignancy than the whole of The Inheritance in half the running time. There’s hardly a moment that isn’t painfully true to life.

on December 17, 2019 at 12:45 PM
You better shop around You better shop around

Little Shop of Horrors loses its necessary edge when it’s wrested from the gritty world of its creation.

on October 17, 2019 at 9:00 PM
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