Cameron Kelsall


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
Moody “Blue” Moody “Blue”

The Glimmerglass Festival premiered a searing examination of race, identity, and the fraught relationship between communities of color and law enforcement. Blue, with a score by Jeanine Tesori and libretto by Tazewell Thompson.

on July 15, 2019 at 11:08 AM
Leading woman Leading woman

French conductor Emmanuelle Haïm debuted with the Philadelphia Orchestra this weekend, leading performances of Handel and Purcell.

on November 21, 2018 at 11:17 AM