Cameron Kelsall

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
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
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