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Just add magic

Heretofore I’d avoided the Met’s abridged, English-language holiday presentations but I couldn’t resist The Magic Flute Wednesday evening with Erin Morley and Ben Bliss being menaced by Kathryn Lewek in probably the last go-around for Julie Taymor’s popular production.  Read more »

Emmanuel labor

Yannick Nézet-Séguin “scored particular points in presenting Messiah as a cohesive dramatic arc.”

Philadelphia is a city famous for its musical institutions—so, of course, at this time of year Messiah performances abound. I’m a hardcore fan, and I try to go at least once. This season, I made it to two, at different ends of the institutional spectrum.  Read more »

Frick show

With little fanfare the French early music group Ensemble Correspondances made its US debut nine days ago and then reappeared on Sunday for what turned out to be two of the year’s very best concerts.  Read more »

Lion, tamer

At Friday’s opening of Otello, there was a good deal of interesting going on, though not all of it necessarily onstage.

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Alzare le spalle

“Non mi dispiace” seemed to be the general consensus in the loggione December 7 when Verdi’s Attila came roaring into La Scala to open the 2018-19 season.

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Three more times!

The long evening didn’t achieve the degree of celebration it should have.

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Made in the shade

Here’s a quick sprint through some recent (and a few maybe not-so-very-recent) Handel CDs that have been stacking up. 

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Not the Messiah

Four fine Handel-centric concerts from the Morgan Library to Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center proved a bracing antidote to pervasive Messiah-mania.

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