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Boston Lyric Opera’s latest La bohème; plus Collage’s Berio, and Markus Stenz at the BSO
With good singing, acting, and conducting, a stage director for La bohème can afford to keep out of the way, which is pretty much what Ocel does.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 06, 2007


The hottest and brightest

Rescued by music
The New England Conservatory is bringing to Symphony Hall the hottest of young conductors.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 16, 2008


Lorca without Lorca

Opera Boston’s Ainadamar, plus Ida Haendel, the BSO, and West Side Story
Is it possible for a work of art to seem both completely sincere in its intentions and at the same time counterfeit and manipulative?
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 30, 2007


Buzz words

TV’s ‘A’ star makes a bee movie
I’ve had several brushes with Jerry Seinfeld.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 31, 2007


The art of . . .

Bach at Emmanuel, Boston Baroque’s Cosí fan tutte, Kiri Te Kanawa’s farewell to Boston  
Craig Smith’s Emmanuel Music began its season with Bach, the composer it’s best known for.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 16, 2007


Opening nightmare

Good playing, bad karma at the BSO gala
It wasn’t as bad as what happened at Opening Night at the Pops last May, but it was still awful.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 10, 2007


Flying high

Kurt Weill in Stow; Ziegler and Lima sing Mahler
Cantata Singers director David Hoose must feel that Weill’s music is more timely than ever.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 26, 2007


Luciano Pavarotti, 1935–2007

Generic for tenor
Luciano Pavarotti was so famous, so beloved, he became the first classical musician since 1940s violinist Jascha Heifetz to have his name become generic.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 17, 2007


World music

The BSO goes traveling, and Berlin comes to Boston
There’s more to Boston’s classical music scene than the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 12, 2007


Beverly Sills, 1929–2007

The fun diva
Beverly Sills, the most loved American opera singer of her generation, died this past week from inoperable lung cancer at 78.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  July 11, 2007


Double or nothing

Mark Morris revives Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at Tanglewood; Cosí fan tutte on Beacon Hill
The American premiere of Dido took place here in Boston, at the Majestic Theatre in June 1989.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  July 03, 2007


Send in the clowns

Chorus pro Musica’s verismo duo; the Boston Early Music Festival; and Carousel at the Pops
Boston newcomers proved that even without scenery or traditional costumes, these operas can pack a wallop.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  June 19, 2007
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