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The Metropolitan Opera live telecasts

High art in high definition
Given the high cost of productions and, therefore, the high price of tickets, opera companies have a hard time staying in business.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  May 08, 2012


Emmanuel’s late Mozart, NEC’s early Britten, BSO guest conductors, and Boston Lyric Opera’s The Inspector

Plus, Boston Conservatory’s The Apple Tree , Charles Strouse at Longy, and Helen Grime at the Gardner
By an odd coincidence, two recent events included two of Boston's best-loved singers in non-singing roles, artists who've been teamed in some of Boston's most memorable opera productions: baritone James Maddalena and soprano Susan Larson, essential members of the great Peter Sellars/Craig Smith stock company.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 24, 2012


NEC brings back Leon Kirchner’s Lily

Making a comeback
Leon Kirchner's Lily, wasn't the only opera to have a disastrous premiere (some now-indispensable Verdi and Puccini were opening-night failures).
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 04, 2012


Winsor Music, Schubertiade, BSO guest conductors, and the Handel and Haydn Society’s St. Matthew Passion

Thinking big
As the BSO season continues without a music director, each new conducting debutante (according to Webster's, usually refers to a woman) raises the larger question of who Boston's next major music director will be.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 04, 2012


BLO’s Barber of Seville; plus Eschenbach leads the BSO, Boston Baroque’s Mozart, and the Yiddish songs of Lazar Weiner

Cutting it close
In his program note for the Boston Lyric Opera production of Rossini's effervescent The Barber of Seville (Shubert Theatre, through March 18), music director David Angus asks us to listen extra carefully to this irresistible score, however familiar it may be.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 13, 2012


Eroicism: Emmanuel Music, NEC's Offenbach, Primary Source, Lunatics at Large

Plus guest conductors at the Handel and Haydn Society and the BSO, and Benjamin Zander with the Boston Philharmonic
What an amazing array of music we've had lately.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 01, 2012


A toothsome classical concert season

Getting serious
This past winter, gossip seems to have risen to the surface of our musical life like the foam on chicken soup.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 28, 2012


BLO illuminates Peter Maxwell Davies’s The Lighthouse

Beams of light and fright
What better place for an opera set mostly at a lighthouse than in a room with a vast curved window looking out onto Boston Harbor?
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 10, 2012


Vive la France

French music at the BSO; French opera at Boston Conservatory; plus, Peter Wispelwey, Judith Gordon, Russell Sherman and Frank Kelley, and Collage New Music
French music is tricky. It has an unmistakable accent, inflection, scent.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 08, 2012

Hello Helios opera

Helios Early Opera's Charpentier; plus, the BSO's Mendelssohn Lobgesang

Hello, Helios!
There's a new group in town doing Baroque opera — not an easy ambition.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 01, 2012


Some good musical news in troubled musical times

Pain and pleasure
What a turbulent time we've been having in Boston's musical life.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 26, 2012


Opera Boston shuts down

Fat Lady Sings Dept.
Fat Lady Sings Dept.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 30, 2011


Shuffling conductors at the BSO, and 10 concerts you should hear

Musical chairs
There's lots of music to look forward to as we approach the end of winter.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 30, 2011


2011: A very mixed year for classical music in Boston

Valedictions and salutations
Classical news good and bad.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 21, 2011


The delights of Three Pianos at the A.R.T.

Three guys who love Schubert
Three guys. Not singers, but they sing. Not pianists, but they play the piano.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 13, 2011


Ludovic Morlot's second week with the BSO; plus, Boston Early Music Festival's Charpentier

In his second week with the BSO, Ludovic Morlot led another stunning program originally designed for James Levine.  
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 29, 2011


Revisiting Nixon in China

Grand Opera and Anti-Opera
To celebrate the forthcoming 25th anniversary of the opera Nixon in China , its three creators gathered last Tuesday afternoon on the stage of Harvard's Loeb Drama Center (home of the A.R.T.) to discuss their landmark opus.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 22, 2011


Ludovic Morlot at the BSO; Philippe Jaroussky with Apollo's Fire

Morlot's fire  
Former BSO assistant conductor Ludovic Morlot has returned for two programs planned by and for former music director James Levine.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 21, 2011


Boston Lyric Opera opens with Verdi's Macbeth

Double double
There's too much tinkering here with Verdi's first serious attempt to capture Shakespeare.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 15, 2011


Review: George Li, plus Gidon Kremer and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos with the BSO

Lightness of being
Sixteen-year-old Boston pianist George Li is prodigious in more than one way. He's not merely a technical wizard, but a thoughtful and serious musician.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 02, 2011

opera list2

Opera Boston's Béatrice et Bénédict, plus Masur at the BSO, Boston Baroque's Creation, and Andréas Scholl

Merry war
Opera Boston began its season of relative rarities (two of them based on Shakespeare) with Berlioz's enchanting last opera, Béatrice et Bénédict, centered around the two most compelling characters in Much Ado About Nothing — witty antagonists who, in their "merry war," renounce love, until they are forced to admit they love each other.    
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 27, 2011

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