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French kiss

What we don't get in Boston
Productions I attended at the Opéra and Opéra Comique would be rare in New York, let alone Boston — though some of the performers would be familiar.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  July 10, 2009

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Interview: Keith Lockhart

America's bandleader prepares for another Fourth
"There's always some set of events, positive or negative, that color the lens that people see the Fourth of July through."
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  July 06, 2009

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BSO announces layoffs

Boston Symphony Orchestra blames tanking economy for five-percent staff reduction  
Another painful day for the culture industry.
By: CARLY CARIOLI  |  June 23, 2009

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Springer vs. Nero!

Monteverdi's Poppea opens the Boston Early Music Festival, plus the Cantata Singers, the Discovery Ensemble, and Barbara Cook at the Pops
Two opera productions overlapping at the Calderwood Pavilion exploit exploitation.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  June 10, 2009

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Interview: Paul O'Dette and Stephen Stubbs

The BEMF does Poppea
"Opera fans have often puzzled over the fact that Poppea  does not appear to have a character the audience wants to root for, since everyone has seriously objectionable traits."
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 27, 2009

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Here comes the bride

Opera Boston's Smetana, the BSO's Berlioz, and Dawn Upshaw
It's been a long time since Bostonians had the chance to see the most popular Czech opera, Bedrich Smetana's The Bartered Bride , but Opera Boston followed its electrifying run of Shostakovich's The Nose with this tuneful folk opera and gave it a sweet and very likable production.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  May 12, 2009



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Slideshow: Don Giovanni at Boston Lyric Opera

Don Giovanni at Boston Lyric Opera
Boston Lyric Opera presents Don Giovanni
By: T. CHARLES ERICKSON  |  April 29, 2009

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A little history

Yehudi Wyner and John Harbison, Susanna Mälkki with the BSO, Natalia Gutman with the BPO, and BLO's Don Giovanni
Two of Boston's most admired and honored composers (both Pulitzer winners) have just celebrated landmark birthdays: Yehudi Wyner his 80th and John Harbison his 70th.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 28, 2009

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Home cooking

The National Philharmonic of Russia at Symphony Hall
If the name "National Philharmonic of Russia" puts you in mind of some provincial Slavic ensemble making the American rounds, you're not alone.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 23, 2009

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Diva-gations

Mark Wigglesworth conducts the BSO; Renée Fleming returns to Symphony Hall
Last week's Boston Symphony concert was a snaggle of contradictions. British guest conductor Mark Wigglesworth was substituting for the exciting but erratic Russian maestro Yuri Termirkanov, who'd cancelled all his American appearances.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 21, 2009

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Center of gravity

Shi-Yeon Sung and Nelson Freire at the BSO; plus the Schubertiade Music Players and Emmanuel's St. Matthew Passion
If all those young people at last Thursday's BSO concert didn't leave Symphony Hall feeling excited about classical music and eager to come back, then classical music is in even more trouble than I thought.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 14, 2009



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Loved these but not those

Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit, Murray Perahia, Ian Bostridge
Of the great international orchestras, perhaps the one that's most unfairly overlooked is the London Symphony Orchestra. Yet a handful of the very greatest orchestral performances I've ever heard have been with the LSO.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 08, 2009

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Mad love

John Harbison's Winter's Tale, Dvorák's Rusalka, Hans Graf with the BSO, Mark Morris's music
The destructive power of jealousy makes a good subject for opera.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 24, 2009

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Slideshow: BLO's Rusalka

Boston Lyric Opera performs Rusalka at the Shubert Theatre on March 31, 2009  
Photos of the Boston Lyric Opera's Rusalka at the Shubert Theatre
By: JEFFREY DUNN  |  March 24, 2009

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Contertizing

From Don Giovanni’s hell to Haydn’s Creation
Boston Lyric Opera follows up Dvorák’s moonstruck Rusalka, with Christopher Schaldebrand in the title role of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, the BSO and much more.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 20, 2009

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Resurrections

The BPO celebrates its 30th, and the Cantata Singers continue their Britten year
Back in pre-history (1964), a brilliant young Brit, a cellist (student of Benjamin Britten) and conductor, came to town and shook up the local classical-music scene.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 19, 2009



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Pilgrimage

Alan Gilbert with the BSO, plus Collage New Music, Boston Baroque, and Teatro Lirico d'Europa
Charles Ives's Fourth Symphony is a stunner. And Boston Symphony Orchestra guest conductor Alan Gilbert, the New York Philharmonic's music director designate led a stunning performance.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 17, 2009

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Schnozzola!

Opera Boston doesn't blow The Nose — plus Yannick Nézet-Séguin's BSO debut and the return of Lang Lang
By the time you read this, you've either seen or missed one of Boston's most exciting opera productions, Opera Boston's brilliant version of Shostakovich's The Nose .
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 05, 2009

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Beloved of God

Levine's Mozart with the BSO, plus Gabriela Montero and Benjamin Zander with the Boston Philharmonic
One of my most profound musical experiences took place when I was still a graduate student.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 26, 2009

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Noble melody

James Levine brings us Verdi's Simon Boccanegra ; plus Christian Tetzlaff and Leif Ove Andsnes
For the first time since James Levine became music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, this acclaimed Verdi specialist conducted the BSO in a Verdi opera.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 03, 2009

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Anniversaries and other occasions

Masur's Mendelssohn, Orfeos from Norrington and Levine, the Discovery Ensemble, and the Inauguration 'performance'
Anniversaries, however fabricated, can still be useful. This year commemorates the 200th birthday of Felix Mendelssohn, the 150th birthday of Victor Herbert (both recently celebrated with intensive "orgies" on WHRB), the 200th anniversary of Haydn's death, and the 250th anniversary of Handel's death.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 27, 2009


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