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Tippett's Midsummer Marriage in concert

One of the great disappointments created by last year's mid-season demise of Opera Boston was that Boston wouldn't get its first viewing of Sir Michael Tippett's 1955 The Midsummer Marriage.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 07, 2012


Boston Lyric Opera's Madama Butterfly

"Were you bored?" I overheard a woman walking up the aisle say to her companion. "No," he answered, "I loved it." "Are you sure?" she replied.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 07, 2012


Dutoit at the BSO, plus the Pacifica Quartet

Swiss conductor Charles Dutoit, a visitor to the Boston Symphony for more than three decades, was back for two of his three guest appearances this season (he'll return in January).
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 02, 2012


Boston Baroque’s Partenope, plus Discovery Ensemble

Martin Pearlman's Boston Baroque, "America's First Period-Instrument Orchestra," kicked off its new season at Jordan Hall with what is probably the first Boston performance of a work from the height of Handel's career.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 25, 2012


Vladimir Jurowski sets the BSO on fire

Vladimir Jurowski has bigger and better credentials than most of the contenders for the next BSO directorship. Did he strike sparks?
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 18, 2012


Bell and Lehninger at the BSO

The young Brazilian conductor Marcelo Lehninger has been one of the brighter lights among recent Boston Symphony Orchestra assistant conductors, and it's good to report that his appointment has been renewed for a (rare) third year.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 12, 2012


Boston Musica Viva's ''Breakthroughs''

Richard Pittman's Boston Musica Viva's delightful season-opening program at the Tsai Center on September 28 included world premieres by three composers who weren't born yet when BMV began 44 years ago.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 09, 2012


Review: 'The Harry Partch Legacy' and the BSO season openers

At Symphony Hall, with its legendary warm and natural acoustics, the amplification created a distorted, directionless sound for the singers of Porgy and Bess .
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 03, 2012


Intermezzo's 'Diva Monologues'

John Whittlesey's feisty little Intermezzo chamber opera series has just entered its 10th season.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 25, 2012

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Autumn's classical events

Adès time
The Boston Symphony Orchestra still has no music director, and has suffered for that absence.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 19, 2012


Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music: Part II

What's new
Oliver ("Olly") Knussen, who recently turned 60, has been a previous co-director of the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music (FCM) and in other years an active participant (in 2008, for example, he came to the rescue of the centennial tribute to Elliott Carter that James Levine planned but couldn't play a part in).
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  August 15, 2012


The Festival of Contemporary Music opens at Tanglewood

Old (and young) masters  
Tanglewood's annual Festival of Contemporary Music , directed this year by the British composer/conductor and three-time Tanglewood Fellow Oliver Knussen, got off to a terrific start.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  August 16, 2012


Merce Cunningham at the ICA

American angels  
When Merce Cunningham started his dance company in 1953, he was a major new force in American Art.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  July 27, 2012


Boston Midsummer Opera's Don Pasquale

Hearing vs. seeing
This year's Boston Midsummer Opera (at the Tsai Center through July 29) is Donizetti's very late (the 64th of his 66 operas) Don Pasquale , a musically inspired and humanly endearing bel canto comedy about the indiscretion of old age and the cruelty of youth.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  July 26, 2012


Admirable Nelsons; plus, Mark Morris

A leading contender excels at Tanglewood  
At a top ticket price of $2500 (including a gourmet dinner), the gala concert celebrating the 75th anniversary of Tanglewood grossed a cool $1.42 million.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  July 18, 2012


Chopin symposium at the Rivers School

The Rivers School Conservatory in Weston mounted an ambitious three-day Chopin symposium last weekend featuring lectures and performances by faculty members, former faculty members, and distinguished guests.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  June 20, 2012


Chorus pro Musica's Hadyn Creation

Let There Be Words
Haydn cared about words.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  June 05, 2012


BMOP and Mark Morris

Classical classics
As the Globe 's Jeremy Eichler pointed out in his review of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project's season-ending concert — called "Apollo's Fire" — referring to the program note by the BSO's Assistant Director of Program Publications Robert Kirzinger, the term "classical music" has become so all-inclusive that it doesn't have much at all to do with ancient "classical" art.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  May 31, 2012


Very live at the Met

Higher definition
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a piece about the Met in HD, the low-cost screenings of live Metropolitan Opera productions in movie theaters around the world.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  May 21, 2012


Haitink and the BSO, Zander and the BPO, the Emerson Quartet, the Vores Violin Concerto, and Donald Teeters’s farewell to Boston Cecilia

Plugged in
Sometimes you know it the minute you hear it, sometimes it takes a while, sometimes it never happens at all.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  May 08, 2012


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

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