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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

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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


Yo-Yo Ma at the BSO, Gidon Kremer at Longy, Ilya Kaler with the Boston Philharmonic

Stringing along
For a moment, it seemed as if the Boston Symphony Orchestra was back in its full ripeness.
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 19, 2011


Anne-Sophie Mutter, Susan Davenny Wyner, and Courtney Lewis

Popularity contest
The season-opening concerts I've been going to have made me think about two kinds of musicians: those whose performances become transparent, who allow the listener into the heart of the music; and those for whom their own abilities — technical marvels — seem an end, not a means to a higher end.
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 06, 2011


Huntington's Candide hits more than just the high notes

How could a musical with a dazzling score and a perfect cast have been such a dismal flop on Broadway?
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 05, 2011


Guerilla Opera's Loose, Wet, Perforated

Australian born, Harvard-educated Nicholas Vines is a compellingly original composer, and his new Loose, Wet, Perforated (through September 25) is full of fascinating music.
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 20, 2011


The 10 can’t-miss classical concerts of 2011

From Boston Baroque to the Discovery Ensemble: More classical concerts than you’ll know what to do with
Here are 10 classical events I'm particularly eager to hear--just the tips of our many musical icebergs.
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 03, 2011


Boston Midsummer Opera's The Italian Girl in Algiers

Dream Girl ?
This year Drew Minter and BMO gave us the young Rossini's The Italian Girl in Algiers , composed when he was 21 (it was his 11th opera!). It's an energetic comedy about a wily young woman who outwits the warlord who wants to add her to his harem.
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  August 02, 2011

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BOC's delightful Falstaff and Michael Endres playing Schubert at Newport

The essence of youth
Boston Opera Collaborative is, in its own words, "a non-profit membership organization dedicated to providing opportunities for emerging artists." Its members share in both the artistic and administrative work. Now in its sixth year, it has created a stir.
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  July 25, 2011

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The BSO opens its summer home without Levine, but with Mark Morris & Yo-Yo Ma

Tanglewood report
It was especially sad that Levine, who cancelled his entire Tanglewood season and then resigned as BSO music director as of September (he just underwent another major surgery on his spine), couldn't lead this particular program.
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  August 10, 2011

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Three pianists, and some impressive chamber music

Three remarkable pianists who couldn't be more different from one another have made some major appearances in the past few weeks.    
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  June 29, 2011

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Steffani's Niobe opens the Boston Early Music Festival; plus, Richard Conrad's farewell

Coming of age
This is the Baroque opera production I've been waiting for.  
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  June 16, 2011

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Boston Baroque's Rameau, Opera Boston's Donizetti, BSO's Berlioz, the Met's new Walküre

Something old, something new
As the season wound down, one of the most applauded concerts was Boston Baroque's semi-staged version of Jean-Philippe Rameau's early 18th-century extravaganza, the "opéra-ballet" Les Indes galantes (roughly, "The Romantic Indies").
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  May 25, 2011

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BLO does Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream

 plus Dawn Upshaw, Natalia Gutman with the BPO, and Simon Trpceski at the BSO
After last season's The Turn of the Screw, Boston Lyric Opera has returned to Benjamin Britten with A Midsummer Night's Dream, an adaptation of Shakespeare (at the Shubert Theatre through May 10).  
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  May 11, 2011

RAKE list

St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Dubravka Tomsic, and Emmanuel's Rake, plus BSO visiting conductors

No substitutions
Three recent musical high points in Boston actually went on as originally announced: no changes, no cancellations, and nothing to do with James Levine, who had his own triumphs out of town, leading Berg's Wozzeck at the Met and a concert with the Met Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.  
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 26, 2011

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Adès, Tetzlaff, and Kissin at the BSO; Matthew Polenzani's Schubert

After too many weeks of watching the Boston Symphony Orchestra scramble to replace maestro James Levine, both in Boston and on tour, we finally got a concert that went as planned.  
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 06, 2011
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