Reviews

American composers "Play" for Stephen Powell

American composers "Play" for Stephen Powell

Wrapping his selection of American art songs with works from poets who are celebrated and time-honored masters may partially explain why Powell has arranged the songs somewhat thematically rather than by composer. Whatever his rationale, "Billy in the Darbies" remains the soul of this undertaking.

John Hohmann
Opera in the Outfield: not perfect, but welcome

Opera in the Outfield: not perfect, but welcome

On the micro level, the Twin Cities has a thriving opera and theater community filled with small grassroots companies. I hope these companies survive and continue to engage their audiences until live performances are safe.

Callie Cooper
André Tchaikowsky's only opera: The Merchant of Venice

André Tchaikowsky's only opera: The Merchant of Venice

Throughout his career his dedication to Shakespeare was unwavering. It was said that he could recite extended passages from Shakespeare's work with eloquence often surpassing that of cultivated speakers in his England, his adopted homeland.

John Hohmann
Trial at Rouen slow but revealing on record

Trial at Rouen slow but revealing on record

Thankfully, Odyssey Opera thought a little ahead of the curve: for the next album in their recordings of newer opera, they have opted to put The Trial at Rouen on Boston Modern Orchestra Project's recording label, BMOP/sound, and with the same cast that performed it in December 2017, no less!

Arturo Fernandez
Tête à Tête at home: a sampling

Tête à Tête at home: a sampling

These are strange times, and I am still not convinced that going virtual is the way. Has it afforded us some opportunities we would not have had otherwise? Sure. Has it required us to get creative in ways we could not have imagined? Certainly.

Alessia Naccarato
Untold: a collaborative tale of pride and grace

Untold: a collaborative tale of pride and grace

This was a piece that did not feel as though it existed musically as a complete score but more so in the gathering of people together, in the physicality of the performance space, and in the unknowable magic that occurs in the moment of performance itself.

Alessia Naccarato
Intimate Voix humaine provides a way forward

Intimate Voix humaine provides a way forward

How do you stage something that is so static in tableau and also has so few characters? And more to the point, how does a company stage it in a time when theaters are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Arturo Fernandez
Renée Fleming Brings A New Luster To Dumbarton Oaks

Renée Fleming Brings A New Luster To Dumbarton Oaks

Renée Fleming knows her audience, or in this case, the lack of one. Creating a sense of intimate occasion in the elegant music salon at Dumbarton Oaks, a Georgetown estate with a musical pedigree of its own, Fleming made her contribution to the Metropolitan Opera's MET Stars Live streaming concert series feel like a musical get-together.

John Hohmann
The concessions we make for live opera: Tosca goes up at Northern Lights Music Festival

The concessions we make for live opera: Tosca goes up at Northern Lights Music Festival

With no performances scheduled in the United States scheduled for the next six months will there still be an audience? I think so, and I hope so. Cautious performances like those put on by Northern Lights are essential to keeping the spirit of opera alive in the United States. Let us hope for more innovation and live music making in the coming months.

Callie Cooper
Watch a George Crumb music video & meet the artists: Chordless launches new project

Watch a George Crumb music video & meet the artists: Chordless launches new project

Chordless has created an intriguing piece of art with this Crumb video, and it'll be a neat experience to view it, and then have an immediate face-to-face (or screen-to-screen) with the folks who made it.

Jenna Simeonov

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