Eugene Onegin

Alexander Pushkin knew intimately the world of which he wrote in his novel-in-verse  “Eugene Onegin.” He was raised by nannies and tutors in a Russian countryside estate, attended Lyceum in St. Petersburg, and died in a duel after insulting  ...

The Lord of Cries

John Corigliano and Mark Adamo’s new Dracula opera, “The Lord of Cries,” which premiered at Santa Fe Opera on July 17, operates at fever pitch for three hours—it’s a brilliantly creepy theatrical experience with Anthony Costanzo, countertenor, at its  ...

Marriage of Figaro

New York Times reporters are now being trained to make strong impressions when they appear as experts on broadcast news panels. One rule: introduce only one or possibly two ideas into any answer you give. One is better. The  ...

OUR World Digital Stage

The Philadelphia Orchestra musicians are together again on the Verizon Hall stage in Philadelphia, in masks or positioned behind Plexiglas partitions, performing in an otherwise empty concert hall. Their concerts are being filmed for the orchestra’s rebooted fall Digital  ...

Philip Glass: Symphony for Solo Piano

Musical transcriptions have been around for millenia, even before the medieval, baroque, classical, romantic, modernist and postmodernist periods of the all hallowed western tradition which means both its European and its American incarnations. But do we  ...

Philadelphia Orchestra

Philadelphia Orchestra maestro  Yannick Nézet-Séguin returned to the stage with the orchestra after six months, on the day it was announced that Metropolitan Opera, where he is also musical-director, would remain shut down for another year, The Philadelphians were  ...

Philip Plass’ Akhnaten at the Met

A WORD FROM THE AUTHOR: Please excuse the lateness of this piece but three versions of it that I wrote which were in "Draft " disappeared thrice so I had to re-write it thrice and re-think  ...

Sad by Southwest: Tales from a Cancelled Festival

South-by-Southwest (a.k.a. SXSW) began in Austin, TX as a music festival in 1987, continuously expanding in the years since to feature movies, TV, comedy, games, art, podcasting, and conferences/exhibits on everything from education and sports to politics and cutting  ...

THE DAY

“I remember the day…” On the surface, “THE DAY” is a multilayered performance with iconoclastic cellist Maya Beiser and retired ballerina turned dance experimentalist, Wendy Whelan. This collaborative project, done in two parts, is the inspiration  ...