Les Enfants Terribles

Opera Paralèlle’s “Les Enfants Terribles” is a Jean Cocteau novel-inspired multimedia cocktail of nearly equal parts opera, filmed images, ballet, spoken word, and live piano accompaniment. Plot lines derivative of the 1972 Franco Zeffirelli film, “Sister Sun, Brother Moon,” and  ...

L’incoronazione di Poppea

It's a bunch of firsts for the Hampstead Garden Opera and their new production of Claudio Monteverdi's marvellous opera L'incoronazione di Poppea. Hosted at the Jackson Lane Theatre, it is the first time they are performing with surtitles and  ...

Aldous Harding: Here Is Your Princess

When I was growing up, I discovered new music the old-fashioned way: radio, MTV, and mixtapes from cooler friends. Now, with the proliferation of streaming services, file sharing sites, digital downloads, Sirius XM, groovy cable TV  ...

Tosca, LAOpera

“Tosca” … it is Puccini … what’s not to like? True, and it is probably his best opera. But LAOpera’s current production is a “Tosca” to love, not simply like. With glorious voices that are every bit a match for  ...

Bruckner Orchester Linz

Virgil Thomson used to say that the French played Brahms better than the Germans, and maybe the Austrians play Americans better than Americans. This seemed to be the case when the brilliant American conductor Dennis Russell Davies, who has been  ...

Harlem Quartet +Arturo Stable

LiveConnections is a magnet music/arts collective that crosses musical boundaries and brings together artists from different genres for their concert series and continued community engagement. On February 25 at World Café Live in Philadelphia, they presented the stellar Harlem  ...

Salome

Whether your orientation is religious or secular, if your culture is western the name Salome probably conjures up images of seduction and grisly obsession. She is depicted in the bible. She is seen frequently in European painting. The gruesome image  ...

Rigoletto, English National Opera

The ENO has revived an original Jonathan Miller production that took flight in 1982 – it received rave reviews regarding its unique and authentic stage work. Back in 1982, Miller’s innovation came from shifting Verdi’s original 19th century Italian Renaissance  ...

The Pirates of Penzance, English National Opera

Returning after two years is Mike Leigh’s inimitable production of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, which is notably stronger in direction and performance compared to its first outing. It didn’t make the cut for some critics who complained  ...