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The Philadelphia Orchestra

Metropolitan Opera maestro James Levine cancelled his appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra due to ill health.  San Francisco Orchestra conductor Michael Tilson Thomas (and all around good guy) graciously stepped in for Levine, on very short notice, and nonetheless made ...

A Goodbye to Vienna

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin left the expected waltz repertory usually on his New Year’s Eve concert last year, opting for a night of Italian arias sung by guest soprano Angela Meade. He saved his waltz time a Goodbye ...

Don Giovanni

The Academy of Vocal Arts’ mounts Mozart’s "Don Giovanni" every few years and it always seems to show them at their best. Their 2011 production, directed by the Tito Capobianco, and had the lusty Don Giovanni, in flagrante delicate all ...

Antigone

    Attis Theater director Theodoros Terzopoulos’s adaptations of ancient Greek theater look modernist, but actually aspire to recreate the ritual and theatricality of antiquity. The approach resonates with contemporary audiences. His riveting production of Sophocles’ “Ajax” was ...

Metamorphoses

Director Doug Hara was in the original cast of Mary Zimmerman’s 2002 Tony Award winning play “Metamorphoses” and he directs a fine revival to kick off the Arden Theater’s 2015-16 season. Zimmerman tells the mythic stories of Greek gods and ...

King Lear, Shakespeare’s Globe (U.S. tour)

Stages around the world are observing Shakespeare’s upcoming 450th birthday, and what better way to join in than to be able to catch a sterling production of one of his masterpieces by Shakespeare's Globe. At Philly's Annenberg Center for the ...

Summer with the Philadelphia Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s outdoor concert series at the Mann Center (pictured above) kicked off in grand style with British conductor (and droll wit) Bramwell Tovey conducting showpieces by Beethoven and Britten. Tovey, musical director of Vancouver Symphony and in ...

Evita, US tour

The lights are dimmed. On a balcony, a woman comes through a smoky spotlight in a blinding diamond-white gown. As the strings swell, she belts out "Don’t Cry for Me Argentina." It is one of the iconic moments in pop-opera ...