Read my recently-published program notes for Lyric Opera of Chicago’s new production of “Carmen”!
Working with an ensemble that obviously had deep feeling for the music, Noseda drew thoughtful, balanced playing from the utterly responsive LSO. All throughout, his controlled-yet-fluid conducting reflected the grandiose scale of the piece, a monumental expression of mourning and human confrontation with death.
With the white-knuckled Karita Mattila playing the upright, deeply conflicted Kostelnicka, it simply isn’t possible to look away.
Washington National Opera opened its 2016-17 season last week with an uneven, unjaded, if not unenjoyable, performance of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro that just couldn’t turn separate “jinx” from the desired “hijinks.”
Broadway and classical icon Audra McDonald and minimalist composer Philip Glass were among the 12 recipients of the 2015 National Medal of Arts which were awarded in a ceremony in the East Room of the White House this morning.
This was Così, straightforward and unaltered. While it would have been great to see Christophe Honoré’s provocative production, what arrived at Lincoln Center was a musical presentation of the highest quality.
A misguided “Sweeney Todd” and an adaptation of “The Crucible” round out a weekend at the Glimmerglass Festival.