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Mass Appeal: Gianandrea Noseda Leads London Symphony Orchestra in Verdi’s Requiem

Mass Appeal: Gianandrea Noseda Leads London Symphony Orchestra in Verdi’s Requiem

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.

Rock-a-bye, Baby: “Jenůfa” at the Metropolitan Opera

Rock-a-bye, Baby: “Jenůfa” at the Metropolitan Opera

With the white-knuckled Karita Mattila playing the upright, deeply conflicted Kostelnicka, it simply isn’t possible to look away.

Borrowed & Blue: “The Marriage of Figaro” at Washington National Opera

Borrowed & Blue: “The Marriage of Figaro” at Washington National Opera

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.”

Audra McDonald and Philip Glass Honored with National Medal of Arts

Audra McDonald and Philip Glass Honored with National Medal of Arts

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.

Summer School: “Così fan tutte” at the Mostly Mozart Festival

Summer School: “Così fan tutte” at the Mostly Mozart Festival

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.

Red Scare: “Sweeney Todd” and “The Crucible” at Glimmerglass

Red Scare: “Sweeney Todd” and “The Crucible” at Glimmerglass

A misguided “Sweeney Todd” and an adaptation of “The Crucible” round out a weekend at the Glimmerglass Festival.

The Old Ball and Chain: “Fidelio” and Beethoven Lieder at Caramoor

The Old Ball and Chain: “Fidelio” and Beethoven Lieder at Caramoor

While this performance was cast to perfection from top to bottom, the success of Sunday’s presentation was due in no small part to the incredible Leonore of Elza van den Heever, her first performance of the part.