Ben Brantley and Anthony Tommasini weigh in on the debate set off by the Metropolitan Opera’s decision to forgo darkening makeup in its latest production.
Since 2009 bicycling in Maryland has increased by almost 100%. The bicycle has become an ever growing means of all around transportation not just a recreational activity. With more bicyclists on the road, education, awareness and bicycle advocacy is important for the safety of everyone on the road. Nate Evans, Executive Director of Bike […]
11:00 PM Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt Soloist: Carey Bell, clarinet MUSICAL CONTENT: Nielsen: Clarinet Concerto, Op. 57 Schubert: Symphony in C major, D.944, The Great Berlioz: Love Scene from Romeo et Juliet, Opus
Descendants of Louis-Philippe, the last king of France, are selling a trove of over two hundred objects that belonged to their family, raising fears that relics of France’s history will leave France. An article by Baudouin Eschapasse (Patrimoine : le trésor de la couronne de France dispersé, September 29) for Le Point has the details (my translation):
The eleven heirs of the Count and Countess of
Conductor, Riccardo Muti Music: Ligeti: Lontano Beethoven: Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello – Jonathan Biss, piano; Stephanie Jeong, violin; Kenneth Olsen, cello Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2, “Little Russian” Anna Clyne: Night Ferry
Spoiled by a masterful, cinematic production by Andreas Kriegenburg for the Munich State Opera, I was trying not to expect all that much – and certainly not something to supplant my experiences with Kriegenburg’s Wozzeck. And yet, the deceivingly simple production of the director (and Intendant of the Zurich Opera) Andreas Homoki did just that. Anchored by the set and costumes of Michael Levine
Conductor Juanjo Mena
A talented conductor puts an orchestra at ease in the most natural way, taking the musicians and the listener alike along for the ride. This was the case with Juanjo Mena’s latest appearance with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, heard on Saturday evening in the Music Center at Strathmore. Last heard with the BSO in 2012, the Spanish conductor currently serves as chief
11:00 PM Conductor: Juraj Valcuha Soloists: Andre Watts, piano Musical Content Weber: Oberon Overture Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 Strauss: Fantasie on themes from Die Frau Ohne Schatten Strauss: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier Fill Music: Mozart: Overture to The Magic Flute
Charles T. Downey, Washington National Opera’s ‘Carmen’ is halfway through run
Washington Post, September 28
Washington National Opera’s production of “Carmen” is halfway through its run. The company has fielded a second cast for the four lead roles, heard on Friday night at the Kennedy Center Opera House.
French mezzo-soprano Géraldine Chauvet, who was a nondescript Fenena in WNO’s “Nabucco”
The company offered five selections from Verdi operas, contrasting the rough-edged surroundings with vocal beauty and visual style.