May. 19 2015

How to Say Farewell to Aurélie Dupont

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We wrote about Paris étoile Aurélie Dupont in 2012, the last time that the Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris came to the Kennedy Center. Shame on you if you missed it, because the French ballerina, 42, is set to retire from dancing this week, at least at the Garnier, going out on a performance of Kenneth MacMillan’s L’Histoire de Manon, which will be filmed by Cédric Klapish and shown later in movie

May. 18 2015

Is it Rosencrantz or is it Guildenstern?

I wish I could live inside Tom Stoppard’s mind for an hour. I’d love to know how he comes up with his intricate, cross-referenced plays. One of my favorite quotes of all time comes from an interview Stoppard did with The Paris Review, when the interviewer asked him about the pitfalls of writing. It is not […]

May. 18 2015

Review: The Met Orchestra’s Season Concludes Under James Levine’s Soaring Baton

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Two years after making a triumphant return, Mr. Levine led the ensemble in a program of Brahms and Berlioz

May. 18 2015

Review: Lang Lang at the Metropolitan Museum in the Service of Eastern Art

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Lang Lang, a pianist who is a magnet for crowds also draws attention to the museum’s “China: Through the Looking Glass” exhibition.

May. 18 2015

Review: Heidi Melton Debuts With a Daunting Recital Program

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Ms. Melton’s first New York recital, at Pace University’s Schimmel Center, included works by Beethoven, Weill and Wagner.

May. 18 2015

‘Israel in Egypt’ at National Presbyterian

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Handel, Israel in Egypt, Trinity Wall Street, J. Wachner (Musica Omnia, 2012)Charles T. Downey, Washington Chorus performance was like an ocean liner going up C&O Canal (Washington Post, May 18)
Handel performed his oratorios with relatively small orchestras and choirs. Later audiences heard these works with massive forces playing and singing, an anachronism that the historically informed

May. 18 2015

Monday 5/18/15 New York Philharmonic This Week

11:00 PM CONDUCTOR:Alan Gilbert SOLOISTS: Philip Myers, horn Kate Royal, soprano Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano Anthony Dean Griffey, tenor (Spring Symphony) Michael Slattery, tenor (Serenade) New York Choral Artists Joseph Flummerfelt, director Brooklyn Youth Chorus BRITTEN: Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings BRITTEN: Spring Symphony Fill: Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun Ravel: Bolero

May. 17 2015

07/18/15 – Tosca – 1pm

Lyric Opera of Chicago by Giacomo Puccini In Italian with projected English texts Approximate running time: 2hrs, 42 min   Living for art…dying for love. A fiery diva, the rebel artist who claims her heart, and the sadistic police chief before whom all Rome trembles — for more than a hundred years, audiences have watched […]

May. 17 2015

Review: Stephanie Blythe at Carnegie Hall

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Ms. Blythe, the mezzo-soprano, turned the hall into her personal cabaret haunt.

May. 17 2015

Review: Evgeny Kissin at Carnegie Hall

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Mr. Kissin gave a frustrating concert, although his playing remains unstable.

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