Nabucco: Levine is back in good form

Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi, revived at the Metropolitan Opera, January 2017.
 

The best news about the Met’s revival of Nabucco this season was the vigor of James Levine on the podium. This was especially noticeable in the big-screen HD telecast to movie theaters by Fathom Events. Levine looked energetic and joyful as he conducted. It …

The King of Instruments in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Orchestra concert with organ, November 2016.
 

A rousing concert celebrating the history of organs with the Philadelphia Orchestra reminded me of the biggest disaster in the Orchestra’s history.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Verizon Hall’s Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ, Yannick Nézet-Séguin led the Philadelphia Orchestra in the world premiere of Christopher Rouse’s <...

“Love from Afar” on a sea of inertia

L’Amour de Loin (“Love From Afar”) is one of the most respected operas of the young 21st century. Considered as a masterpiece in its construction, it’s been produced throughout Europe, at Santa Fe, and now at the Metropolitan Opera.

But is it a great opera? After seeing it twice, I’m not convinced. You’re not …

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