Blomstedt leads the Philadelphia Orchestra

Philadelphia Orchestra performs Mozart and Brahms, February 2017.
 

During the 44 years when Eugene Ormandy was music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra (1936 to 1980), he led almost every concert. There was scant need for guest conductors.

Now the symphonic world is different. All prominent conductors dash from one city to another, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin needs to do this more than …

Tancredi: revelations in a rare opera

Tancredi by Rossini. Opera Philadelphia, February 2017.
 

A rare Rossini opera has been revived as a vehicle for star mezzo Stephanie Blythe. It turns out to have many additional merits.

Who would suspect that an opera written in 1813 would relate to today’s international events? Yet Gioachino Rossini’s Tancredi involves warfare between Muslim armies from …

Philadelphia Orchestra celebrates Paris

Philadelphia Orchestra Festival of Paris. January 2017.
 

One of the best innovations by Yannick Nezet-Seguin in Philadelphia has been his annual festivals devoted to the music of one specific city. In January 2015 he spotlighted St. Petersburg. In 2016 it was Vienna. In 2017 he has turned to Paris.

In each of these tributes, YNS has delved into the overall culture, not merely …

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