The Academy of Music: unfairly maligned

 

Let’s set the record straight. Despite some misinformed recent slurs, Philadelphia’s Academy of Music was a showplace for fine orchestral sounds for more than a century.

In 2003 the Philadelphia Orchestra moved out and the Academy became a venue for touring musicals. Extensive renovations modernized one of the nation’s oldest concert halls, and a Broadway-style sound system was installed in …

Salome removes her psychological veils

Strauss: Salome. Santa Fe Opera, 2015

The last time I saw Salome at Santa Fe, the back of the stage was open so the audience had a view of the beautiful Sandia mountains of New Mexico and it was easy to imagine them being the Judean Hills where Strauss’s opera, and the preceding Oscar Wilde play, are …

Rigoletto at Santa Fe sounds better than it looks

The Rigoletto production at Santa Fe in August of 2015 was odd in appearance but very strong in sound, and that’s what’s important.

The Hawaii-born Quinn Kelsey was a superb Rigoletto. His large and penetrating voice transfigured into poignantly refined singing during the intimate scenes. Georgia Jarman was a slender and youthful-looking Gilda, perfect for the part, with an …

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