Andrea Clearfield — An Interview

Composer and pianist Andrea Clearfield is a fundamental presence on the
contemporary music scene in Philadelphia, with a long collaboration with the
Rel‚che Ensemble to her credit, as well as a monthly salon in her home (with
close to 25 years of concerts) that brings together artists from various
disciplines, not only music.

Aida at Bregenz Festival 2009

Some years ago a witty soul coined the term “jumping the shark” to identify the point at which any long-running television program had exploited all its innate story/character development possibilities and had to resort to ridiculous plot contrivances and spectacle to keep the episodes — and paychecks — coming.

Adriana Lecouvreur at Teatro Regio Torino 2009

The Royal Opera at Covent Garden just made something of a splash in international opera news with a star-encrusted revival of an opera once quite popular and yet in recent years — Francesco Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur.

A Citadel of Culture Shows a Friendlier Face

December at Los Angeles Opera: Lohengrin and Rigoletto

At the end of November Los Angeles Opera brought two productions to the stage of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

PellÈas et MÈlisande, New York

PellÈas et MÈlisande, Debussy’s impressionist drama closely
based on Maeterlinck’s eerie, symbolist play, is not a terribly vocal opera; it calls more for the subtlety of art song style than the belting of great divas and divos.

Mozart at Salzburg Festival: Don Giovanni and CosÏ fan tutte

Once a preserve of opulent traditional productions, the summer Salzburg Festival has become a destination for viewing more cutting edge stagings.

Franz Liszt: A Romantic remembered

Der Rosenkavalier, Vienna

100 Best Verdi from EMI Classics

New recordings of classical music don’t appear from the “big labels” very often these days, but those companies have enormous libraries from which to extract selections for compilation discs.