Britten, Danced.

Many, many thanks to the Barbican Centre for commissioning Britten’s Phaedra choreographed by Richard Alston Dance Company at the Barbican Theatre. Of the numerous Britten homages this centenary year, this…

Madama Butterfly, Chicago

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s current new production of Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, an effort shared with Houston Grand Opera and the Grand ThÈ‚tre de GenËve, tends to emphasize emotional involvements…

Maestro Joseph Rescigno Discusses The Flying Dutchman

The Flying Dutchman is a transitional piece because Wagner was only beginning to establish his style. He took some aspects from Carl Maria von Weber and others from Italian composers…

The (Amazing) Nose

Dmitri Shostakovich’s opera, The Nose, based on Gogol’s short story of the same name, was a smash hit for the Metropolitan Opera company in 2010 and once again, this season.

Death in Venice, Festival of Britten

There might not be much ‘Serenissima’ about Yoshi Oida’s 2007 production of Death in Venice — it’s more Japanese minimalism than Venetian splendour — but there is still plenty to…

“T” as in “Terrific Toronto”

With an absorbing production of Peter Grimes and a freshly spontaneous La bohËme, Canadian Opera Company has set the bar very high indeed for its current season.

La damnation de Faust: LSO/ Gergiev

http://www.opera-britannia.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1041:la-damnation-de-faust-lso-gergiev-3rd-november-2013&catid=10:concert-and-recital-reviews&Itemid=16

Daniel Barenboim to step down from La Scala two years early

http://www.gramophone.co.uk/classical-music-news/daniel-barenboim-to-step-down-from-la-scala-two-years-early

Listen to Yourself: A Conversation with Christa Ludwig

http://www.classicalsinger.com/magazine/article.php?id=2660

Two Boys at the Brave New Met

Whatever you think of some of the Metropolitan Opera’s recent productions, you cannot fault the Gelb administration for fearing to take risks.