A Moment in History
02 Feb 2012 -- For his first season as music director of The
Philadelphia Orchestra—beginning in October 2012—
Yannick Nézet-Séguin promises a breathtaking range of
31 Jan 2012 -- Jay Hunter Morris scored a major Met triumph last fall when he took over mere days before the premiere to sing the title role of Robert Lepage’s new production of Siegfried. Now he’s back for Götterdämmerung, which opened on January 27 and continues its run this month.
Vienna Teams Extend
26 Jan 2012 -- In a major endorsement of General Director Dominique Meyer's first two years as Intendant of the Vienna State Opera, Austria's Culture Minister announced that his contract has been extended until the end of August 2020.
Happy Birthday Bang on a Can
26 Jan 2012 -- The 25th birthday of Bang on a Can
(BOAC), New York’s own tirelessly inventive
new music group, will be celebrated with
musical fireworks on April 28 in Alice Tully
20 (PLUS) QUESTIONS WITH: Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado
22 Jan 2012 -- One of the hottest young conductors today, and known for his “astonishing flexibility and range as a conductor” (Wall Street Journal), Pablo Heras-Casado is the newly-appointed Principal Conductor of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.
The Music of the Tenor Masters
22 Jan 2012 -- Tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano and fellow tenor saxophonist Benny
Golson headline the spectacular upcoming show, The Music of the Tenor Masters, in The
Allen Room on March 23–24.
Happy to Make His Acquaintance
21 Jan 2012 -- On March 26 the New York Philharmonic celebrates the work
of Frank Loesser. David Barbour talks with Ted Sperling,
the music man presiding over this Spring Gala, about
this most happy songwriter.
Revisiting Romeo + Juliet
16 Jan 2012 -- This February Sterling Hyltin and Robert Fairchild return to the roles they originated in Peter Martins’ Romeo + Juliet.
New York City Ballet
13 Jan 2012 -- The renowned company performs works by American artists and works created in the 21st Century when it plays the Kennedy Center in April.
Of Epic Proportions: The Carmina Burana Choral Project
11 Jan 2012 -- It is nothing short of spectacular: 400 student singers,
the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, a trio of esteemed vocalists,
three world premieres, newly commissioned projections, and Carl Orff's seminal Carmina Burana—all in one concert.
The Music of Budapest, Prague and Vienna
07 Jan 2012 -- Feb. 25–Mar. 29, the Kennedy Center hosts a festival featuring performances from the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera, Prague Philharmonia, Christoph Eschenbach with Matthias Goerne, Katona József Theatre, and many others.
20 (PLUS) QUESTIONS WITH: Sir Andrew Davis
06 Jan 2012 -- Sir Andrew Davis has been music director of the renowned Lyric Opera of Chicago since 2000. Between performances of The Magic Flute, Davis offers the latest installment of “20 (Plus) Questions.”
Reflecting On Wheeldon
05 Jan 2012 -- This winter (debuting Jan. 28) New York City Ballet will present its first-ever all Christopher Wheeldon program, featuring three works by the British-born choreographer and former NYCB soloist and Resident Choreographer.
Meet the Young Classical Stars of Musical Olympus
05 Jan 2012 -- On March 4 at 3 PM, the Musical Olympus Foundation will introduce this year’s young international classical superstars in the International Musical Olympus Festival Concert, taking place at Carnegie Hall. Playbill Arts.com had the chance to speak with each of the young talented performers about their roles.
Enter the Year of the Dragon
03 Jan 2012 -- This month the New York Philharmonic joins the Chinese
American community in celebrating the Chinese New
Year. Ken Smith reveals the history and hopes behind
this first-ever Philharmonic celebration.
30 Dec 2011 -- With Robert Lepage’s production of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung,
opening January 27 with Fabio Luisi conducting, the Met’s new Ring is made complete.
How You Get to Carnegie Hall
22 Dec 2011 -- Practice doesn’t make perfect; it makes music. Members of the St. Louis Symphony orchestra reveal their personal practice rituals.
20 Dec 2011 -- Artists weigh tradition and innovation when interpreting Beethoven. How then does a conductor or a performer in
the 21st century interpret a work of such storied
significance without becoming mired in tradition?
Director Arin Arbus Discusses Her Operatic Debut
16 Dec 2011 -- The young American theatre director Arin Arbus will direct an opera for the first time when she leads a new production of Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia at Houston Grand Opera in February 2012.
Lincoln Center American Songbook 2012
15 Dec 2011 -- Back in the day, “The Great American Songbook” one very specific
thing: the Broadway-centric spectrum of music written primarily for shows and movies from
the 1920s to the 1960s. But in the 21st century, the term means many different things to
many different people.
Some Enchanted Evening
05 Dec 2011 -- On New Year’s Eve, the Met ushered in 2012 with The Enchanted Island, a world premiere Baroque extravaganza. The creative team and members of the cast explained what it took to bring this captivating new work to the stage.
Meet The New York City Center Choreography Fellows
01 Dec 2011 -- City Center’s inaugural Choreography Fellowship Program offers a creative home to talented choreographers at different stages in their careers. In the fall, Michelle Vellucci talked with each of the choreographers to get to know them a little better.
Aix-en-Provence Plans Easter-Time Festival
29 Nov 2011 -- An ambitious second music festival is now on the calendar for sun-splashed Aix-en-Provence. Few details have been announced so far, but the fest is slated for March 26-April 7, 2013.
Philharmonic Musicians Step Out
23 Nov 2011 -- Ensemble players, chamber collaborators, soloists:
in just one week in November, musicians from the
New York Philharmonic are being called on to be
any and all of these, as Stuart Isacoff explains.
Q&A: Cellist Anssi Karttunen
19 Nov 2011 -- Music Director Jacques Lacombe and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra present Fire: Light & Legend, the third and final program in the Orchestra’s 2012 Winter Festival—FIRE Jan. 20-22. Anssi Karttunen performs Kaija Saariaho's Notes on Light as part of the program.
A New Era For Ailey
18 Nov 2011 -- Change has been in the air at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater since May 2010, when Robert Battle was named to succeed Judith Jamison as Artistic Director, the position she held with such eloquent and visionary grace for 22 years.
20 (PLUS) QUESTIONS WITH: Countertenor Iestyn Davies
11 Nov 2011 -- This is shaping up to a breakthrough season for the charming and abundantly talented British countertenor Iestyn Davies. On Nov. 14 he made his house and role debut at the Metropolitan Opera singing Unulfo in Handel’s Rodelinda.
Kaija Saariaho: Compositionally Speaking
09 Nov 2011 -- Kaija Saariaho, this season’s Carnegie Hall composer-in-residence,speaks with Stony Brook University music professor Judy Lochhead about her residency.
Peter de Caluwe to Head Opera Europa
07 Nov 2011 -- Peter de Caluwe, director of the Brussels opera, La Monnaie (De Munt in Flemish), has been named President of the trade organization Opera Europa. He was elected during the October conference in Warsaw, Poland.
The Art of the Deal
31 Oct 2011 -- In the Met’s new
Jonas Kaufmann stars
as the hero whose
quest for knowledge
ends in tragedy. Des
the Faustian bargain
with a dreamlike
staging set in the
first half of the 20th
28 Oct 2011 -- Violinist Leila Josefowicz returns to The Philadelphia Orchestra as Artist-in-Residence.
Passio-Compassio at White Light Festival
25 Oct 2011 -- Avante-garde composer Mauricio Kagel once quipped, “not all musicians believe in God, but they all believe in Bach.” In Passio-Compassio, the closing concert of the White Light Festival on Nov. 19, Ensemble Sarband transports the audience using Bach’s Passions as a foundation.
Tchaikovsky in New York: The Opening of Carnegie’s Music Hall
25 Oct 2011 -- After conductor Walter Damrosch convinced Andrew Carnegie to build what would become the famed Music Hall, he needed a
name draw for the Hall’s opening festivities. At the time, there were certainly very few names bigger than Tchaikovsky’s.
20 (PLUS) QUESTIONS WITH: Opera Legend Marilyn Horne
20 Oct 2011 -- A special installment from Marilyn Horne, one of the great figures of American opera, beloved by the public and critics alike. On Oct. 31, the Metropolitan Opera Guild paid tribute to Horne with a gala luncheon at New York's Waldorf Astoria.
Illumination at White Light Festival
18 Oct 2011 -- Necessary Weather took the audience's breath away when it was performed at the Kitchen in 1994. As Jane Moss programmed this year’s edition of the White Light Festival, she knew it had to be in the lineup.
Homecoming: Lorin Maazel
12 Oct 2011 -- This month Lorin Maazel returns to the Orchestra over
which he presided for seven years. It was a period
marked by excellence and a strong bond between
maestro and musicians, as Robin Tabachnik reveals.
08 Oct 2011 -- Pennsylvania Ballet Principal Dancer and writer Julie Diana explores The Nutcracker and this perennial holiday production has endeared itself to generations of dancers.
A Frankenstein Monster That Is Here to Stay
08 Oct 2011 -- HK Gruber joins Alan Gilbert and the New York
Philharmonic Dec. 16-17, this time with his work Frankenstein!! Frank J. Oteri spoke with the composer/chansonnier about the genesis of this creature.
The Conversation: Michael Grandage
06 Oct 2011 -- Michael Grandage’s new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni premiered Oct. 13. Grandage describes his approach to opera’s ultimate anti-hero.
Strikes Trash New Season at the Paris Opera
04 Oct 2011 -- Last Wednesday evening would have been a highlight of New York artist Karen Kilimnik's year, if not for a strike that day by unions representing backstage workers at the Opéra National de Paris.
Where the Spiritual Meets the Sensual
29 Sep 2011 -- The New York Philharmonic’s 170th Season, which
officially opened on Sept. 21, continues Alan Gilbert’s
exploration of works that span centuries, coupled in new
and engaging combinations and, as Olivia Giovetti reveals,
with a more profound flavor.