25 Apr 2012 -- To close out the St. Louis Symphony subscription season, Stephen Hough
plays the “Rach Fest,” in which the phenomenally skilled piano virtuoso
takes on the formidable task of performing three Rachmaninoff concerts
over two weekends.
The Cellos of the New York Philharmonic
24 Apr 2012 -- The foundation of the strings and often the baritone
melodists, the cello section plays a varied role in the
orchestra, a diversity that Rebecca Winzenried has
observed among the lives of the musicians themselves.
An Obscure Opera Relishes the Spotlight
18 Apr 2012 -- The revival of a long forgotten French opera was cheered by Parisian opera fans. Daniel-François-Esprit Auber's La Muette de Portici, which just finished a run at the Opéra-Comique, has proven to be a celebrated success and a highlight of the season.
A Conversation With Tenor Nicholas Phan
18 Apr 2012 -- As springtime comes into full bloom, rising star American tenor Nicholas Phan, named one of NPR’s Favorite New Artists of 2011, prepares for two exciting firsts.
Singing the Ring
13 Apr 2012 -- This spring, the Met presents the first complete cycles of Robert Lepage’s groundbreaking new production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, led by Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi. How do the singers prepare for the daunting task of bringing Wagner’s vast cosmos to vocal life?
Ballet Speaks French
11 Apr 2012 -- This summer, for the first time in 16 years,
New York’s dance fans will be able to experience ballet in its original language, when the Paris Opera Ballet settles into the David H. Koch Theater for 12 performances as part of the
annual Lincoln Center Festival.
Nina Stemme: Becoming Salome
11 Apr 2012 -- This month,
Franz Welser-Möst leads The Cleveland Orchestra in a
rare concert performance of Strauss’s Salome. In a recent break from her
performances in Tosca at the Vienna State Opera,
Nina Stemme discussed the challenge of performing as
Salome in what will be her Carnegie Hall debut.
Finding His Way Home
04 Apr 2012 -- Jaap van Zweden, the former violinist who is now a
conductor, makes his Philharmonic debut this month.
Olivia Giovetti reveals how his appearance represents
a kind of homecoming.
04 Apr 2012 -- On June 6, Pinchas Zukerman and the New York Philharmonic
are performing together for the 100th time. Robin
Tabachnik speaks with the eminent multitasker, who is
conducting and performing as violin soloist this month through the 9th.
Music for All of Us
03 Apr 2012 -- The Philadelphia Orchestra returns to the Academy of Music this June for a special concert series—the first in a decade—led by
the exuberant Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting,
among other great works, highlights from Fantasia.
02 Apr 2012 -- The Met season will come to a close with Nathan Gunn taking on the title role of Britten’s Billy Budd for the first time with the company. The dynamic baritone spoke with the Met’s Charles Sheek about Billy, Britten—and what he learned from Domingo.
Russian Connections: Simon Trpˇceski
29 Mar 2012 -- Macedonian pianist Simon Trpˇceski
reveals his affinity for Tchaikovsky
in his appearances on this year’s
Summertime Classics concerts.
A Chorus Prepares
22 Mar 2012 -- The St. Louis Symphony covers repertoire from John Adams
to J.S. Bach in a matter of weeks. Eddie Silva spotlights the Chorus.
A New Requiem in Dresden
09 Mar 2012 -- Raphael Mostel reports from Dresden where, for the first time since they began performing concerts to commemorate the catastrophic World War II firebombing of the city (and amidst some 1,600 neo-Nazi and 13,000 anti-Nazi demonstrators), the Staatskapelle has commissioned and performed a new requiem.
Murder, He Wrote
06 Mar 2012 -- Baritone Thomas Hampson, who takes on the title role of Verdi’s
Macbeth for the first time at the Met this month, tells Philipp Brieler why this opera marks a turning point in the composer’s output.
The Adventure Ahead
06 Mar 2012 -- Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic’s journey together
continues in the 2012–13 season, bringing audiences to
exciting musical destinations. Karissa Krenz is your guide.
Inside the Pennsylvania Ballet's 2012-2013 Season
01 Mar 2012 -- With each passing season, Pennsylvania Ballet steps ever closer to its golden anniversary. In 2012-2013, the Company will take on some of the most groundbreaking work in its storied history, complemented by revered classics.
The Mystery of The Lighthouse
24 Feb 2012 -- Peter Maxwell Davies turned to the mystery of the Flannan Isles lighthouse as the subject for an opera. The Lighthouse will be presented at Dallas Opera in March.
L’Arpeggiata: Musical Time Travel
22 Feb 2012 -- Constantly finding new ways to
re-imagine the 17th-century music
that forms the core of its repertoire,
L’Arpeggiata is the first early-music
group to have its own Perspectives
series at Carnegie Hall.
Meet Ms. Meade
15 Feb 2012 -- Just a few years ago, Angela Meade was a voice student competing in the Met’s National Council Auditions. Now she’s one of
opera’s fastest-rising stars. The Met’s Matt Dobkin found out how
the genial diva got to the top ranks of the world’s sopranos.
A Chat With John Daly Goodwin
12 Feb 2012 -- Under the baton of John Daly Goodwin, for his final appearance as music director, the New York Choral Society will perform the last concert of the 2011-2012 season entitled "American Reflections" at Carnegie Hall on April 20 at 7:30 PM.
Lifting Every Voice
09 Feb 2012 -- Kevin McBeth lives the choral conductor’s dream in his first full year as director of the St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON Chorus.
The Music Director, Uncensored
06 Feb 2012 -- New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert is a man of many ideas and interests, and he has candidly shared his musings on his blog, aptly titled Curiously Random.
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?