| May 15, 2014
| 5:26 PM
In 1995, a rising young soprano named Renée Fleming sang her first opening night at the Metropolitan Opera in a production of Verdi's "Otello," with Plácido Domingo in the title role.
On Thursday, Fleming paid Domingo tribute for helping her with that...
| May 6, 2014
| 11:05 AM
No one expects the course of creating a brand-new opera to run absolutely smoothly, any more than the course of true love. Four hundred years of operatic history suggest it seldom does.
But the gestation of "Bel Canto," an operatic adaptation of Ann...
| Apr 27, 2014
If you asked true blue Boston Red Sox fans during much of the 20th century if they would sell their soul to the devil in order to lift the famed "curse" from their team, you would probably get more than a few volunteers.
That's Joe DiPietro's wicked...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 10:19 AM
Now that some more pressing things are out of the way (not pressing to you, of course, just my editors), I thought I would share a few thoughts about last weekend, which I spent largely listening to the sound of singing. It was an interesting, if...
| Mar 30, 2014
| 2:10 PM
It seems rather a shame that Lyric Opera restricts admission to "Rising Stars in Concert," the company's showcase concerts by the young singers of its Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center professional development program, to donors and media...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 1:24 PM
No disrespect to soprano Renee Fleming, but the leading attraction of Lyric Opera's Subscriber Appreciation Concert in which she appeared Wednesday night was her co-star, German superstar singer Jonas Kaufmann, the hottest and most sought-after tenor in...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 6:10 AM
Plácido Domingo, whose early international singing career took off after appearing with the New York City Opera, will appear at a concert this month to commemorate that company, which declared bankruptcy and ceased operations last year.
"New York City...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 5:45 PM
Assailed as anti-Semitic and pro-Palestinian when it premiered in 1991, John Adams' "The Death of Klinghoffer" has long been an artistic hot potato that many major opera companies have found too controversial to produce.
In October, the Metropolitan...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 8:38 AM
When soprano Renée Fleming takes to MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Sunday to perform the national anthem at the Super Bowl, she will sing to music performed by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
But the accompaniment will be a recording, not a live...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 8:04 AM
Much has changed inside and outside the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since Deborah Rutter — then Deborah Card — moved from running the Seattle Symphony to becoming CSO Association president in 2003.
She inherited an organization that was...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 11:19 AM
For opera fans in Southern California, Christoph Waltz has become a semi-regular presence in the audience of Los Angeles Opera productions at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. On Sunday, the two-time Academy Award winning actor officially made his debut as...