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BLO illuminates Peter Maxwell Davies’s The Lighthouse

Beams of light and fright
What better place for an opera set mostly at a lighthouse than in a room with a vast curved window looking out onto Boston Harbor?
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 10, 2012


Vive la France

French music at the BSO; French opera at Boston Conservatory; plus, Peter Wispelwey, Judith Gordon, Russell Sherman and Frank Kelley, and Collage New Music
French music is tricky. It has an unmistakable accent, inflection, scent.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 08, 2012

Hello Helios opera

Helios Early Opera's Charpentier; plus, the BSO's Mendelssohn Lobgesang

Hello, Helios!
There's a new group in town doing Baroque opera — not an easy ambition.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 01, 2012


Some good musical news in troubled musical times

Pain and pleasure
What a turbulent time we've been having in Boston's musical life.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 26, 2012


Opera Boston shuts down

Fat Lady Sings Dept.
Fat Lady Sings Dept.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 30, 2011


Shuffling conductors at the BSO, and 10 concerts you should hear

Musical chairs
There's lots of music to look forward to as we approach the end of winter.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 30, 2011


2011: A very mixed year for classical music in Boston

Valedictions and salutations
Classical news good and bad.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 21, 2011


The delights of Three Pianos at the A.R.T.

Three guys who love Schubert
Three guys. Not singers, but they sing. Not pianists, but they play the piano.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 13, 2011


Ludovic Morlot's second week with the BSO; plus, Boston Early Music Festival's Charpentier

In his second week with the BSO, Ludovic Morlot led another stunning program originally designed for James Levine.  
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 29, 2011


Revisiting Nixon in China

Grand Opera and Anti-Opera
To celebrate the forthcoming 25th anniversary of the opera Nixon in China , its three creators gathered last Tuesday afternoon on the stage of Harvard's Loeb Drama Center (home of the A.R.T.) to discuss their landmark opus.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 22, 2011


Ludovic Morlot at the BSO; Philippe Jaroussky with Apollo's Fire

Morlot's fire  
Former BSO assistant conductor Ludovic Morlot has returned for two programs planned by and for former music director James Levine.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 21, 2011


Boston Lyric Opera opens with Verdi's Macbeth

Double double
There's too much tinkering here with Verdi's first serious attempt to capture Shakespeare.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 15, 2011


Review: George Li, plus Gidon Kremer and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos with the BSO

Lightness of being
Sixteen-year-old Boston pianist George Li is prodigious in more than one way. He's not merely a technical wizard, but a thoughtful and serious musician.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 02, 2011

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Opera Boston's Béatrice et Bénédict, plus Masur at the BSO, Boston Baroque's Creation, and Andréas Scholl

Merry war
Opera Boston began its season of relative rarities (two of them based on Shakespeare) with Berlioz's enchanting last opera, Béatrice et Bénédict, centered around the two most compelling characters in Much Ado About Nothing — witty antagonists who, in their "merry war," renounce love, until they are forced to admit they love each other.    
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 27, 2011


Yo-Yo Ma at the BSO, Gidon Kremer at Longy, Ilya Kaler with the Boston Philharmonic

Stringing along
For a moment, it seemed as if the Boston Symphony Orchestra was back in its full ripeness.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 19, 2011


Anne-Sophie Mutter, Susan Davenny Wyner, and Courtney Lewis

Popularity contest
The season-opening concerts I've been going to have made me think about two kinds of musicians: those whose performances become transparent, who allow the listener into the heart of the music; and those for whom their own abilities — technical marvels — seem an end, not a means to a higher end.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 06, 2011


Huntington's Candide hits more than just the high notes

How could a musical with a dazzling score and a perfect cast have been such a dismal flop on Broadway?
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 05, 2011


Guerilla Opera's Loose, Wet, Perforated

Australian born, Harvard-educated Nicholas Vines is a compellingly original composer, and his new Loose, Wet, Perforated (through September 25) is full of fascinating music.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 20, 2011


The 10 can’t-miss classical concerts of 2011

From Boston Baroque to the Discovery Ensemble: More classical concerts than you’ll know what to do with
Here are 10 classical events I'm particularly eager to hear--just the tips of our many musical icebergs.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 03, 2011


Boston Midsummer Opera's The Italian Girl in Algiers

Dream Girl ?
This year Drew Minter and BMO gave us the young Rossini's The Italian Girl in Algiers , composed when he was 21 (it was his 11th opera!). It's an energetic comedy about a wily young woman who outwits the warlord who wants to add her to his harem.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  August 02, 2011

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BOC's delightful Falstaff and Michael Endres playing Schubert at Newport

The essence of youth
Boston Opera Collaborative is, in its own words, "a non-profit membership organization dedicated to providing opportunities for emerging artists." Its members share in both the artistic and administrative work. Now in its sixth year, it has created a stir.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  July 25, 2011

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