By Colin Eatock
TORONTO – In choosing Louis Riel, a rebel of the Canadian Métis people, as the subject of their 1967 opera, composer Harry Somers and libettist Mavor Moore hit on a dramatic topic that’s so Canadian it bleeds maple syrup.
By Anne E. Johnson
NEW YORK – With a centenary concert at Carnegie Hall on April 25, the Mannes School of Music will honor its bountiful history and its founders, David Mannes and Clara Damrosch Mannes. The school’s lineage and its vision will resound.
By Paul E. Robinson
DIGITAL REVIEW – Two works from Rachmaninoff’s youth – played by pianist Daniil Trifonov, violinist Gidon Kremer, and cellist Giedré Dirvanauskaité – display a bravura pull to the piano and an uncertainty with strings.
By James L. Paulk
NEW YORK – In Robert Carsen’s new production of Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier at the Metropolitan Opera, soprano Renée Fleming takes her final turns in a role she has virtually owned for two decades, and shows why.
By Kyle MacMillan
LOUISVILLE, KY. – Striving for a place among the world’s most interesting orchestras, Louisville Orchestra music director Teddy Abrams
presides over the second edition of the Festival of American Music, April 15-29.
By J.J. Van Vlasselaer
LUCERNE – Requiem-Strophen takes us on the journey of the mystery of death and how it turns life into our reality. The Easter Festival concert, led by Mariss Jansons, opened with Rihm’s memorial to Pierre Boulez, who died Jan. 5, 2016.
By Richard S. Ginell
LOS ANGELES – The main events in the Reykjavík Festival sold out months in advance – partly because of LA Phil’s conductor laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen, but mainly because Iceland’s rock band Sigur Rós was on the bill.
By John Fleming
TAMPA – Conductors tend to be durable, but maestro and composer Anton Coppola, still active, hit the century mark on March 21. Four days later, Opera Tampa honored the ageless Coppola at a two-hour concert – which he conducted!
By Rebecca Schmid
BERLIN – The Komische Oper production of Mussorgsky’s Fair at Sorochintsy, directed by Barrie Kosky, explores young love, superstition and alcoholism. It pulls out all the stops in a dream banquet featuring porcine humans.