By Colin Eatock
TORONTO – A packed house heard the orchestra give a concert featuring such musicians of Armenian descent as violinist Sergey Khachatryan, soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, and music director Peter Oundjian.
By William Albright
HOUSTON – When casting Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Houston Grand Opera probably didn’t think of the frothy, fidelity-testing comedy as a potential breeding ground for future Wagnerians. But that’s what it has turned out to be.
By Robert Markow
MONTREAL – The Canadian music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra could have told the Orchestre Métropolitain he no longer had time for them. Yet he returns each season to conduct, and the results are remarkable.
By Geoffrey Simon
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Opening a tour through the U.S. with the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner led a dramatic account of Monteverdi’s Vespers, which inspired him to found the choir in 1964.
By John Fleming
TAMPA – Jeremy Denk’s season-long focus on Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3 includes a recent visit to the Florida Orchestra and a prior stop at the pastoral Asheville inn where Bartók penned its bird songs. Cleveland is next.
By Michael Huebner
BIRMINGHAM – When rock guitarist Bryce Dessner isn’t touring with The National, he writes for ensembles world-wide. At a recent Alabama Symphony Classical Edge event featuring his work, he also played electric guitar solo.
By David Shengold
NEW YORK – Replacing the garish Zeffirelli double bill of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci at the Metropolitan Opera, David McVicar’s production — with tenor Marcelo Álvarez doing double duty — proves a mixed affair.
By Richard S. Ginell
PALO ALTO – The music of Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood has been steadily gaining footholds in film and classical circles. Now the Australian Chamber Orchestra offers the rolling U.S. premiere of Water, which is brimming with ideas.