By Leslie Kandell
APPRECIATION – Spurred by a Tanglewood memorial service on Aug. 8, a critic recounts nuggets of enduring wisdom from decades of summer vocal classes led by the celebrated soprano and teacher, who died in June at age 94.
By David Shengold
NEW YORK – Festival music director Louis Langrée led the same well-balanced group of six personable, stylish, if not epochal-voiced, singers he’d conducted in Mozart’s opera in June and July at the Aix-en-Provence Festival.
By Richard S. Ginell
DIGITAL REVIEW – Thomas Dausgaard, conducting the Seattle Symphony, has turned in a live recording of the Deryck Cooke performing version of Mahler’s entire Symphony No. 10 that makes most of the others seem timid.
By Rebecca Schmid
SALZBURG – Thomas Adès’ The Exterminating Angel, inspired by Buñuel’s surreal dinner party film, largely lived up to high expectations. Tom Cairns’ gripping production heads next to London, New York and Copenhagen.
By Barbara Jepson
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Sondheim’s spoof of Victorian melodrama can be horrifying, hysterically funny, and deeply moving. But Christopher Alden’s incoherent production for Glimmerglass undermines the show’s dramatic power.
By Chuck Lavazzi
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – The festival production reveals the narrative power, high drama, and often unexpected beauty of Robert Ward’s opera based on Arthur Miller’s post-McCarthy political allegory of the Salem witch trials.
By James L. Paulk
SANTA FE, N.M. – Novel stagings with updated historical settings suggest the Civil War for Roméo et Juliette, the 1950s for Capriccio, and the film noir era for Vanessa, starring a resplendent Erin Wall as the neurotic spinster.
By Ken Keaton
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Rossini’s La gazza ladra is an uneasy combination of sparkling comedy and dark drama. The Glimmerglass Festival’s finely feathered production meets its challenge with sparkle and humanity.
By Daniel Hautzinger
HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. – A re-imagined ballet to Stravinsky’s music, conceived and directed by Janni Younge and presented at the Ravinia Festival, was a spectacle of mechanical creatures but a mashup of metaphorical narratives.