By Ken Keaton
Among the most notable events in honor of Pierre Boulez and his impact on our artistic world was a revelatory institute, film and concert at the Chicago Symphony that traced how far Boulez traveled from early modernists.
By James L. Paulk
SAVANNAH – Now opera’s part of the mix at Georgia’s biggest music festival. Mark Delavan was Gianni Schicchi in a Puccini double bill that also gave a boost to young singers in a voice program launched by the legendary Sherrill Milnes.
By Judith Malafronte
NEW YORK – No need for proscenium stages, as the Metropolitan Museum of Art proves in places normally quiet. La Celestina, a video opera, resounded in the Vélez Blanco Patio. There was song at the Temple of Dendur, too.
By William Albright
HOUSTON – Inspired by words of Isabelle Eberhardt, a Swiss nomad who died in an Algerian flood in 1904, Missy Mazzoli’s chamber opera, bound for LA Opera, was showcased by Da Camera with Abigail Fischer as the bold but ill-fated explorer.
By David Shengold
NEW YORK – Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and soprano Nadine Sierra, who won George London prizes in 2010, sang at Palm Beach Opera in 2011 and shared digs at Glimmerglass in 2013, were a duo at Morgan Library.
By David Gordon Duke
VANCOUVER – How would you feel if you were brought out of 168 years of retirement? This locally owned Broadwood piano lent an authentic sound to an all-Beethoven weekend with pianist Robert Levin and cellist Steven Isserlis.
By Diane Windeler
SAN ANTONIO – In her first fully staged U.S. performance as a soprano, Anna Caterina Antonacci closed Opera San Antonio’s inaugural season with a neoclassical bonbon by Wolf-Ferrari and Poulenc’s wrenching La voix humaine.