By James L. Paulk
PARIS – With the chorus and orchestra of Les Arts Florissants under William Christie’s direction and tenor Ian Bostridge in the title role, Claus Guth offered an imaginative staging of the oratorio at the Paris Opera.
By Anne E. Johnson
BROOKLYN – The 2018 Ferus Festival in National Sawdust was wild in various senses: unrefined, coming from nature, daring, and slightly magical. British-Bengali composer-performer Bishi opened the bash.
By Leslie Kandell
NEW YORK – In its premiere run at the Prototype Festival, Mikael Karlsson’s high-tech opera mixes references to Barber, Poulenc and Kafka as it delves into the imagination of a convicted murderer in solitary confinement.
By Susan Brodie
NEW YORK – The new opera, by Gregory Spears and Greg Pierce, at the Prototype Festival, combines sentimental and historical elements to create a compelling love story in a chilling setting with contemporary resonance.
By Kyle MacMillan
EVANSTON, Ill. – Unlike some modern quartets that put a premium on muscularity and punch, the fast-rising young Dutch ensemble called the Dudok Kwartet, in its North American debut, conveys more of an Old World sensibility.
By Jason Serinus
SEATTLE – A collaboration between soloist Augustin Hadelich and the Seattle Symphony under music director Ludovic Morlot transformed Ligeti’s Violin Concerto into a deeply moving, heartfelt journey.
By Paul E. Robinson
DIGITAL – Video of live concerts can be costly to produce but a more compelling experience, and more effective marketing, than audio-only. Here are seven of the best orchestra websites that offer streaming video of concerts.