By Johanna Keller
TOKYO – At the recent institute on Music From Japan, I was asked to sum up musical trends in North America today. A brief survey of the last eight Pulitzer winners reveals a rich landscape: chaotic, diverse, experimental, many-faceted.
By Rebecca Schmid
SALZBURG – Two maverick stage directors took their first cracks at Tchaikovsky’s “The Queen of Spades” and Monteverdi’s “The Coronation of Poppea.” The former looked unemotional; the latter veered from captivating to senseless.
By Paul Hyde
BREVARD, N.C. – In an idyllic setting of lofty trees and mountains, the Brevard Music Center summer festival went all out for Leonard Bernstein to celebrate his 100th birthday. The major work was the composer’s Mass.
By Paul E. Robinson
DIGITAL REVIEW – Works by David Diamond, including the first commerical recording of his Symphony No. 6, are roundly unsatisfying in performances by Indiana University ensembles conducted by Arthur Fagen.
By David Shengold
MUNICH – A cast including Jonas Kaufmann, Nina Stemme, René Pape, and Christian Gerhaher brought sonic luster to Pierre Audi’s stark staging of Parsifal that featured sets by Georg Baselitz at the Bavarian State Opera.
By Richard S. Ginell
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Music director Cristian Măcelaru is bringing a crowd-pleasing style to the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. His programming ranges from loud, flashy showpieces to an elegy on the migrant crisis.
By Leslie Kandell
LENOX, Mass. – Adding a Tanglewood tribute to his late colleague Olly Knussen, who died July 8, Thomas Adès fashioned a Festival of Contemporary Music finale that also featured works by Lutosławski and himself.
By David Shengold
BAYREUTH – The innovative Yuval Sharon became the first American stage director employed in Wagner’s fabled precincts, and tenor Piotr Beczala scored a debut triumph in the production led by Christian Thielemann.