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Classical Beat: May, 2012

Posted at 05:22 PM ET, 05/30/2012

Perl to leave WPAS

After ten years, Neale Perl announces he will step down as president and CEO of the Washington Performing Arts Society

By Anne Midgette  |  05:22 PM ET, 05/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  WPAS

Posted at 05:26 PM ET, 05/24/2012

Links: a May review roundup

Your digital magazine of the Washington Post’s classical music reviews in recent days: Itzhak Perlman, Jeremy Denk, Vanessa Perez and more.

By Anne Midgette  |  05:26 PM ET, 05/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 05/23/2012

Crowdsourcing Met HD, Part I

Two readers respond to the Metropolitan Opera’s HD broadcast of Verdi’s “La traviata,” with Natalie Dessay.

By Anne Midgette and William Grote  |  04:45 PM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metropolitan Opera

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 05/22/2012

Peter and the press

The Metropolitan Opera’s general manager Peter Gelb seems to think he can control what the press says by removing voices he doesn’t like.

By Anne Midgette  |  03:55 PM ET, 05/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 05/21/2012

RIP Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Herbert Breslin

Links to my obituaries of the great baritone and of Pavarotti’s irrepressible agent, and reminiscences of (and by) both.

By Anne Midgette  |  02:55 PM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fischer-Dieskau

Posted at 05:26 PM ET, 05/17/2012

RIP Herbert Breslin

Luciano Pavarotti’s former manager Herbert Breslin, with whom I wrote the book “The King and I,” has died in France at 87.

By Anne Midgette  |  05:26 PM ET, 05/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 05/14/2012

Links: WNO’s “Werther,” the Philadelphia Orchestra, and other highlights.

In addition to the opening of Massenet’s “Werther,” the Philadelphia Orchestra and Charles Dutoit represented another highlight of this weekend’s classical concerts.

By Anne Midgette  |  10:59 AM ET, 05/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Joe Banno, Tom Huizenga, BSO, WNO

Posted at 12:11 AM ET, 05/14/2012

Music and Art: a CEO’s Debussy, a dissident’s “Zodiac”

This weekend, I wrote about a performance of a Debussy work arranged by the Baltimore Symphony’s CEO, and about two installations by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, whom we can finally judge by his work and not only by his headlines.

By Anne Midgette  |  12:11 AM ET, 05/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sackler, Hirshhorn, VCO

Posted at 12:00 AM ET, 05/14/2012

You be the critic: UMD “Faun” on video

Last week, I gave a rave review to the University of Maryland’s choreographed version of Debussy’s famous “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun.” Now, see the video and form your own conclusions.

By Anne Midgette  |  12:00 AM ET, 05/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  UMD

Posted at 11:50 PM ET, 05/13/2012

Links: the week in review

Reviews of everyone from Denyce Graves and the Annapolis Symphony to the young Dutch composer Michel van der Aa.

By Anne Midgette  |  11:50 PM ET, 05/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Joan Reinthaler, Robert Battey, Charles T. Downey, Samantha Buker

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 05/01/2012

Links: Bashmet disappoints, Steinbacher shines, and other recent reviews

A roundup of reviews by Washington Post critics from a busy few days of classical concerts.

By Anne Midgette  |  12:36 PM ET, 05/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Joe Banno, Robert Battey, Charles T. Downey, Cecelia Porter, Joan Reinthaler

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 05/01/2012

Links: Nabucco and more

WNO offers its first-ever “Nabucco” in a production that delighted some and offended others. Here’s my review; what was your take?

By Anne Midgette  |  10:23 AM ET, 05/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  WNO

 

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