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

On Saturday, I reviewed the Washington National Opera’s final production of the season, Massenet’s “Werther,” with a very good Werther, Francesco Meli.


Francesco Meli made a strong showing in the title role of the Washington National Opera production of Massenet's "Werther." (Photo by Scott Suchman) (Courtesy of Washington National Opera.) (Scott Suchman/Scott Suchman)

Joe Banno made two trips out to Strathmore for two notable performances. On Friday, the Philadelphia Orchestra and Charles Dutoit made what’s become an annual visit (though Dutoit takes his leave this week) with yet another fabulous concert. On Saturday, Andre Watts gave a downright leisurely reading of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Other views: Charles T. Downey on Ionarts.com on the Philadelphia Orchestra; Tim Smith in the Baltimore Sun on Andre Watts and the BSO.

Tom Huizenga heard an uneven but risk-embracing concert by the Great Noise Ensemble on the new-music series at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, which they anchor.

Anne Midgette came to the Washington Post in 2008, when she consolidated her various cultural interests under the single title of chief classical music critic. She blogs at The Classical Beat.
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