Classical Beat: opera

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 12/09/2013

December concerts in review: of student-like recitals, opera, and concertmasters in the spotlight

Local musical highlights have included “Magic Flute,” the pianist Ji, and a controversial NSO review.

By Anne Midgette  |  02:41 PM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 10/31/2013

Child opera singer goes viral, redux

Amira Willighagen, 9, is new viral sensation; same aria won renown for 10-year-old Jackie Evancho

By Anne Midgette  |  04:57 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:39 AM ET, 10/22/2013

Muhly’s “Two Boys” hits Met, misses connection

Nico Muhly’s new internet opera “Two Boys” at the Met tries to touch all bases, but fails to touch the heart.

By Anne Midgette  |  08:39 AM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 10/14/2013

Monday roundup: of geniuses and Verdi operas

Reviews from a big weekend of classical music in DC: Denk, Chase, “Falstaff,” and “Forza.”

By Anne Midgette  |  12:51 PM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:16 AM ET, 09/26/2013

Levine returns with gusto to Met “Cosi”

James Levine returned to the Metropolitan Opera after two years with Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte.”

By Anne Midgette  |  12:16 AM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:26 AM ET, 09/24/2013

Met opening night: Netrebko, “Onegin,” realism and its discontents

Metropolitan Opera opens season with Anna Netrebko in “Eugene Onegin.”

By Anne Midgette  |  05:26 AM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 08/23/2013

Readers and players: Stewart Copeland on classical music.

Stewart Copeland, drummer of the Police, talks about his new career as an opera composer.

By Anne Midgette  |  11:23 AM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 07/12/2013

Of accidents and age: conductor, tenor cancel shows

Alsop and Domingo forced to cancel performances, prompting reflections on Domingo and singing in old age.

By Anne Midgette  |  04:09 PM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 07/09/2013

On excellence and paint-by-number opera

As opera places more physical demands on singers, has the definition of excellence changed?

By Anne Midgette  |  12:12 PM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 04/19/2013

Of revivals and rebirths: Tavener in DC, Aspern Papers in Dallas

John Tavener in DC, “The Aspern Papers” in Dallas, and the question of adaptation in opera.

By Anne Midgette  |  03:42 PM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 02/10/2013

The other East Coast opera: Philly offers “Silent Night”

The Philadelphia Opera presents the winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize

By Anne Midgette  |  05:21 PM ET, 02/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:50 PM ET, 02/04/2013

Wolf Trap goes Italian for 2013

The redoubtable summer festival sets its sights on the bicentenarian Giuseppe Verdi.

By Anne Midgette  |  11:50 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 01/24/2013

Your call: review assignments from readers

Readers have picked the five classical concerts in D.C. they’d review this weekend. I chose differently.

By Anne Midgette  |  03:38 PM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 10/24/2012

Review: Ades’s “Tempest” comes to Met stage.

The Metropolitan Opera brings Thomas Ades’s “The Tempest” to the stage in Robert Lepage’s cliched, circusy production.

By Anne Midgette  |  12:02 PM ET, 10/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:13 PM ET, 10/11/2012

The return of the native: Levine back at Met?

The Metropolitan Opera claims James Levine will conduct a May concert and three productions in the 2012-13 season.

By Anne Midgette  |  11:13 PM ET, 10/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:54 AM ET, 09/25/2012

Met season opener: ‘L’Elisir,’ reviewed

Preliminary coverage of opening night at the Metropolitan Opera.

By Anne Midgette  |  04:54 AM ET, 09/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 08/20/2012

Opera: great personalties, bad actors

What I’m missing in opera today doesn’t have to do with acting. It has to do with personality: that intangible something that makes you want to experience a singer again, and again, and again.

By Anne Midgette  |  10:51 AM ET, 08/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 07/08/2012

Reviews: after the storms

Charles T. Downey looks in on some performances that had to be rescheduled due to loss of (electrical) power.

By Charles T. Downey  |  12:55 PM ET, 07/08/2012 |  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)

Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 03/15/2012

News and notes

Tidbits from around the web: an interview with Christina Pluhar of L’Arpeggiata; the Met Opera continues to expand its technological portfolio with a new iPad app; the winner of a Philadelphia opera company’s “American Idol” for composers.

By Anne Midgette  |  05:24 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 02/06/2012

Glass in Virginia: two opera companies offer audiences more to love

The composer Philip Glass marked his 75th birthday last week with, among other things, the release and US premiere of his 9th symphony. But the biggest commemoration in this area comes from the Virginia Opera, which brings “Orphee” to Fairfax this coming weekend. In a recent article, I offered a brief overview of Virginia’s two, count them, opera companies.

By Anne Midgette  |  11:56 AM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)