Metropolitan Opera January 1-January 26 at the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center
Conductor Gianandra Noseda Production Sir David McVicar Adriana Lecouvreur Anna Netrebko Princesss of Boulillon Anita Rachvelishvili Maurizio Pitor Beczala The Abbé Carlo Bosi Michonnet Ambrogi Maestri Prince of Bouillon Maurizio Muraro
Co-Production of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona; Wiener Staatsoper; San Francisco Opera; L'Opera National de Paris Anna Netrebko, left, with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili Sara Krulwich photo/The New York Times
Piotr Beczala as Maurizio and Anna Netrebko as Adriana Lecouvreur Sara Krulwich photo/New York Times
Netrebko: Fedra's Monologue Video by Metropolitan Opera
Rachvelishvili is “without doubt the best Verdi mezzo-soprano today on
the planet,” according to the conductor Riccardo Muti. Zachary Woolfe writes about Anita Rachvelishvili for the NY Times: click
Celebrity Series of Boston Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel Symphony Hall--April 25, 2018 Esa Pekka Salonen Pollux Edgard Varèse Amérique Intermission Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Opus 47
The majestic orchestra filled the extended stage. The first 5 rows of the orchestra had been removed. The men were handsome in their White-Tie and Tails and the ladies were elegant in their black ensembles. "Los Angeles Philharmonic is the most important orchestra in the country." The NY Times "If ever an orchestra was riding the crest of a wave, it is the Los Angeles Philharmonic." The Times (London) Gustavo Dudamel's arrival in Los Angeles in 2009 was an earthshaking event. Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic have lived up to our high expectations, delivering on their artistic promise. I notice that their performance at the Philharmonia in Paris for May 5th is completely sold out.
Brian Hertz, Piano; Mark Vanderpoel, Bass; Gene Lewin, Drums
Six-time Tony award winner, two Grammy awards and an Emmy award, Audra charmed her audience with her rich interpretations of songs interspersed with warm, friendly anecdotes and interactions with her audience.
Remembering how she felt on 9/11, she recounted how important it is to focus on what matters in life and decided the answer is in the song "Make Someone Happy" each day!
I eagerly anticipated her rendition of my favorite "I Could Have Danced All Night" in which she encouraged her audience to join in on the second chorus.
Audra absolutely sparkled for nonstop 90 minutes of the American Songbook plus an encore of "Over The Rainbow."
Recalling how I was enthralled by her performance in March 2015, I was eagerly anticipating this return visit. I was not disappointed! Click
Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilla--Rome Sir Antonio Pappano music director conductor Martha Argerich piano "the reigning high priestess of the piano"
Symphony Hall Sunday, October 22, 2017 Verdi 'Sinfonia' to Aida Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 encore: Maestro Pappano joined Argerich in a four-hands rendition of "Laideronnette, Empress of the Pagodas" from Ravel's "Mother Goose" Intermission Respighi "Fontane di Roma" Respighi "I Pini di Roma" encores: Sibelius's "Valse Triste" Rossini's "William Tell Overture I was eagerly anticipating this performance because I had attemded a cpmcert by this magnificent orchestra in Paris in April 2016, and now with the addition of the legendary pianist Martha Argerich I was ecstatic!
Jeremy Eichler for the Boston Globe Click: Jonathan Blumhofer for The Arts FuseClick:
Ken Ross for MASSLIVE.COM states that Martha Argerich remains the greatest living pianist! Click:
Following the performance Celebrity Series feted us to an elegant reception and a seated sumptuous dinner in the Higginson Room. The charismatic Sir Antonio Pappano joined us and mingled with the guests, participating in our lively discussions and posing for photographs with us. Legendary and elusive pianist Martha Argerich declined our invitation. O
Aaron Keebaugh writes for Boston Classical Review-Click
Matthew Heck writes for the The Boston Musical Intelligencer-Click
Budapest Festival Orchestra International Tour-Click
NY Times Michael Cooper reviews 2 performances at Lincoln Center. He also writes that Maestro Fischer has become known as a voice of tolerance and inclusion. He has taken his orchestra to play in abandoned synagogoues in Hungarian towns whose Jewish populations were killed off in WWII. Click
Boston Symphony Orchestra Andris Nelsons--conductor Hélène Grimaud--piano
November 15, 2016 Timo Andres "Everything Happens So Much" (world premiere commissioned by the BSO) Brahms Piano Concerto No.2 in B-Flat, Opus 83
Hélène Grimaud acknowledges the enthusiastic applause of the audience returning to the stage numerous times. The extensive cello solo in the concerto by Martha Babcock received thunderous applause from an appreciative audience. BrahmsSymphony No. 3 in F, Opus 90
Andris Nelsons in action Aaron Keebaugh for the Boston Classical Review-Click Zoë Madonna for the Boston Globe-Click
Sir Simon Rattle--conductor Boston Symphony Hall Annual Dress Circle Reception and Dinner
Pierre Boulez Éclat Gustav Mahler Symphony 7
WBUR: Berlin In Boston: Simon Rattle brings one of the world's greatest orchestras for a rare visit-Click Boston Classical Review--Aaron Keebaugh--Click Glitter, mercury as Sir Simon Rattle leads Berlin Philharmonic--Matthew Guerrieri review for Boston Globe--Click
The Boston Musical Intelligencer--John Ehrlich--Click The Bosston Musical Intelligencer--Jeffrey Gantz--Click
An American in Paris Wang Theatre Oct. 25-Nov. 6, 2016 Music and Lyrics--George and Ira Gershwin Book--Craig Lucas Garen Scribner and Sara Esty Although the story/plot is rather trite, the music (Gershwin), orchestrations (Tony Award for Bill Elliot), sets, lots of dancing (Much of it is ballet.) are magnificent!
Sara Esty...female lead
Cast after the performance on Sunday, October 31
Mary Our euphoria continued at dinner at Fleming's on Stuart Street, a short walk from the Wang.
Boston Symphony Orchestra Andris Nelsons Music Director Concert performance Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier September 29 and 30, 2016 Renée Fleming Soprano (Marschallin) Susan Graham Mezzo-Soprano(Octavian) Franz Hawlata Bass (Baron Ochs) Erin Morley Soprano (Sophie)
Renée Fleming, Susan Graham and conductor Andris Nelsons on stage
Renée Fleming, Franz Hawlata, Susan Graham and conductor Andris Nelsons I attended the Thursday, September 29, performance. It was magnificent and the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Andris Nelsons was outstanding. The music was glorious. Interview with Renée Fleming on performing in concert with the BSO...Click here:
Aaron Keebaugh for Boston Classical Review....Click here: Zoë Madonna for the Boston Globe...Click here: John Ehrlich for the Boston Musical Intelligencer states that Rosenkavalier shimmers...Click here:
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