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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in the United States

The best place to find out about what's going on in the United States, whether it's an Opera in New York, Concert in Washington or Ballet in Chicago...
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“Not a political composer": John Adams

Taking time out from working on his new opera, Girls of the Golden West, which premières in San Francisco later this year, we spoke to John Adams about politics, Scheherazade.2 and where he sees the future for classical music.
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Strong women, big voices at LA Opera

Los Angeles likes to think big and so does LA Opera. It attracts star singers and the second half of its season features some big female voices taking on some of opera’s strong women.
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interview with President/CEO of OPERA America

In conversation with Marc A Scorca

Patricia Kiernan Johnson talks to Marc A Scorca, President/CEO of OPERA America to find out the trends in opera in the USA and on whether or not contemporary opera is getting performed more often.
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Looking forward to the NY Phil in 2017

2017 is the 175th birthday of NY Phil, as well as being the 70th of John Adams and the 50th of outgoing Music Director Alan Gilbert, who takes on the lion's share of the conducting duties. 2017 highlights will include world premières by Marsalis, Gruber and Auerbach.   This preview was sponsored by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra
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Beloved Friend: a long-term relationship with Tchaikovsky

Conductor Semyon Bychkov has had a long relationship with Tchaikovsky’s music and “Beloved Friend” is the title chosen for his series which travels to New York this January for a series of concerts and related events with the NY Philharmonic spanning three weeks.
dance focus

In the studio with Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

Belgian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa is in New York. Ahead of the première of her new work for the New York City Ballet, Bachtrack visits her in the studio during rehearsals. 
contemporary focus

Remembering the legacy of Pauline Oliveros

“Music is a multi-dimensional, dynamic process unfolding as a relationship between an individual or a group of individuals, and sound vibrations.
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Brian Jagde on flawed characters

American tenor Brian Jagde discusses two key roles in his career so far, Don José in Carmen and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly.
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Postcard from Los Angeles

Take a stroll on probably the most famous beach in the world or choose between a large variety of cultural performances. Read Jaime Robles' guide for a must do and see. 
a city to be learned and heard:

Postcard from New York City

New York City is so packed with delectable curiosities that its inhabitants are prone to cases of FOMO (fear of missing out). Reviewer Rebecca Lentjes is an insider. Read her tips and squeeze the most out of your visit.
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Wilde about The Importance of Being Earnest

Odyssey Opera has unearthed a gem with its production of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s 1962 chamber opera The Importance of Being Earnest, never published and staged only twice previously.
*****
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reviewed in san francisco

Made for SF Ballet

Changes in pace for a brilliantly dynamic company.
****1
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reviewed in new york city

Netrebko a magnificent Tatyana in The Met's Onegin

The evening was dominated by Anna Netrebko, who reprised the role of Tatiana with fresh insights and vocal charisma.  Robin Ticciati led the Met Orchestra to probe a new depth of the score.
*****
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New York CityLeif Ove Andsnes and Marc-André Hamelin

Mozart, Stravinsky, Debussy
Leif Ove Andsnes; Marc-André Hamelin

BrookvilleBeethoven and Also sprach Zarathustra at LIU

Beethoven, Davies, Strauss R.
New York Philharmonic Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Phillip Myers; R. Allen Spanjer; Leelanee Sterrett; Howard Wall

HoustonThe Abduction from the Seraglio

Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Harem)
Thomas Rösner; James Robinson; Houston Grand Opera; Allen Moyer; Anna R. Oliver; Albina Shagimuratova; Lawrence Brownlee

BostonA Far Cry: Dawn to Dusk - Three Haydn Symphonies

Haydn
A Far Cry

New York CityEsa-Pekka Salonen conducts U.S. premiere by Tansy Davies

Beethoven, Davies, Strauss R.
New York Philharmonic Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Phillip Myers; R. Allen Spanjer; Leelanee Sterrett; Howard Wall
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Aspen Santa Fe Ballet: a Gem

Catch this company wherever and whenever you can.
****1
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Juilliard students put on Káťa Kabanová

Sung in English, a performance of Káťa Kabanová lacked the expressive power of the original, but exposed Juilliard Opera students to the marvels of Janáček’s musical style.
***11
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Curated by Justin Peck

Open-ended works provide different angle on Ballet across America
****1
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Mozart in a minor key in Boston

At 71, Radu Lupu continues to amaze. No one gets so much out of a piano with such a light touch and minimum of effort. 
****1
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All-Balanchine

I cannot sufficiently repeat that Peter Martins’ legacy will be measured by the number of outstanding dancers he has nurtured during his tenure.
****1
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