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

This is 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 Los Angeles...
February 2018
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Lisette Oropesa on Donizetti’s heroines

Lisette Oropesa © Jason Homa
In November, Lisette Oropesa made her Royal Opera debut, performing the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor. Here, she discusses her Donizetti roles along with casting problems and critics concerned with looks over voice. 

Bryan Hymel on doing the verismo double

Bryan Hymel © Dario Acosta
Hymel’s career-defining moment came in 2012 when he replaced Jonas Kaufmann a new production of Les Troyens. His career hasn't looked back since. 
focus on opera

Opera on the West Coast: the state of the art

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, home of LA Opera © David Karlin | Bachtrack Ltd
The opera General Directors of Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego tell us about their audiences, their productions, painting a picture of opera on the West Coast that is both different and in rude health.
focus on music education

Carnegie Hall “Links Up” the concert hall and classroom

Link Up in action © Chris Lee
Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute is introducing young people all over the world to orchestral music with its Link Up programme. 
film music focus

John Williams and his early aesthetic

John Williams © Wikimedia Comons
A brief examination of the partly forgotten musical seeds that led to Williams’ distinctive cinematic soundworld

Postcard from Los Angeles

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion © Visitor 7 | Wikimedia Commons
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. 

Postcard from New York City

New York grime in Times Square © Wikicommons
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.

The young face of LA Opera: Matthew Aucoin

Matthew Aucoin © Steven Laxton
Aucoin was just 26 when he started his three years as Artist in Residence at LA Opera. He talks to us about composition, poetry, conducting and the Los Angeles appetite for new music.

Prospecting for operatic gold: John Adams

John Adams and Peter Sellars © Stefan Cohen
Adams's new opera Girls of the Golden West could not be more different from the (nearly) eponymous Puccini favourite. Adams talks to us about the Gold Rush, the opera and new music in general.

Glen Kwok on the Violin Competition of Indianapolis

Jinjoo Cho (South Korea) - 2014 Gold Medalist with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra © Denis R. Kelly, Jr.
The International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, which has been attracting violinists from around the world since 1982, is unique in the-depth career mentorship it offers following victory. 
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SarasotaManon Lescaut

Manon Lescaut
Puccini: Manon Lescaut
Victor DeRenzi; Stephanie Sundine; Sarasota Opera; David P Gordon; Howard Tsvi Kaplan; Sandra Lopez; Matthew Vickers


Bizet: Carmen
John Spencer IV; Martha Collins; Sarasota Opera; David P Gordon; Howard Tsvi Kaplan; Lisa Chavez; Cody Austin

New York CityMusic Before 1800: Ignacio Prego

Music Before 1800: Ignacio Prego
Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV988
Ignacio Prego, Harpsichord

New York CityBernstein's Symphony Dances and Copland's 3rd Symphony

Barber, Bernstein, Copland
New York Philharmonic Orchestra; Joshua Gersen

San FranciscoThe Bliss of Bernstein

Bernstein, Shostakovich
San Francisco Symphony; Andrey Boreyko; Vadim Gluzman
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Salonen revives Wing On Wing... and it flies!

Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
Salonen's tribute to Gehry, Yasuhisa Toyota and Deborah Borda seems to come more from his brilliant visual palette than his emotional heart. 
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Faust brings historically-informed Mendelssohn to Cleveland

Isabelle Faust © Felix Broede
Guest conductor Bernard Labadie introduced Henri-Joseph Rigel’s music to Cleveland, as well as leading Mozart’s Symphony no. 40, K550.
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Sex, angels and cannibalism: Written on Skin

Anthony Roth Costanzo (The Boy) and Lauren Snouffer (Agnès) © Kelly & Massa for Opera Philadelphia
Written on Skin is a cold but effective opera full of musical and dramatic energy. Opera Philadelphia's new staging and talented young cast do it justice.
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A Ravel rave in Boston

Jacques Lacombe © Fred Stucker
Maurice Ravel opened his 1928 tour of the United States conducting a series of concerts with the Boston Symphony featuring his own music.
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Distinctly SF

SFB in Tomasson's On A Theme of Paganini © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco Ballet delivers the distinct and the relevant in a mixed-bill program of choreographic works that includes Ghosts in the Machine.
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