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Performer: Morris Robinson

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New York CityNabucco

Verdi: Nabucco
Marco Armiliato; Elijah Moshinsky; Metropolitan Opera; John Napier; Andreane Neofitou; George Gagnidze; Oksana Dyka
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Mirga's Mahler: the Symphony of a Thousand in Birmingham

The CBSO performs Mahler's Symphony no. 8 at Birmingham Symphony Hall © Andrew Fox
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla approached the Eighth with a clear vision of the music’s structure and a plan to free the life that teems beneath its mighty vaults.
****1
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Met’s family-friendly Magic Flute vanquishes the forces of darkness

David Portillo (Tamino) © Karen Almond | Met Opera
New York City's Metropolitan Opera restages its shorter, family-friendly version of Mozart's The Magic Flute with great music and delightful visuals.
*****
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Impassioned Atlanta Mahler 8 strives to achieve balance

Robert Spano © Angela Morriss
Spano marshaled the vast forces with sensitive balance in many moments. But the difficulty of achieving a proper blend amidst the thick timbral texture prevented the performance from reaching transcendence.
***11
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Kitschy, bombastic, virtuosic: the LA Phil and Dudamel’s Mahler 8

Gustavo Dudamel © Vern Evans
Mahler's Eighth was the composer’s “gift to the nation”; Dudamel’s performance was a gift to Los Angeles. 
*****
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Strange and stirring Satyagraha at LA Opera

Sean Panikkar (Gandhi) © Cory Weaver
After appearances in London and New York, Phelim McDermott's bold and imaginative production of Philip Glass’ Satyagraha arrives in Los Angeles.
****1
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