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Matthew Gurewitsch

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Diva’s Welcome Back An interview with French composer Marc-André Dalbavie, whose Le Soulier de Satin, based on the play by Paul Claudel, marks the Paris Opera’s reopening

May 14, 2021

Opera Pick of the Week Anthony Davis commemorates the massacre that rocked Tulsa 100 years ago with Fire Across the Tracks, part of the Tulsa Opera’s pandemic recital program Greenwood Overcomes

May 14, 2021

Opera Pick of the Week A digital reboot of the Houston Grand Opera’s Marian’s Song features a libretto by the city’s first Black poet laureate

May 7, 2021

Opera Pick of the Week The Los Angeles Opera mounts a rare revival of Joseph Bologne’s L’Amant Anonyme with a cast from its young-artists program

April 30, 2021

Opera Pick of the Week Daniel Catán adapts Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Rappaccini’s Daughter” for a Chicago Opera Theater Spanish-language performance

April 23, 2021

Opera Pick of the Week The Zurich Opera streams a new production of Jacques Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann by Andreas Homoki

April 16, 2021

A Happy Accident Fame didn’t come overnight for Tony-winning actor John Cullum. The film An Accidental Star traces his road from the American South to the Broadway stage

April 16, 2021

Opera Pick of the Week Munich’s Bavarian State Opera streams Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, starring American mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey

April 9, 2021

Opera Pick of the Week American soprano Julia Bullock presents a virtual recital alongside pianist Laura Poe

April 2, 2021

Opera Pick of the Week Sir David McVicar’s Met Opera staging of Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux, starring Sondra Radvanovsky as Britain’s first Queen Elizabeth

March 26, 2021

Making Waves Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek adapt Lars von Trier’s Breaking the Waves, awarded the 1996 Golden Palm in Cannes, for Opera Philadelphia

March 19, 2021

Opera Pick of the Week Live from Florence, pianist Hershey Felder’s musical ode to Puccini

March 11, 2021

Opera Pick of the Week A new performance of von Weber’s Freischütz by Dmitri Tcherniakov, streaming from the Bavarian State Opera in Munich

March 3, 2021

Opera Pick of the Week Productions of the Holocaust-era Der Kaiser von Atlantis spanning both sides of the Atlantic, from the Deutsche Oper am Rhein and the Atlanta Opera

February 26, 2021

Opera Pick of the Week The Met Opera honors Dmitri Hvorostovsky with seven nights of streamed performances, including Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, with Renée Fleming

February 19, 2021

Opera Pick of the Week A new presentation of David T. Little’s Soldier Songs, starring baritone Johnathan McCullough and available for streaming by the Opera Philadelphia

February 12, 2021

Opera Pick of the Week The Metropolitan Opera’s 1983 production of Berlioz’s Les Troyens, starring Jessye Norman as Cassandra

February 5, 2021

Island in the Stream Rapa Nui native Mahani Teave learned to play the piano on her island’s only instrument. Here, an interview with the classical pianist

February 5, 2021

Opera Pick of the Week De Mondonville’s Titon et l’Aurore, by William Christie, Basil Twist, and Paris’s Opéra Comique …

January 29, 2021

Do the Twist More than 20 years after the puppeteer Basil Twist debuted his genre-defying response to Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique,” a film version is available for streaming

January 22, 2021

Heart On His Sleeve Following a new Otello that streamed to thousands, the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino’s Alexander Pereira on directing opera mid-pandemic

December 23, 2020

Good Pluck The Israeli mandolinist Avi Avital is gaining world recognition for his delightful mastering of the string instrument

December 18, 2020

In Love and Song In Vienna, a new exhibition showcases the lives of Jan Kiepura and Marta Eggerth, husband-and-wife stars of opera and operetta on both sides of the Atlantic

December 4, 2020

A Symphony For Our Time Conceived by the conductor Marin Alsop with the imprimatur of Carnegie Hall, “Global Ode to Joy” collects clips by concert royalty around the world

November 25, 2020