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Why do some elaborate revisions of operas and musicals draw so much fire, but not others?
“The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” was streamlined to make the original opera more accessible and realistic, but we’re left with something slighter.
The mezzo-soprano Rosalind Elias made her Broadway debut at 82 in the current revival of “Follies.”
One is based on the best-selling novel "Cold Mountain."
A new one-act opera, “A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck,” directed by Francesca Zambello, has its premiere at the Glimmerglass Festival.
Tyne Daly’s portrayal of Maris Callas in “Master Class” vs. Callas herself on recordings of her Juilliard sessions.
In “Annie Get Your Gun” at Glimmerglass, the soprano Deborah Voigt brings clear diction, sweetness and sassiness to the title role.
Words or music? The one that drives the work helps define whether it’s an opera or a musical.
Outdoors on a noisy Friday night on the streets of New York, a young musician happens by a painted piano and does what comes naturally: He plays it.
Sutton Foster says she wants to be known “as an actress who sings and dances.” But this is far from the way she started off.
“Séance on a Wet Afternoon” is Stephen Schwartz’s operatic version of the 1964 British film.
Michael Tilson Thomas shared the roots of his musicianship and theatrical instincts in “The Thomashefskys,” performed with the New York Philharmonic.
With the opera "Anna Nicole" opening this week, Anthony Tommasini explores part of London's musical past.
Lucas has a passion for the Romantics.
Things are going great for Mr. Thomas at both jobs.
Michael Tilson Thomas, the founder and artistic director of the New World Symphony, just loves the Seikilos epitaph.
I had no idea that these articles, videos and blog posts would stir up such a lively, informed and passionate online conversation, with, so far, 2,637 comments from readers.
Music lovers have long been understandably enthralled with Chopin, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Berlioz, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Brahms and their Romantic brethren.
The sad truth is that until relatively recent decades, women have had severely limited opportunities within all the arts, especially music and, even more, composition.
Verdi and Wagner were great students of Beethoven, and their operas have symphonic sweep, architectonic integrity and orchestral richness galore. In addition, you cannot discount their endur…
Though Debussy was born in 1862 and died in 1918, this path-breaker has to be considered a 20th-century giant.
The argument for Mozart as the greatest composer ever would be based on his astounding versatility.
Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert: What made Vienna such a hotbed?
In videos and posts on ArtsBeat over the next two weeks Anthony Tommasini will explore the qualities that make a classical composer great, maybe even the best of all time.
Yonghoon Lee wins admirers for his work in "Don Carlo."
Virgil Thomson, who grew up in a Baptist family and was a church organist in his youth, was never susceptible to religion, even as a child. Yet like his student Mr. Rorem, Thomson wrote many…
I am more sympathetic to the goals behind festivals in general and was drawn into this one, despite reservations.