By Johanna Keller
SANTA FE, N.M. – There is no escaping the topicality and pointed political message of the company’s premiere production of Rimsky-Korsakov’s last opera, The Golden Cockerel, which is undergoing a major revival.
By Paul E. Robinson
DIGITAL REVIEW – In a new boxed set, the Takács Quartet gives memorable readings of the Beethoven string quartets, and a valuable book by the group’s first violinist, Edward Dusinberre, explores the challenge of playing them.
By Barbara Jepson
INTERVIEW – With the premiere of a Mason Bates song cycle behind her, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke looks forward to creating the key role of Steve Jobs’ wife in Bates’ The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs at the Santa Fe Opera.
By Keith Powers
LENOX, Mass. – In Vijay Iyer’s Trouble, performed by Jennifer Koh with The Knights orchestra, pastoral melodies are overrun by extended techniques that take the work into funk, jazz, or invitingly minimalist textures.
By James L. Paulk
KATONAH, N.Y. – In the final opera of Will Crutchfield’s twenty-year bel canto venture at the Caramoor Center, soprano Angela Meade gave a stunning performance as the romantically conflicted Imogene in Bellini’s rarity.
By Richard S. Ginell
DIGITAL REVIEW – A new CD pulls together works by Virgil Thomson and four other composers who once served as music critics for the New York Herald-Tribune. It’s a great idea for a concept album, and beautifully executed.
By Rebecca Schmid
BREVARD, N.C. – Perhaps only in the current age of stylistic pluralism may it be possible to reconcile Kurt Weill’s German and American phases. In a mix of scholarly talks and performances, the Brevard Festival takes a stab.
By Kyle MacMillan
DATE BOOK – The hotter months invite you to plug into a new opera about Steve Jobs, enjoy outdoor concerts at ski-country heights, and cruise the Colorado River with concerts at bankside. Here’s a look at mountain area highlights.