By Paul Robinson
DIGITAL REVIEW – In a pairing of recent concertos by Osvaldo Golijov and Christian Lindberg, Swedish clarinetist Emil Jonason showcases not only his technical virtuosity, but also an exceptional flair for generating excitement.
By John Fleming
Breaking the Waves, with music by Missy Mazzoli (right) and libretto by Royce Vavrek, is the first winner of the Music Critics Association of North America’s Best New Opera Award. The presentation will be made July 19 in Santa Fe.
By Rebecca Schmid
BERLIN – Andrew Norman’s educational opera A Trip to the Moon, with the Berlin Philharmonic under Simon Rattle and a large cast of pros and amateurs, is skillfully constructed while leaving an aftertaste of cliché.
By Keith Powers
BOSTON – Adding to its chain of splendid opera productions, the Boston Early Music Festival offered a stylish account of André Campra’s Le Carnaval de Venise, a tale of love and murderous revenge from the age of Louis XIV.
By Mike Greenberg
VICTORIA, Tex. – Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, the new artistic director of the Victoria Bach Festival, signaled Baroque mastery plus an intent to up the festival’s game in modern repertoire and music of Hispanic heritage.
By Richard S. Ginell
OJAI, Calif. – In a festival known for stretching, musicians led by composer-pianist Vijay Iyer went about as far as you can go with improvisations that raised the question, what is the line between music and noise?