Arts Corner


Met’s stellar production of Mussorgsky classic is a must-see at its November 10th encore broadcast
Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov has always been an anomaly among operas. In addition to hovering, like much Russian opera, on the periphery of our Italian- and German-dominated repertoire, it has for most of its history been performed in a souped-up re-orchestration by Rimsky-Korsakov that glazes over much of its austere, at times intentionally raw flavor.

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Bel canto classic at the Lyric

DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES: Lyric Opera presents classic tale of love, politics, betrayal and friendship
When men flake out, women just have to look after themselves — and each other. That’s a primary lesson in Norma, Vincenzo Bellini’s 1831 opera about love, betrayal, heroism and female friendship, which opens November the 6th at the Lyric Opera.

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REVIEW: Lyric Opera finds chemistry in company premiere of Bellini classic

Considering the number of elements that must come together for an operatic production to succeed, it’s a miracle that it ever happens. When it does, it’s sometimes hard to say why it does, but it nonetheless makes for an extremely satisfying evening of theater.

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REVIEW: Cello-piano duo offers frustrating night at the Folly
Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero and French cellistGautier Capuçon are acclaimed musicians with international careers, and their gifts on their respective instruments are prodigious. Gautier has made a mark in collaborations with his brother, violinist Renard, and Gabriela you might remember from her appearance at President Obama’s inauguration withItzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma.

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Alessio Bax plays on Harriman-Jewell Series

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Pianist takes less obvious routes to career, music-making
Alessio Bax has made a career of taking roads less traveled. The Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient from Bari, Italy has circled the globe performing the widest variety of music, not just in Europe and Asia but in Tel Aviv and Mexico City.

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