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A.C. Douglas
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This 1996 New York Times piece by the awesome (literally) music scholar and critic Richard Taruskin (a piece included in his splendid 2009 collection The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
After reading James R. Oestreich's piece for The New York Times yesterday ("Her Hands Lead, Her Voice Follows"), we decided to take a closer look... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
As in the past, we post this summary of a discussion thread from the venerable opera forum (listserve) Opera-L simply for the purpose of making... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
An extensive thread of posts concerning the cancellation of the Met's HD Live showings of the Met's production of John Adams's opera The Death of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
Here's another brilliant bit of opera commentary from the pen of the almost always on-target Heather Mac Donald. This about the jaded, perverted way of... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
[NOTE: This entry has been updated (2) as of 3:29 PM Eastern on 23 May. See below.] Although there was relatively little comment on the... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
Here's the honest way to do operatic Konzept Regietheater while saving it harmless from being, ipso facto, unmitigated Eurotrash. “Life is a bitter, painful fight”... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
As if in response to the announced death of Joseph Kerman the notable classical music critic and scholar who in his brilliant and seminal 1956... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
Musicologist, author, critic, essayist, and emeritus professor of musicology at University of California, Berkeley Joseph Kerman is dead at 89 after a long illness reports... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
(Left: Actor Steven Boyer / Right: Conductor Christian Thielemann) Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
Her co-directorship contract set to expire in September 2015 along with that of her half-sister and co-director Katharina Wagner, the 68-year-old Eva Wagner-Pasquier has asked... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
Comedy innovator and for many years early TV's guiding comedic genius Sid Caesar is dead at 91 after a brief illness family spokesman Eddy Friedfeld... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
We watched the two-and-a-half hour tribute to the Beatles on CBS last night on the 50th anniversary of their first live performance in America which... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
Although this last episode of Sherlock - Series III is the most successful of the three Series III episodes, it has far too many bizarre,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
This has all the makings of a great opera. All that's necessary is to raise Puccini alive and well from his resting place. Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
A carelessly written, less than insightful, but largely factually accurate old-news-regurgitating article in Slate by one Mark Vanhoenacker headlined "Requiem: Classical music in America is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
When we first heard that doctrinaire 12-tone composer Charles Wuorinen was at work on an opera(!) based on Brokeback Mountain, an essentially tragic short story... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
We've little to say about "The Sign of Three", the second episode of Series III of the PBS Masterpiece Mystery series Sherlock, beyond saying that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
We were more than a little dismayed to read Martin Bernheimer's response to the revival of this Schenk/Schneider-Siemssen Rusalka staging in the review he wrote... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
The Empty Hearse" (what a dreadful Sherlockian pun!), the long-awaited (two years!) first episode of Season III of the PBS Masterpiece Mystery series Sherlock aired... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
The world of classical music has lost another giant. Claudio Abbado, the justly celebrated conductor in both the concert hall and the opera house, died... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
Watched our DVRed copy of this Met HD film last night, our very first Onegin. Its drop-dead gorgeous music notwithstanding, we don't quite get its... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
Wow! We can hardly believe this richly evocative, even quietly passionate (but properly disciplined) review by one Rebecca Marchand for The Boston Musical Intelligencer of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
We stayed with this Web-streamed production until we were absolutely certain there was nothing there (about an hour and a half) and then we cut... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
In response to a number of requests, we offer as an elucidation of our New Year Wish and as our new Featured Past Post the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2014 at Sounds & Fury