Blog Profile / The Classical Beat

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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

Blog Post Archive

The worst of Bach

“And After the Fire,” by Lauren Belfer, shows the Achilles’ heel of a great composer

Opera as midlife crisis: A new company takes a fresh look at a classic.

At Victory Hall Opera, singers push the envelope and forge the careers they want.

Notes in Rio: an opening ceremony on a human scale

Rio’s modest budget yielded a more artistic opening ceremony than the whiz-bang norm.

In search of the Mozart effect

“Why You Love Music” shows that music as a commodity is alive and well.

New Sondheim musical — it’s a date.

Stephen Sondheim announces that his anticipated next musical will open in 2017.

When musicals become operas

Glimmerglass spotlights opera-musical divide with operatic musical, weak opera.

“Firebird” at Wolf Trap proves long on statement, short on puppets

An overambitious reimagining of Stravinsky’s ballet is only partly successful.

December concerts in review: student-like recitals, opera, and concertmasters in the spotlight

Local musical highlights have included “Magic Flute,” the pianist Ji, and a controversial NSO review.

“War Requiem:” the conversation continues

My joint review/debate with Greg Sandow about “War Requiem” prompts us to solicit other opinions.

A lost “Lost Childhood.”

Conflict of interest prevents critic from reviewing “Lost Childhood” opera -- what did you think of the show?

Review roundup: Shao, Bailey impress on cello; Kronos plays new Philip Glass quartet; and more

Highlights of DC’s classical concerts from the past week: Chris Thile on mandolin, Cappella Romana sings

Child opera singer goes viral, redux

Amira Willighagen, 9, is new viral sensation; same aria won renown for 10-year-old Jackie Evancho

WNO’s B team earns As in “Forza”

The second cast of “Force of Destiny” at the Washington National Opera was miles better than the first.

Muhly’s “Two Boys” hits Met, misses connection

Nico Muhly’s new internet opera “Two Boys” at the Met tries to touch all bases, but fails to touch the heart.

A musical whose time has gone: Three Post critics take on ‘Phantom’

The new tour now at the Kennedy Center is an exuberant memorial to the decline of taste.

Tastes change, but backstage behavior is as bad as ever

An enchanting rarity at Wolf Trap, “L’Opera Seria” spoofs the art form, and is very funny.

Changing how audiences see and hear opera

Company directors discuss the lasting effects of the Met’s broadcasts.

HD broadcasts, once the future of opera, are now seen by some as its demise

Technology chronicles performances, but may cut into audiences paying for the real thing.

Yuja Wang, NSO play to enthusiastic but small crowd at Wolf Trap

If stars and popular programming can’t draw crowds to an orchestra concert, what can?

A pair of critics on Karel Appel: Two ways of saying ‘meh’

A Phillips Collection exhibit does the artist justice, for better and worse.

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