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Into the woods of musicals’ sounds: Two critics on what sings on stage and screen

The impending opening of “Into the Woods” prompted music critic Anne Midgette and theater critic Nelson Pressley to compare notes on their very different takes on the last major movie of a Sondheim musical, Tim Burton’s “Sweeney Todd,” and on what makes a movie musical work.Read full article >>

More on 2014

Over at WQXR, Anne Midgette, David Patrick Stearns, and Zachary Woolfe have an excellent wrap-up of the year's highlights and lowlights. Also worth noting is a comprehensive list by George Grella. He's absolutely right about the Harbison disc — the...

Part of the Answer, At Least

Here's Alex Ross talking to Gabe Meline at KQED about classical music criticism, the job, in connection with the Rubin Institute.And a Twitter exchange with Anne Midgette: (That should be Joshua Rifkin, of course.)

Publicity Comes in All Shapes and Colors

From the Washington Post comes news that pianist Dejan Lazic has asked that the paper remove a concert review written by critic Anne Midgette back in 2010. His request is based on the European Union's Right to Be Forgotten ruling.Oy vey. Show More Summary

Two critics face off over “War Requiem” as performed by the BSO with Marin Alsop

Anne Midgette: I’ve had a couple of chances this month to weigh in on Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem,” a work that I admire in theory, but have never managed to love. Britten would have been 100 on Nov. 22, and the “War Requiem” — premiered...Show More Summary

Anne Midgette review: Wagner’s ‘Parsifal’ is a fine fit for NSO’s classical concert staging

To mark one of classical music’s notable bicentennials, Washington’s fall season has gotten underway with a double dose of Wagner. First, there was “Tristan und Isolde” at the Washington National Opera in September, in which the conducting took precedence over the nice, unobjectionable staging. Show More Summary

US Coast Guard Foundation Presents US$400,000 Check

Anne Brengle, president of the Coast Guard Foundation, presented the check to Rear Adm. Fred Midgette, commander of the Coast Guard 9th District at a ceremony in Cleveland.

Pianist breaks into Yiddish on world stage

10 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Yevgeny Kissin was playing music by forgotten Russian composers at the Kennedy Center, D.C., when the urge overcame him to recite Yiddish poetry from memory. So he did. Reports here from John  Podhoretz and here from Anne Midgette.   There was no yeidel-deedle-deidel charm here, limited sweetness, little light. These were anxious musical pieces and anxious poems, […]

You Are My Hero, Andy Doe

Read his comeback to the "but classical music is dying" crowd, and also Anne Midgette.

Talking headspace

2 years agoArts : Parterre Box

Our Own JJ (pictured) joins in the debate over the Düsseldorf Tannhäuser with Anne Midgette and John Berry.

Carter Obituaries & Blog Postings

There'll be more. Allan Kozinn in the NY Times Mark Berry (Boulezian) Anne Midgette in the WashPost Alex Ross Patty Mitchell (OboeInsight) Tim Mangan Boosey & Hawkes

The State of Opera Today

A roundtable discussion including one of my favorite music critics, Anne Midgette, on NPR. [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

A Remaining Question

If you read through the comments at the NY Times on either of the two articles about ONGate and over at Anne Midgette's blog posting, you'll see a couple of thoughts surfacing with some regularity: There's an inherent conflict of interest when somebody at ON reviews the Met. Show More Summary

‘Aaron Barnhart post struck a chord with me’

Letter to Romenesko From ANNE MIDGETTE, classical music critic, Washington Post: Your post about Aaron Barnhart struck a chord with me, because I encountered something similar when I went on maternity leave from October to January. During my almost-three-month absence, I had a lot of readers contact me and contact my editors to ask what … Read More

Opera takes a look at the 1950s fitness and dance crazes

3 years agoArts : Arts Post

If you remember Charles Atlas and Arthur Murray, or just love “Mad Men” and the 1950s, then “Positions 1956” might be for you. That’s the theme of an opera-in-the-making. Anne Midgette, the Washington Post classical music critic, reminds us that there is a workshop Wednesday night at 7:30 at Artisphere on this work. Read full article >>

Contest Reactions, Here and There

Time to start tracking the reactions around the blogosphere: Anne Midgette throws down a gauntlet that I am looking at squinty-eyed. Elaine Fine at Musical Assumptions is "taken aback;" not entering but answering the first question anyway. Show More Summary

More on Golijov

Osvaldo Golijov defends his work Sidereus, in an interview with Dan Wakin of the New York Times. Anne Midgette has also been musing on the matter. As I commented in a New Yorker blog post, I hope very much that...

Links: Julia Fischer; Kronos Quartet

Reviews from the weekend past: Julia Fischer dazzled at the Sixth and I Synagogue, reviewed by Anne Midgette. The Kronos Quartet joins musicians from Azerbaijan, reviewed by Samatha Buker. Read full article >>

Links: Blomstedt delights at NSO; Emerson Quartet; more

In Friday’s Washington Post: Herbert Blomstedt lets the music speak for itself with the NSO, by Anne Midgette. Edited to add: Charles T. Downey offers a contrasting view. Florian Boesch hits high note at Kennedy Center, by Joe Banno. Read full article >>

Will conductors ever learn?

I had an interesting head-to-head yesterday on WQXR with Anne Midgette of the Washington Post and Jesse Rosen of the Symphony League as to whether maestros can overcome past conduct and evolve into a more user-friendly species. The conversation arose out of the Roberto Minczuk and Mark Gorenstein issues raised on this site, but it [...]

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