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Berg's Lulu has returned to the Met, in a generally strong, haunting production by William Kentridge. There is early praise from Anthony Tommasini and Anne Midgette; my review will appear a week from Monday.

The Problem Isn’t Blackface In Opera, It’s Opera’s Scarcity Of Black Faces

Anne Midgette moderates a conversation between five rising african-american opera singers – Alyson Cambridge, Soloman Howard, Kenneth Kellogg, Deborah Nansteel, and Russell Thomas – about the issues they face in their careers in 2015. (The makeup in Otello is not one of them.)

An Answer To Something Noted

last monthMusic / Classical : Sounds

Alex Ross, classical music critic for The New Yorker, writes on his blog: Russell Thomas, speaking to Anne Midgette [here]: "The conversation about blackface is...


Russell Thomas, speaking to Anne Midgette: "The conversation about blackface is a distraction. It’s not about whether or not Mr. Antonenko was painted dark. It’s also not about whether whites should be allowed to sing Porgy and Bess. It’s about...


Anne Midgette on the downside of the Steinway monopoly: "Western piano technology has thrived on competition and innovation — witness the Classical period, when Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and their contemporaries were constantly trying out different instruments, and manufacturers were constantly...

Some Ranting and the Ciociara Media Round-Up

My review is posted. No links yet for Janos Gereben or Allan Ulrich's reviews. Joshua Kosman, Chron Anne Midgette, Washington Post Stephen Smoliar, Zachary Wolfe, NYTimes David Wright, Classical Review Michael Ferguson in...Show More Summary

Search Party

Over on Facebook - I can't quite believe I am writing this - there's an interesting discussion of open or soon-to-be-open orchestral posts. The discussion started when Anne Midgette posted a link to her article about Christoph Eschenbach's...Show More Summary

Eschenbach Leaving NSO

Christoph Eschenbach, the music director of the National Symphony Orchestra, will become conductor laureate at the end of the 2016-17 season. A search committee has been formed to determine who his successor will be. Anne Midgette has a fine article about Eschenbach's tenure that pulls no punches. Show More Summary

Alan Gilbert Media Roundup

Might as well! Michael Cooper breaks the story......and talks a bit about possible (types of) successors Anne Midgette writes thoughtfully about what worked and didn't with Gilbert and whether his changes will last. Her remarks on Gilbert in the core repertory certainly accord with what I heard during his guest appearances in SF. Justin Davidson Anastasia Tsioulcas George Grella

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.

You Are My Hero, Andy Doe

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

Talking headspace

3 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 ]

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