Anthony Tommasini

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They Were Ahead of the Curve on Diversity in Classical Music… A timely story about an inspiring and essential organization
In Life and Music, Ned Rorem Was Unwaveringly Himself…
Ned Rorem, Composer Known for Both His Music and His Diaries, Dies at 99… A true man of music and letters, the irreplaceable New Rorem, has died
“The only way to give dignity to a piece is to listen to it,” Beatrice Rana said. “It needs to be played. It needs to be heard.”…
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Is the New York Philharmonic’s Swanky New Space Falling Short?… via @NewYorker Alex Ross's initial report on the design & acoustics of the "new" more intimate David Geffen Hall; I share some of his reservations, though tweaks & adjustments are underway
She Knew the Cello. The Acting She Learned With Cate Blanchett.… Excellent headline for a revealing interview with the compelling cellist who wound up being cast in a crucial role in "Tar"
Jakub Hrusa Set to Lead Royal Opera House… A youthful, accomplished Czech conductor, Jakub Hrusa, will be leading the Royal Opera in London, an artist who strongly impressed me in his 2017 NY Philharmonic debut…
What is an orchestra capable of? What is possible? Watch this stunning, inspiring video of the fearless artists of the Geneva Camerata playing Shostakovich's Fifth from memory while dancing hip hop and krump with brilliant collaborators…
How the Philharmonic’s New Home Sounds, From Any Seat… I basically agree with Zack Woolfe and other critics that the acoustics in the "new" hall are clear, honest, balanced, but lack a little bloom and enveloping richness; there's tweaking to be done
This really is Mel Brooks at his best, and what a story about Cary Grant…
Review: Igor Levit Takes on a Shostakovich Kaleidoscope… A momentous marathon recital with the stunningly brilliant, sensitive, probing pianist Igor Levit playing Shostakovich's complete 24 preludes and fugues--ended at 11 pm! A vivid NY Times review
A disturbing video of Florida citizens being arrested by DeSantis's new election security task force even through they were given registration forms by officials; you also feel for the officers being forced into this uncomfortable position…
In New York, Masks Will Not Be Required at the Opera or Ballet… What very welcome news
Review: A Tenor Claims His Place Among the Met Opera’s Stars… I was intensely anticipating Allan Clayton in "Peter Grimes" at the Met and, after Josh Barone's review, I can't wait to see it on Saturday
After Decades, the Philharmonic’s Hall Sounds and Feels More Intimate… First impressions of the acoustics at the "new" hall continue to be encouraging, though, as Zack Woolfe suggests here, tweaking must continue & it will take months to truly assess
In ‘Tár,’ a Female Maestro Falls Into the Same Old Traps… A very interesting and insightful take on "Tar" by Zack Woolfe
Nathalie Stutzmann Ushers In a New Era at the Atlanta Symphony… David Allen spoke with the impressive conductor Nathalie Stutzmann as she begins a new era in Atlanta, but her unabashed preference for pre-20th century repertory is very disappointing
Angela Lansbury, Star of Film, Stage and ‘Murder, She Wrote,’ Dies at 96… One of the greats. In 1979 I saw "Sweeney Todd" on Broadway three times; 31 years later I has honored to interview her for an NY Times "Arts & Leisure Weekend" event
David Geffen Hall Reopens After $550 Million Renovation… A team of New York Times critics, editors & reporters offers almost instantaneous posts, items, videos and photos of the "new" David Geffen Hall on opening day--impressively comprehensive coverage
The inaugural team selfie, taken from the stage of the new David Geffen Hall @LincolnCenter. These are the amazing people - engineers, workers, designers - who made this happen. Thank you. They built this.
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What I’ve Learned in 60 Years of Listening to the Philharmonic… That the massively renovated David Geffen Hall is about to open prompted me to recall my teenage encounters with the New York Philharmonic and concerts I've heard over six decades
An Opera Festival That Keeps Faith With Shutdown’s Innovations… I covered the first adventurous Opera Philadelphia festival for the NY Times in 2017, seeing five operas in 72 hours. Glad to see it's ongoing…
Review: The War in Ukraine Looms Over an Orchestra’s Debut… Josh Barone, from Germany, on the "complicated artistry" and conductor Teodor Currentzis and his new orchestra
A Notoriously Jinxed Concert Hall Is Reborn, Again… Michael Kimmelman's vivid, very encouraging and insightful report on the massively renovated David Geffen Hall, also offering an astute and comprehensive overview of this jinxed hall's history
A Trio of Dangerous Women in a Met Opera Week to Remember… The Met season opens with a one-two-three punch from three fearsome women on three successive nights, Zack Woolfe writes
Review: In the Met Opera’s ‘Medea,’ a Soprano Stands Alone… A new season opens with the Met Opera's first production of "Medea," Zack Woolfe reports in a compelling review
The Met Opera Takes on ‘Medea’ in the Shadow of Maria Callas… I think that Callas would be gratified that a fearless soprano of today is honoring Callas's legacy taking on one of her iconic roles
Tommasini Joins Extension Faculty… An short interview with me for the Juilliard Journal as I go back into a classroom
It's no surprise that Roger Federer's farewell announcement to competitive tennis is so gracious, modest and eloquent. A class act, as always. And in the ways that matter, he is tennis's GOAT…
What Music to Expect at Queen Elizabeth II’s Funeral… A helpful, fascinating and timely survey of what British music has been performed at royal funerals over centuries
Zack Woolfe’s interesting take on the new John Adams opera…
I wrote the New York Times obituary of Lars Vogt, a pianist of rare collaborative gifts, who said that he tried “to get the sound out of the keyboard, rather than into it.”…
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The Philadelphia Orchestra tonight played “Nimrod” and the national anthem, and those alone, in what has become an unscheduled Last Night of the Proms.…
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An American Leads the Odesa Philharmonic to Berlin… Inspiring interview with the dedicated conductor who has led the Odesa Philharmonic for 30 years
John Adams, an American Master at 75… A timely interview with the composer John Adams, including a critical overview of his work and career, by Joshua Barone
A Star Maestro, Fighting Brain Cancer, Finds Peace in Music… A beautiful interview and sensitive report on Michael Tilson Thomas's return to Tanglewood
INBOX: Daniel Barenboim withdraws from his planned "Ring" cycles in October, for health reasons.
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5 Classical Music Albums You Can Listen to Right Now…
Live Performance Is Back. But Audiences Have Been Slow to Return.…
A tremendous pianist playing works by a fascinating and undervalued composer…
Review: A Ukrainian Orchestra Speaks With Quiet Intensity… "But make no mistake: The men and women of the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra are fighting."
She Made Glimmerglass a True Festival. Now She’s Moving On.… Here's my NY Times story about Francesca Zambello's final season as director of the Glimmerglass Festival, and the production photos of the shows are beautiful
A Conductor Comes Into His Own in the Opera Pit… Really interesting NYT interview with an outstanding younger conductor whose work I've admired for years, notably a 2015 NY Philharmonic concert with an Andrew Norman premiere…
Upending Expectations for Indigenous Music, Noisily…
An Orchestra Supports Ukraine, and Reunites a Couple Parted by War… A gripping and inspiring story
At the Salzburg Festival, Riches, Retreads and Notes of Caution…
Review: An Opera’s Exquisite Brutality Arrives in America… I was honored to review the 2018 London premiere of "Lessons in Love and Violence," which has finally arrived in America…
Too Darn Hot: How Summer Stages Are Threatened by Climate Change… Long-popular open-air performance spaces for operas and plays are now grappling with global warming
Review: A New ‘Ring’ at Bayreuth Does Wagner Without Magic… Think a "Ring" without magic makes no sense? Well, here is Zack Woolfe's engaging critique, and analysis, of Bayreuth's new production of Wagner's epic.
Theater at Geffen Hall to Be Named for Two Key Donors… A just honor for an extraordinary gift
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