Anthony Tommasini

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Exciting news from an adventurous pianist and conductor…
Opera’s Lack of Diversity Extends to Offstage, a Study Shows…
The Netrebko Question… A very fair and compelling examination of the tangle of questions over what classical music institutions should do about valued artists with close ties to Putin
San Antonio Symphony to Dissolve Amid Labor Dispute… Distressing news from San Antonio with the decision to dissolve the orchestra
At Cliburn Competition, Pianists From South Korea, Russia and Ukraine Triumph… The results are in from the Cliburn competition, with the top prize going to a pianist only 18 years old
New York Philharmonic Chooses Arts Veteran as Leader… With an innovative transition plan, the New York Philharmonic has announced a successor to Deborah Borda, its dynamic, visionary President and CEO
In a Jam-Packed Weekend at Ojai, a Musical Family Gathers… Even by Ojai standards, this year's festival organized by the interdisciplinary artists of the American Modern Opera Company, was wildly adventurous, Zack Woolfe reports.
At the Met This Season, Opera Was Icing on the Cake… A perceptive lookback at the just-completed Met Opera season from Zachary Woolfe
Russian and Ukrainian Pianists Meet in Texas at Cliburn Competition… A sensitive story about young pianists trying to balance artistic achievement and political responsibility
A Young Horn Player Could Become ‘a Real Legend’… An inspiring story
Review: Beatrice Rana Plays Tchaikovsky at Human Scale… Excellent review of a terrific concert, with the superb Beatrice Rana, riveting and revealing, lyrical and brilliant in the Tchaikovsky concerto
Opera’s ‘Island of Misfit Toys’ Takes Its Biggest Stage Yet… Classical music is counting on courageous artists like these "misfit toys" for its future
5 Classical Music Albums You Can Listen to Right Now…
Review: A Big Baritone Sound at Play in an Intimate Setting… Austin was excellent in a supporting, yet crucial role in "Hamlet" at the Met
‘I Would Love to Sing Lucia’: A Male Soprano Comes Into His Own… "Lucia?" Why not? Great interview
Robert Ainsley, mentored by Francesca Zambello at Washington National Opera, will replace her as director of the Glimmerglass Festival.…
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In Cleveland, Schubert Outsings Even the Mighty ‘Otello’… Zachary Woolfe, back at the home hall of the Cleveland Orchestra, with reports on gripping performances of Schubert and Verdi
With Her First Opera, Rhiannon Giddens Returns to Her Roots… An excellent profile, and enticing preview, of a composer and her first opera
I'm excited to be moderating a Q&A with the great director Mike Leigh following a screening on May 29, 5pm, at the Walter Reade Theater of "Topsy-Turvy," his exhilarating, insightful 1999 film about Gilbert & Sullivan and the creation of "The Mikado."…
Review: The Met’s ‘Akhnaten’ Takes a Post-Grammys Victory Lap… A critical and box office hit in 2019, "Akhnaten" has returned to the Met
Review: After 36 Years, a Malcolm X Opera Sings to the Future… A bold new production in Detroit of "X", the 1986 opera by Anthony Davis, will arrive at the Met Opera in 2023
A must-see new opera at the Met. That's always exciting news.…
Teresa Berganza, Charismatic Star of the Opera Stage, Dies at 89… One of the greats has died, leaving a legacy of classic recordings
Review: A Conductor Unearths Rarities. Will People Listen?…
Review: Handel’s ‘Serse,’ With Yuks and Exquisite Playing…
The Pulitzer Prize Winner That Emerged Out of a Time of Quietness…
Review: Igor Levit Arrives at the Philharmonic, at Last… An extraordinary pianist, exciting and insightful as ever, in the Brahms First Concerto
‘Into the Woods’ Review: Some Enchanted Evening… I can't wait to see it
‘To Be or Not to Be’: Is It the Question or the Point?… An insightful explanation of why Shakespeare's text had to be boldly adapted to make an opera out of "Hamlet"
A Monkish Conductor Who Expressed His Faith Through Music… Another dive into another major maestro from David Allen. I knew Mitropoulos was also a pianist, but not that he could get through Prokofiev's daunting 3rd Concerto, while conducting too
Some new recordings recommendations from New York Times critics--all enticing.…
Review: Nico Muhly’s Moody Concerto for Two Pianos… A vivid and persuasive review by the critic Oussama Zahr, a fresh voice at the New York Times
Dropping Anna Netrebko, the Met Turns to a Ukrainian Diva… Monastyrska proved a lustrous, exciting Aida in her Met debut; that a Ukrainian soprano is replacing Netrebko for this "Turandot" sends a powerful message
Review: In ‘Lucia’ at the Met, a Modern Woman Comes Undone…
Nicholas Angelich, Ocean-Straddling Pianist, Dies at 51… In a week of loss for classical music, a bold, distinctive pianist has died in the prime of life
Radu Lupu, Pianist Who Awed Listeners, Is Dead at 76… An insightful obit of a deeply sensitive artist
"One of the finest leaders this institution has ever known is stepping down," says A.G. Sulzberger
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Joe Kahn Is Named Next Executive Editor of The New York Times… As anticipated, the impressive Joe Kahn will be the next Executive Editor of the Times
RIP Radu Lupu. His was the most magical music-making I’ve ever heard live. He once told me: ‘I’m not really a pianist…but I know how to play phrases’. Now clinging to the memories of him&his sounds. On a happier day,I tried to write about his art @nybooks…
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Helping Music Audiences Get Beyond the Shock of the Contemporary… In 2004, after a performance of his song cycle "Pulse Shadows" in New York, Birtwistle took questions from the audience, including hostile ones, which he answered with disarming honestly
Harrison Birtwistle, Fiercely Modernist Composer, Dies at 87… Excellent NY Times obit of a formidable composer who wrote unabashedly challenging, utterly compelling works, including audacious, important operas
When Classical Music Was an Alibi… An insightful and timely essay
Very good news for classical music. Rachel is a superb editor.…
I spoke to Yefim Bronfman about the piano sonatas of Galina Ustvolskaya, a composer whose work, he said is "very different from anything else I have ever played in my life."…
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Franz Mohr, Piano Tuner to the Stars, Is Dead at 94… Wonderful NY Times obit on Franz Mohr, unknown to the music-loving public, but crucial to many great pianists.
Singing, and Signing, Beethoven’s ‘Fidelio’ in Los Angeles… "I am his the hearing audience; he is my body and my action and my intent," says Ryan Speedo Green.
Two Musicians of Color Are Creating Their Own Space… A new work arrives from two of the most exciting and significant classical music artists
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