OperaHub’s Christmas Dinner

December 8, 2012

I’M late with a report on OperaHub‘s recent production of Hindemith’s The Long Christmas Dinner, based on a libretto by Thornton Wilder. I haven’t caught up with OperaHub in a while, whose youthful, witty, intelligent, and savvy spirit manages to make opera pretty damn cool and accessible. Their productions are free (not to say they […]


The Midsummer What?

November 18, 2012

Highest props to the formidable Gil Rose to picking up a production of Tippet’s Midsummer Marriage left in the dust by Opera Boston’s demise and putting it on in a not unambitious semi-staging at Jordan Hall. I’ve long maintained that Gil Rose and his band, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, is the one classical (perhaps […]


My Weekend at Tanglewood

August 8, 2012

Itook last Friday off work, rented a car, and drove out to Lenox with my girlfriend for a relaxing weekend in the Berkshires, where the clean air and small town quaintness made it difficult to return to urban apartment life. We booked two nights at the Summer White House, a small B&B pleasantly situated on […]


Kicking It with K2

March 1, 2012

A Far Cry’s recent program featured string duo K2 (A Far Cry bassist Karl Doty and his childhood friend Kip Jones) in the premiere of Jones’ concerto “Three Views of a Mountain.”


Puppets & Performance Art: 69°S (The Shackleton Project)

February 9, 2012

Antarctic artiness at the Paramount.


Three Pianos and a Little Schubert at the A.R.T.

December 17, 2011

The A.R.T. throws a killer Schubertiade.


Boston Premiere of Laurie Anderson’s “Delusion”

September 28, 2011

John Stephen Dwyer reviews Laurie Anderson’s new touring show Delusion.


Audio Slideshow: Discovery Ensemble

September 25, 2011

Marisa Gjurgevich speaks with Discovery Ensemble’s Music Director Courtney Lewis.


On Porgy and Bess

September 11, 2011

On the A.R.T.’s “Porgy and Bess” and adaptation.


Midsummer Dreamscapes: Boston Lyric Opera’s “Dream”

May 6, 2011

BLO closes out its season with a lucid production of Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


Sex and the City (of Rome): BLO’s “Agrippina”

March 17, 2011

Handel’s “Agrippina” describes the title character’s attempt to install her son Nero as emperor, or at least heir, to her husband (and uncle) Claudius’ throne. You might remember something similar from the last episode of I, Claudius (and Claudius the God), but Handel’s librettist Cardinal Vincenzo Grimani had his own take on things and it […]


Meta-Minimalism and OperaHub’s “The Four-Note Opera”

March 13, 2011

It’s long past the short run of OperaHub‘s production of Tom Johnson’s 1972 The Four-Note Opera, but I owe a few words to this hilarious show from a company that’s doing big things in the fringe opera scene. This production marked the close of their season, as they move to rename and re-orient themselves (and […]


Death in Atlantis: The BLO”s “Emperor of Atlantis”

February 5, 2011

Boston Lyric Opera is nailing it with its Opera Annex productions. Last year’s Turn of the Screw was a hugely anticipated smash hit and this season’s production of Victor Ullmann’s The Emperor of Atlantis is something of a surprise hit, continuing the record of sold-out runs. Obviously, the BCA’s Calderwood Pavilion doesn’t make quite as […]


A Clown, a Ballerina, and a Moore: Basil Twist’s “Petrushka”

November 13, 2010

Puppets playing puppets much better than Diaghilev’s dancers ever could.


Operatic Beastiality: Guerilla Opera’s “Heart of a Dog”

September 19, 2010

Fringe opera at its best in a smart meta-satire…with plenty of sex and gore.


MetroWest Opera presents “The Magic Flute” with a boarding school twist

May 2, 2010

More fringe opera coverage from Erin Huelskamp; MetroWest Opera sets The Magic Flute in a 1920s boarding school.


Slideshow: The BSO puts on a fashion show

April 17, 2010

Ryan Howell brings us photos from the BSO’s Project Tchaikovsky.


Techno gone twisted: Lukas Ligeti’s “Afrikan Machinery” is eclectic and shifting to the extreme

March 22, 2010

Erin Huelskamp reviews Lukas Ligeti’s (yes, they’re related) “Afrikan Machinery” and previews his concert @ the Axiom Gallery this Thursday.


The Yes Wave: Whitehaus happenings and a conversation with Morgan Shaker

March 18, 2010

John Stephen Dwyer previews Blastfest III, the 12 hour equinox concert event this Saturday @ the Cambridge YMCA Theater.


Audio Slideshow: Radius Ensemble

March 15, 2010

Boston lowbrow brings you one of Boston’s best new music chamber ensembles.