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December 9, 2010

Puccini’s 100-Year-Old Girl

Julian Sachs
Met general manager Gatti-Casazza, David Belasco, Toscanini and Puccini at the time of the world premiere of La Fanciulla del West © T.P./Lebrecht Music & Arts 2010

2010 marks the centennial of Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West, premiered in New York. The Italian Cultural Institute celebrated by hosting a panel of experts and announcing the...

November 1, 2010

Classical New York 2.0

Julian Sachs
Julian Sachs
A scene from Wagner's "Das Rheingold" in Robert Lepage's production. Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

For our first piece of this season, the ups and downs of the first month of operas at the Met. Plus, what we can look forward to in November.

September 29, 2010

New 'Adventures' with Fred Plotkin

Julian Sachs

As the classical music scene in New York picks up where it left off three months ago, opera expert Fred Plotkin leads the fourth season of talks, Adventures in Italian Opera, at...

April 30, 2010

Ending it With a Blast

Julian Sachs
Act I of Mary Zimmerman's new production of Rossini's "Armida" at the Met

The final weeks of the 2009-2010 season, with new productions and repertoire, Muti's final concerts with the New York Philharmonic and Pollini's all-Chopin recitals.

March 31, 2010

Classical Springtime

Julian Sachs
Zeffirelli's Paris in "La Boheme", at the Met since 1981.

March offered us new and old productions at the Met, the reprise of "Madama Butterfly" at New York City Opera, and two Muti programs with the Philharmonic. April promises lots of...