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    Review: A Dazzling ‘Creation’ Brings Light to Lincoln Center

    Review: A Dazzling ‘Creation’ Brings Light to Lincoln Center


    From left, Thomas Tatzl and Christina Landshamer (in tank) and Robin Tritschler in a dazzling production of Haydn’s oratorio “The Creation” at the Mostly Mozart...

    Carlus Padrissa’s staging, conducted by Laurence Equilbey, is part of the new mix of offerings at the Mostly Mozart Festival.
    Review: An Orchestra of Teenagers, but No Apologies Necessary

    Review: An Orchestra of Teenagers, but No Apologies Necessary


    Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America at Carnegie Hall on...

    Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America played a fully professional program under Michael Tilson Thomas.
    How Benny Blanco Became the Most Popular Oddball in Pop Music

    How Benny Blanco Became the Most Popular Oddball in Pop Music


    Benny Blanco is a hitmaking songwriter and producer who estimates that “like 75 percent” of his success has come from being a good...

    The producer and songwriter has worked with Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Rihanna, Kanye West and just about everyone else. Now he’s putting out songs of his own.
    It Was Russia’s Most Popular Opera. Then It Disappeared.

    It Was Russia’s Most Popular Opera. Then It Disappeared.


    Olga Tolkmit, as Tamara, stands over Andrey Valentii (Prince Sinodal) at a rehearsal for Anton Rubinstein’s opera “Demon” at Bard...

    “Demon” by Anton Rubinstein, better known as a virtuoso 19th-century pianist, is getting a rare production at the Bard SummerScape festival.
    Can 48 Artists in 14 Rooms Capture Michael Jackson?

    Can 48 Artists in 14 Rooms Capture Michael Jackson?


    A cover for Interview magazine from 2009 by the artist KAWS is included in the exhibition “Michael Jackson: On the Wall” at the National Portrait Gallery in...

    An exhibition at London’s National Portrait Gallery explores how contemporary artists have responded to Jackson’s complicated image.
    5 Classical Music Concerts to See in N.Y.C. This Weekend

    5 Classical Music Concerts to See in N.Y.C. This Weekend


    Louis Langrée, left, conducting the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in July 2017. This year, he will take the podium on Tuesday and Wednesday evening at David Geffen...

    Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera happening this weekend and in the week ahead.
    Abrons Arts Center to Celebrate a Milestone With Political Work

    Abrons Arts Center to Celebrate a Milestone With Political Work


    “Pollock,” by Fabrice Melquiot, will return to Abron Arts Center as a part of its 2018-19 season with its original...

    Craig Peterson, the artistic director of the center, says the new season will focus how local issues on the Lower East Side mirror national concerns.
    Review: ‘Doctor Atomic’ Brings the Bomb Home to New Mexico

    Review: ‘Doctor Atomic’ Brings the Bomb Home to New Mexico


    Ryan McKinny as J. Robert Oppenheimer in “Doctor Atomic” at Santa Fe Opera, with a gigantic sphere representing nuclear weapons and the desert visible beyond the...

    John Adams and Peter Sellars’s opera about J. Robert Oppenheimer opened in Santa Fe, a short drive from where the story takes place.
    He Gleefully Inhabits the Grateful Dead. No Tie-Dye, Please.

    He Gleefully Inhabits the Grateful Dead. No Tie-Dye, Please.


    The drummer Joe Russo leads a Grateful Dead tribute band that energetically revisits the band’s catalog in inventive...

    Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has gained a loyal following for reinventing the Dead’s quirky songs with extreme tempos and shredding that are anything but laid-back.
    Review: ‘Mass’ Brings Out the Worst in Leonard Bernstein

    Review: ‘Mass’ Brings Out the Worst in Leonard Bernstein


    Nmon Ford, center, as the Celebrant in a scene from the Mostly Mozart Festival production of Leonard Bernstein’s...

    The Mostly Mozart Festival presented Bernstein’s amalgam of Catholic liturgy and countercultural energy from 1971. But what does it mean in 2018?
    Balloons, iPads, Aquarium: A Conductor Creates a ‘Creation’

    Balloons, iPads, Aquarium: A Conductor Creates a ‘Creation’


    The conductor Laurence Equilbey at Lincoln Center, where she will conduct Haydn’s “The Creation” as part of the Mostly Mozart...

    Laurence Equilbey is bringing her ensembles to Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival for a production of Haydn’s oratorio staged by Carlus Padrissa.
    The Gritty Club at the Heart of ‘This Ain’t No Disco’

    The Gritty Club at the Heart of ‘This Ain’t No Disco’


    Samantha Marie Ware, left, and Will Connolly in “This Ain’t No Disco,” a new musical that draws inspiration from the Mudd Club and New York of...

    A new rock opera explores the New York club scene in 1979, with special attention to the Mudd Club, a punk-rock dive in TriBeCa.
    Cliff Richard, British Pop Star, Wins Privacy Suit Against BBC

    Cliff Richard, British Pop Star, Wins Privacy Suit Against BBC


    The singer Cliff Richard spoke to journalists in London on Wednesday after the High Court ruled in his favor in the privacy case he brought against the...

    After a High Court hearing, a judge ordered damages of about $280,000. The case has potential repercussions for the reporting of criminal cases.
    Taking On 19th-Century Opera Stereotypes for the #MeToo Era

    Taking On 19th-Century Opera Stereotypes for the #MeToo Era


    Cecilia Bartoli is bringing a revival of “L’Italiana in Algeri” and her role of Isabella to the Salzburg Festival. She also performed it at the Whitsun in May,...

    One director’s tack is to amplify the characters in a Rossini piece, making them all equally ridiculous, and equally human.
    ‘Everyman’ Anchors Drama at the Salzburg Festival

    ‘Everyman’ Anchors Drama at the Salzburg Festival


    Tobias Moretti has the lead role in “Jedermann,” and Stefanie Reinsperger plays his young lover. More than a dozen performances of the play are scheduled throughout the 2018 Salzburg...

    The one-act morality play, performed annually for decades, maintains its appeal.
    Salzburg Festival Explores Music of Human Passion

    Salzburg Festival Explores Music of Human Passion


    The House for Mozart, once a royal stable, is among the venues where concerts, plays and operas will be performed during the 2018 Salzburg Festival, from Friday to Aug....

    The wide-ranging roster of performances begins with the modern oratorio “St. Luke Passion.”
    At Summer Camp With Mozart and Tchaikovsky

    At Summer Camp With Mozart and Tchaikovsky


    A performance of “Aida” in 2017 at one of the Salzburg Festival’s opera camps. The camps are for children ages 9 to...

    Opera programs for children as young as 9 and a competition for emerging conductors are just two ways the Salzburg Festival is fostering the future.
    Salzburg Pays Tribute to Gottfried von Einem

    Salzburg Pays Tribute to Gottfried von Einem


    A performance of Gottfried von Einem’s opera “Der Prozess” (“The Trial”) at the Salzburg Festival in 1953. It will have a concert performance at this year’s festival, on Aug....

    The festival is acknowledging the composer’s contributions to music and to the rebirth of the festival itself after World War II.
    Les Lieber, Who Served Jazz to the Lunch Crowd, Dies at 106

    Les Lieber, Who Served Jazz to the Lunch Crowd, Dies at 106


    Les Lieber performing at one of the last Jazz at Noon sessions, at the Players club in Manhattan in 2011. Mr. Lieber ran the sessions, at which talented amateur jazz musicians performed alongside top-flight professionals, for more than 45...

    His Jazz at Noon series, which ran for more than 45 years, featured skilled amateur players alongside well-known guest professionals.
    Prototype: An Opera Festival That Actually Earns Its Name

    Prototype: An Opera Festival That Actually Earns Its Name


    From left, Alexis Buffum, Paul Sanchez, Graham Reynolds and Adrian Quesada in “Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance,” one of the productions coming to the Prototype festival next...

    The festival, which has introduced New York audiences to many daring new operas, has announced the lineup for its latest edition in January 2019.
    Trump Has Yet to Award the National Arts Medals for 2016

    Trump Has Yet to Award the National Arts Medals for 2016


    President Ronald Reagan presenting the photographer and filmmaker Gordon Parks with the National Medal of Arts in...

    Other presidents have dawdled, too, but President Trump is the first to go this long without awarding national medals in the arts and humanities.