The Flying Dutchman leaves port

 It’s too bad there were only two performances of Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman.” It was so well-sung and well-played, I wish more people could have seen it. Here’s the review for the Business Courier. Now, on to “Another Brick in the Wall”!! Here’s a special event: On Wednesday, July 11, Cincinnati Opera and 21c Museum […]

‘Iolanta’ charms at Queen City Opera

“I long for something, but I don’t know what,” sang the lovely blind princess Iolanta, in Queen City Opera’s production of Tchaikovsky’s final opera, “Iolanta.” Tchaikovsky’s rarely-seen one-act opera is being rediscovered, with the Met recently presenting its first production starring Anna Netrebko. Last month, inspired by the Met’s production, Isaac Selya mounted a charming, […]

Summer season: Opera reviews and more

This is a reminder to readers that many of my reviews can be found at — thanks to a new initiative to cover the arts by the Cincinnati Business Courier and a grant from the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation. Click here to […]

In memoriam: Theater critic Jackie Demaline

This was my favorite photo of Jackie, taken at exactly this time of year — opera season — in 2005. You can see Jackie’s exuberance at being there. She did everything exuberantly. She approached her cancer and the final months of her life fearlessly. To echo many of those who knew what she went through, […]

UC names new dean for CCM, and he’s a CCM grad

Kristi A. Nelson, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of Cincinnati, today announced the appointment of Stanley E. Romanstein, PhD, as Dean of the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Romanstein’s appointment becomes effective July 1, 2018, pending approval of the University’s Board of Trustees. The CCM graduate returns to CCM from […]

Review: Pianist Leon Fleisher at 90

Perhaps playing the piano is good for longevity. Amazingly, there are still two classical pianists who are concertizing into their 90s. Earlier this year, Menahem Pressler, 94, the founding anchor of the Beaux Arts Trio, performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488, with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He made his debut with […]

Music critic Mary Ellyn Hutton: ‘The community was enriched by her knowledge’

Mary Ellyn Hutton will be remembered as a journalist with unflagging dedication to Cincinnati’s musical arts. The longtime classical music critic for the Cincinnati Post continued to cover the classical scene for more than a decade after the demise of Cincinnati’s afternoon newspaper in 2007. She died surrounded by her family on May 28 after […]

May Festival’s first season with Mena emphasized community

Links to my festival reviews for Cincinnati Business Courier are below: The 2018 May Festival ended on Saturday night with a terrific performance of Handel’s Messiah, in which 170 community singers joined the May Festival Chorus. Juanjo Mena led a stylish performance with a reduced Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and a smaller chorus (about 65 singers) […]

James Conlon receives Italian honor

The President of the Italian Republic has awarded May Festival music director laureate James Conlon with the Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (Commendatore Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana). The title of Commendatore is granted to acknowledge “merits achieved for the nation in the fields of literature, arts, economics, and […]

Azar Lawrence to headline Clarion Jazz at Memorial Hall

Summer concert series are starting to be announced. The freshly-renovated Memorial Hall is a great place to hear jazz: Award winning saxophonist Azar Lawrence will kick off Clarion Jazz’s second annual Open Door Series on Saturday, May 26, at Memorial Hall, OTR. Lawrence will revisit the program that he recorded live at Cincinnati’s Hyatt Regency […]