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David Patrick Stearns

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Music critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer ~ Opera critic for WQXR ~ Contributor to Gramophone, Opera News, and The Guardian ~ Graduate of New York University, master’s degree in musicology.

Metropolitan Opera’s The Hours: Better heard than seen?

The Metropolitan Opera’s world premiere of The Hours – which opened Nov. 22 and plays through Dec. 15 – would be one of the...

Modern pianists: Will they be everything to everybody? Hope not.

Pianists don’t come in complete packages anymore, or maybe never did. Artur Rubinstein and Clifford Curzon possibly fooled us into thinking that there could...

The Berlin Philharmonic dares us to love it – and we do

Mahler’s Symphony No. 7, sometimes subtitled “Song of the Night,” is the composer’s most wayward symphony. It’s not one of the pretty ones. With...

Music that changes the world – one catacomb at a time

Music – it is often said – is about one thing: Music. It only conveys itself. But it has magical adhesive qualities when in...