Thursday, July 29, 2021

ArtsJournal: Arts, Culture, Ideas

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.

At last! Live music, pure and uncompromised

The July 4th weekend came with an obviously heightened sense of independence from the COVID-era restrictions. With it came my first entry into a...

Hello, Toscanini. And Hello, Doris Day — Hiding out from 2021 in the 1950s,...

On many days lately, the last places I’ve wanted to be are 2020 and 2021. And living outside of the present is clearly optional....

Words to live by: Don’t shoehorn grand opera

Grand opera is somehow rising again — despite restrictions that limit its fundamental grandeur. That impossibly expansive genre, so greatly missed since the lockdown, faces...

Is it possible to mourn James Levine?

Yes, but with an enormous asterisk. With an air of mystery that was typical around James Levine’s private life, the Metropolitan Opera conductor’s...