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Rotterdam Philharmonic/Lahav Shani at Kravis Center, West Palm Beach – Pärt & Prokofiev – Daniil Trifonov plays Mozart K271

This was the second of four Florida concerts on the Rotterdam Philharmonic’s U.S. tour. With chief conductor Lahav Shani the curtain-raiser was Arvo Pärt’s Swansong, based on an earlier piece that he composed in 2000 to honor the two-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Cardinal John Henry Newman. Premiered in 2014, it was revised in […]

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The Cleveland Orchestra/Franz Welser-Möst at the Kravis Center – Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony & Oliver Knussen’s Cleveland Pictures; Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider plays Bruch

Oliver Knussen’s Cleveland Pictures was commissioned by the Cleveland Orchestra in 1997, but only four of its intended eight sections, each inspired by a work in the Cleveland Museum of Art, were complete at the composer’s death in 2018. This performance of the four completed sections displayed a wide range of colors, including a large variety of

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Palm Beach Opera – Puccini’s Tosca – Anastasia Bartoli, Mario Chang & Greer Grimsley; directed by Omer Ben Seadia; conducted by David Stern

This Palm Beach Opera production of Tosca superbly conveys both the beauty of Puccini’s music and the suspenseful drama of the Sardou play from which the opera is adapted. David Stern led a spirited rendition of the score, and Omer Ben Seadia’s stage direction brought the action of this political-romantic thriller to life with great

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Palm Beach Opera – Verdi’s Falstaff – Michael Chioldi, Amber Wagner, Andrew Manea; Directed By Garnett Bruce; Conducted By Antonello Allemandi

To close its 2023 season, Palm Beach Opera offers an outstanding production of Verdi’s final opera, Falstaff. Michael Chioldi portrays Sir John Falstaff with vocal power and brilliant comedic skills, endearing his character to us from the outset. His ‘Onore’ discourse on the meaning of “honor” at the end of the opening scene is terrific.

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