Concert-goers occasionally ask critics, “Were you and I at the same concert (opera, etc.)?” Here’s the latest version: two reviews of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Der Rosenkavailer.
• Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim in the New York Times
• Martin Bernheimer in London’s Financial Times
By Robert D. Thomas
Pasadena Star-News/San Gabriel Valley Tribune/Whittier Daily
NOTE: I have reordered the posts by date (I think), separated them by media outlet, and added a new post from Mark Swed (Los Angeles Times) this afternoon.
Although the name “El Sistema,” the landmark music program that nurtured Gustavo Dudamel, now music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, has become increasingly well known around the world, most of the stories have focued on Dudamel and the programs that organizations such as the L.A. Phil are launching in the U.S. to emulate the Venezuelan system.
With the Phil in Caracas this week for a repeat of its
“Mahler Project” cycle from last month in Los Angeles, both Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times and Daniel J. Wakin of
the New York Times are in Venezuela
providing reports not only on the concerts but mostly on the local aspects of
“El Sistema” and its impact on the hundreds of thousands of students who are
part of the program.”
Following are the stories published so far:
(Los Angeles Times):
(New York Times):
Dudamel and L.A. Philharmonic make waves in Caracas
(Sacramento Bee via AP)
(c) Copyright 2012, Robert D. Thomas. All rights reserved.
Portions may be quoted with attribution.