Classical Music

This section indexes articles written about opera and classical music with links to their published sources.

Photo1 Jerry Hadley

Jerry Hadley: A Sweetness in Every Woe

We’re neither pure nor wise nor good; We’ll do the best we know. We’ll build our house, and chop our wood, And make our garden grow,And make our garden grow.

The first refrain soars; the final line subsides with resignation. It is a metaphor.

The voice that sings these words from Leonard Bernstein’s Candide has a pure, ineffably sweet, achingly sad beauty to it. It belongs to the late tenor Jerry Hadley, chosen by Bernstein himself as his ideal hero. As one listens, one understands Hadley’s affinity for Voltaire’s hapless optimist. To Jerry Hadley, the artist and the man, creating optimism and joy in his art and in his relationships was a mission – one in which he usually succeeded in grand measure.   “Jerry sang from the bottom of his heart with soul energy,” remembers mezzo-soprano, Frederica von Stade. READ MORE.

Jonas Kaufmann: One of the Great Werthers


“Have you seen Werther before?” the white-haired lady in the seat next to me at Saturday’s HD from the MET broadcast. “Indeed, I have,” I replied enthusiastically. I have seen some of the greats in recent memory: Franco Corelli, who was a sheer force of nature in his ardor, Jerry Hadley, whose bright squillo and sweetness brought ineffable pathos, and now Jonas Kaufmann. READ MORE.

A Tale of Two Tristans

Peter Hofmann and Hildegard Behrens as Tristan and Isolde

 From as long ago as I can remember, as a student of medieval literature, the tale of Tristan and Isolde has always held a special place in my imagination. In Chrétien de Troyes, Gottfried von Strassburg, and Thomas Malory it is a timeless story of impossible and transcendent love, but no where do the lovers and their passion live more vibrantly, seductively – even dangerously – than in Richard Wagner’s opera. READ MORE


The following is a link to Fanfare Magazine Online with a listing of all my published reviews and interviews. 

READ OLDER ARTICLES (2013 –  ) For articles from 1985-2013, search individual publications which may have online archives, or email to inquire about pieces from Opéra International, Opera News, Grammophone, Opera Monthly, Opera, Opera Journal, Classical Music, Beaux Arts, and others. For partial List of Published Interviews from 1985-2000, CLICK HERE.

The Religion of Courtly Love (Tristan and Isolde and Manon Lescaut) in Scene 4, October 1, 2014

Remembering the Great Heldentenors (Part I) in Scene4 Magazine, October 1, 2013

Remembering the Great Heldentenors (Part Two) in Scene4  Magazine, November 1, 2013

The Met Makes Daring Leap with Shostakovich’s The Nose

Conspirare: The Song Which Breathes Life in Scene 4 Magazine, December 1, 2013

In Defence of Melody: The Passion and Perseverence of Daniel Steven Crafts in Scene 4 Magazine, May 1, 2014

From Competition to Compassion: Clarinetist Seunghee Lee’s Journey in Scene 4 Magazine, April 1, 2016.


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