Carnegie Hall 2022 Review: Joyce DiDonato’s ‘Eden’ with Il Pomo d’Oro Orchestra

Photographer Credit: Chris Lee Joyce DiDonato’s “Eden” is sparking insightful conversations about what it means for us to experience nature through the creative power of community collaboration. The mezzo-soprano’s global tour for her latest album, “Eden,” opens new pathways for classical music to ignite transformative possibilities for all, including children. On April 23, 2022, the spirit of collaboration was clear {…}

English National Opera 2021-22 Review: The Handmaid’s Tale

(Photo: Catherine Ashmore) Such has been the success of Margret Atwood’s novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” that, since its publication in 1985, it now finds itself positioned alongside other major 20th century dystopian novels, drawing comparisons with Orwell’s “1984” and Huxley’s “Brave New World.” Like them, it has entered the cultural mainstream, spawning plays, films, a ballet, a major television series, {…}

San Francisco Performances 2022 Review: Matthias Goerne & Seong-Jin Cho in Recital

On Saturday, April 9, 2022, San Francisco Performances presented renowned German baritone Matthias Goerne and notable prize-winning young Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho in an extraordinary concert. The performance was like being at a mountain retreat on a distant planet, drinking distilled ambrosia while hearing rare melodies in an exotic language. Clapping nearly seemed irrelevant; how do we applaud such a {…}