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This Week in Music History: The premiere of Berg’s incomplete Lulu...

Alban Berg's Lulu, premiered in just two acts, depicts a morally decaying and travestied world, and one that was utterly repellent to the Nazi regime...

Playlist: What is contemporary ballet?

What is contemporary ballet? A school of dance that draws inspiration from the past but speaks the language of the present? Let's put tu and tu together...

This Week in Music History: The riotous premiere of The Rite...

The riot that took place at The Rite of Spring premiere in Paris is almost as notorious as the work itself. Stravinsky set the stage for scandal....

🎧 One Thing to Listen for in Unsuk Chin’s Alice in...

The "talking" bass clarinet impersonating a caterpillar. Life in Unsuk Chin's psychadelic version of wonderland sure is a trip!

Portraits of Contemporary Composers: Playlist

Celebrating the composers who invite us to listen to the world anew — an amplified cactus? Why not?! But is there a (12-tone) method to their madness?

What stories make the best operas?

There are certain things that every opera needs to have. One is brilliant music, of course. And another is an enthralling plot. But where do opera’s stories come from?

This Week in Music History: Benjamin Britten is born (1913)

Benjamin Britten was born on November 22, 1913—St Cecilia’s Day, the patron saint of music—in Lowestoft, Suffolk, overlooking the English east coast. Music and the English coast were the forces that would shape his life. These twin influences were combined in perhaps the most profound way a full century after Britten’s birth.

Garden gates and oil fields: How directors bring The Rake’s Progress...

“Nick appears immediately at the garden gate.” A simple enough statement, you might think. But for an opera director, maybe not...

Four must-see twenty-first century operas

Many may think of opera as an old-fashioned art form, but it is certainly alive and well in the twenty-first century. The following four...