Saturday, December 20, 2014

David Patrick Stearns

David Patrick Stearns is a classical music critic and columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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Although perfectly congenial, the Philadelphia Orchestra's high-concept program was up around the ozone Thursday when the Fauré Requiem was preceded by a succession of composers that spanned three centuries and as many nationalities - for no clear reason.
Any production of Massenet's Werther offers two possibilities: romantic-era absurdity or emotional devastation. The new Metropolitan Opera production starring Jonas Kaufmann, to be simulcast at 12:55 p.m. Saturday at six area movie theaters, has been solidly acclaimed, showing that an opera need not be great to be the highlight of the Met's season - at least to judge from the Feb. 18 opening-night performance.

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