From My Desk

October 10, 2022

I had the pleasure of being a consultant for the film Tár, about the fictional...

September 22, 2022
The Yale Archives

The Yale Symphony Orchestra, which I directed from 1968–75, has made available a nine-page gallery with programs, letters, photos, and a million other documents of the time...

September 6, 2022
Rings and Things

If the most successful fake-medieval epics look like this: why does every new #WagnerRing look like this? Let's try something truly radical: respect RW's essential understanding that universal stories are told from our collective imaginary past.

September 2, 2022
A Musician for All Seasons

Interview and book review from Liner Notes, Issue 2, 2022, including: For five decades, John Mauceri has had an extraordinary impact on musical life internationally. One of America’s most celebrated conductors, he is also a writer, lecturer, teacher, and producer. Mauceri is responsible for introducing countless important yet unjustly neglected works to the public, especially […]

September 2, 2022
A Very Big Speech

This is John's 90-minute presentation at Yale of his recent book, The War on Music...

May 24, 2022
A Very Big Interview

...from 2021, when Maestros and Their Music was published in paperback...

March 26, 2022
Clash of the Titans

In 1958, two Broadway hits, West Side Story and The Music Man, had a fateful showdown, and only one came out on top...

August 21, 2021
Opera Non Buffa

Why does the opening of the summer classical-music season in Europe feel so troubling?

May 30, 2020
The View from There

Last night I woke up at four A.M. from a typical conductor’s nightmare. I was rehearsing Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2...

January 18, 2020
Something’s Coming

The West Side Story story is a complicated one, and the new Broadway production has a lot of history to reckon with

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