From My Desk

July 15, 2023
Wagnerian Army

Among the many confusions about the private Russian army known as “the Wagner Group” is how to pronounce its name. Reporters and pundits seem to vacillate between “Wag-ner” and “Vog-ner.” Also, nobody seems to know how the group got its name.

May 17, 2023
Cate Blanchett Plays Herself

The star of “Tár” reunites with her opening-scene partner for a conversation about listening to music, going before audiences, and the art of acting in life and in the movies.

March 30, 2023
A Lost Operatic Masterpiece...

...Written By White Men For An All-Black Cast Was Found And Restored. Can It Be Produced Without Controversy?

January 21, 2023
The View from Here

Why isn’t John Williams treated like Igor Stravinsky?

January 14, 2023
And now on BBC Music Magazine!

Actor Cate Blanchett and writer/director Todd Field talk to Michael Beek about creating their riveting psychological drama set against the backdrop of very real music-making...

January 11, 2023
I am on Variety!

The dialogue in “Tár,” Todd Field’s movie about a high-profile classical-music conductor, rings true at every turn...

December 29, 2022
The New Operatic

"'The War on Music' is a stellar work of great scholarship and polemical worth...

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.

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