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Chicago’s Joffrey, Cleveland Orchestra pair in scary matchup of Bartók’s psycho thrillers

Apr 11, 2016 – 3:03 pm
The Cleveland Orchestra
conducted by Franz Welser-Möst 
The Joffrey Ballet
Ashley Wheater, artistic director
choreography and stage direction by Yuri Possokhov
set, lighting, and projection design by Alexander V. Nichols
costume design by Mark Zappone
Mikhail Petrenko, bass
Katarina Dalayman, soprano
Members of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus
BARTÓK - The Miraculous Mandarin 
BARTÓK - Bluebeard’s Castle
Photo by Roger Mastroianni

Review: A metal and glass cage hovered behind the conductor’s podium for the Cleveland Orchestra’s newest collaboration with Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet, a pair of works by Bartók staged with the intensity of Poe and Hitchcock. Nine Joffrey dancers and two fine singers shared space with the musicians at Cleveland’s Severance Hall, where music director Franz Welser-Möst and choreographer Yuri Possokhov presented their combined vision.

Cue cameras: Metropolitan Opera Live in HD, come of age, is playing at a cinema near you

Dec 16, 2014 – 12:06 pm
Michael Volle, Hans Sachs in Wagner's 'Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg.' (Ken Howard, Metropolitan Opera)

Feature review: The Metropolitan Opera is the most international of houses, but there is something quintessentially American about the Saturday afternoon HD cinema broadcasts that are now part of its marketing arsenal. After attending a performance of “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” at the Met, I caught the same production, broadcast live to cinemas on Dec. 13, starring German baritone Michael Volle as Hans Sachs, the master shoemaker, cobbler of poems and mender of hearts.