Swan Song in San Francisco

"It is a tribute to David Gockley’s good taste and courage that he chose to end his 10 years as general director of the San Francisco Opera with a production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlo. Verdi’s vast and inspired masterpiece imposes great demands on an opera company’s resources... Mr. Gockley gave it an honorable shot."

Yannick Takes a Ticket on the Titanic

"Let’s Set The Record straight: The relevant question when contemplating the recently announced appointment of Yannick Nezet-Seguin (henceforth called Yannick) as the new music director of the Metropolitan Opera is not whether the Met made the right choice but what was Yannick thinking --or smoking--when he agreed to take on the Met post."

Chamber Music Duo a Triple Threat

"Music@Menlo, a 3-week summer festival of chamber music in Silicon Valley, has been [David Finckel and Wu Han's] most successful venture outside of Lincoln Center. Until [they] came along, Menlo Park was a sleepy well-healed cultural wasteland during the summer months."