Insight, Passion and Perfection Daniil Trifonov returns to the Philharmonic, bringing with
him an almost obsessive commitment to both composer
The Balanchine Nutcracker: A Child’s Dream of Heaven In 2004, the late critic Clive Barnes wrote the following story on how New York City Ballet’s 1954 production of The Nutcracker, which was then largely unknown, became a turning point in the history of dance in America.
With its bold musical vision
and frank eroticism, Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth
of Mtsensk incurred the wrath of none other than Joseph Stalin
himself. The composer’s opera of adultery and murder returns to the Met
with Eva-Maria Westbroek in the leading role.
After a testing-the-waters return season last year, Music Director
James Levine now embarks on a jam-packed 2014–15 schedule of six
operas, three Met Orchestra concerts, and a pair of recitals with the
Met Chamber Ensemble.
“I have no idea what it’s going to be like and I
love that,” says Troy Schumacher, speaking
ahead of a milestone: the debut of his first
ballet created for NYCB, which premiered
at the Company’s Fall Gala performance on
“I was 21 years old when I came to Philadelphia,” says Roy Kaiser, Artistic
Director of Pennsylvania Ballet. “I came here to see what was going on, because
I had seen the Company perform, and there was something about it that really