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Musical America: Il Barbiere di Roma

“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming… Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated.  For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty.”  – Oscar Wilde

James Conlon Sees His Time at Ravinia as a Continuous Highlight

In looking back over my years at Ravinia, it is almost impossible to gather my thoughts in a linear fashion. The memories are so many; the musical experiences so rich, varied and exciting; the immense presence of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra so monumental, that it is difficult to condense into words.

Musical America: The Elephant in the Audience

Last Friday night, May 9, I conducted a program at Carnegie Hall, the penultimate concert not only for this year’s installment of Spring for Music, but, it would seem, forever. In the audience, it seemed to me, was an enormous (they usually are) and benevolent elephant. I appeared there with the forces of the Cincinnati May Festival (of which I {…}

Opera News: Forest Murmurs

As he prepares to lead the Met’s revival of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, James Conlon reflects on a lifetime of being under the opera’s spell.

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