David Patrick Stearns

David Patrick Stearns

David Patrick Stearns is a classical music critic and columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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Trippy space-travel production ‘Aniara’ will world-premiere in Philly this week, then play Europe

Philadelphia's Grammy-winning new-music choir The Crossing is one of the key collaborators.

Pavarotti in Philly: Before you see Ron Howard’s documentary, allow us to flash back

The superstar tenor was a beloved presence here for decades, and a mixed blessing for Opera Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Orchestra’s latest performance shows why this ensemble, in this moment, is worth the $55 million

Yannick Nézet-Séguin found a new clarity in Stravinsky's "Funeral Song." Soloist Beatrice Rana thrilled in her Philadelphia premiere.

It’s a Yannick fest at Carnegie Hall, and the first show is a hit

The Philadelphia Orchestra maestro brought his other band, the MET Orchestra, out of the opera pit and into the spotlight, with soloist Isabel Leonard. The Philadelphians play Carnegie Hall Friday.

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s upcoming soloist is among the best of her young generation

Pianist Beatrice Rana will play Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 on June 6 and 8 at the Kimmel Center. Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts.

Mahler’s ‘Symphony No. 9’ plus the Philadelphia Orchestra equals tragedy without trauma

This late work is typically thought of as death-haunted. So why did I feel exhilarated, affirmed, and really rather happy on Thursday at the end of the performance?

Yannick Nézet-Séguin faces the guillotine in beloved 'Carmélites’

This 1957 opera behaves more like a novel, gaining its power from an accumulation of character-based details, often amid washes of sound that allow much dramatic, vocal, and orchestral leeway.

In Opera Philadelphia’s new ‘La boheme,’ the Barnes and Art Museum have starring roles

La Boheme can touch something so elemental that it ceases to be something artificial happening onstage. It's your life.

The opera star out of Northeast Philly is back on stage at the Metropolitan Opera

Stephen Costello grew up around the family-owned Jack Costello Boxing Club and rocketed to opera fame in 2007. He's been away from the Met for a full season, re-tooling his voice, and has just returned with back-to-back roles in "La Traviata" and "Rigoletto."

89-year-old Philly composer premieres a new piece at Lincoln Center in a program spanning 70 years of his music

George Crumb was in the house to receive a standing ovation as the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society played three hours of his music — including a brand new piece. He's got more in the works.