Upcoming Tours

Prague

Winter Magic in Prague and Vienna (November 30 - December 9, 2021)

Enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of two of Europe's most beautiful cities at the most wonderful time of the year. The itinerary is still being finalized, but highlights will include Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker and Lehár's The Merry Widow. The Christmas markets will be open and the cities ablaze with lights. Accommodations include the five-star Art Nouveau Palace Hotel in Prague, the four-star Royal Ricc Hotel in Brno, and the five-star Hotel Bristol in Vienna. This exclusive tour is limited to eight travelers.

Reykjavik

Iceland - Northern Lights and Wagner's Die Walküre

At 65° N on the southern edge of the Arctic Circle, Iceland is one of the best places in the world to see the aurora borealis, or northern lights. Don't miss this unique opportunity to view the dynamic patterns of brilliant lights that appear as curtains, rays, spirals or dynamic flickers covering the entire sky, coupled with Wagner's Die Walküre in the Harpa. Chosen as one of the best concert houses of the new millenium by Gramophone in 2010, the Harpa is one of Reykjavík’s most striking landmarks and a centre of cultural and social life in the very heart of the city.  (February 2022)

Performance Reviews

Brooklyn

A rare staging at Roulette of eL/Aficionado, Robert Ashley’s surreal television opera

Ashley pushed opera in new directions that were in his mind’s eye totally American.

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New York, NY

Jonas Kaufmann gives unsparingly of himself and then some at Carnegie Hall

For lovers of song, this was a concert that will long be remembered.

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New York

Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the fabulous Philadelphians open the Carnegie Hall season

Yuja Wang in Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2 and a glorious performance of Beethoven's Fifth were just the tip of the musical iceberg as Carnegie Hall was back to business after 572 days.

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Brooklyn

Brooklyn Art Song Society opens season with Wolf’s Mörike-Lieder

Singers and pianists provide the energy, passionate drama and humor in compelling performances of selections from Wolf's Mörike-Lieder.

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New York

Fire Shut Up in My Bones is a triumph and a milestone for the Met

At its heart, Fire Shut Up in My Bones is a story of two people with aspirations to escape the world into which they were born.

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Cyberspace

Myth meets reality in White Snake Projects’ A Survivor’s Odyssey

White Snake Projects examines the shadow pandemic: a surge in sexual and intimate-partner violence through the lens of the women in Homer’s Odyssey.

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Brooklyn

Simone Dinnerstein plays Danielpour’s An American Mosaic at Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery

Whether surrounded by nature or in the confines of a subterranean vault, Simone Dinnerstein made an impact through her connection with the music and her expressive, eloquent interpretations.

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New York

The Metropolitan Opera marks the anniversary of 9/11 with Verdi’s Requiem

This concert came almost eighteen months to the day after the Metropolitan Opera went dark at the beginning of the pandemic, and it was the first performance inside the house, let alone with a live audience.

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Prague

Don Giovanni at Prague’s Estates Theatre – check it off the bucket list

In the final scene, conductor Karsten Januschke ratcheted up the tension incrementally to the point where it was overpowering.

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Prague

Dvořák Prague International Music Festival opens with Andres Orozco-Estrada conducting Filarmonica della Scala

The festival opens with fresh fresh exciting performances of Dvořák's Concerto for Cello and New World Symphony.  

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Recordings Reviews

Goshen, NY

Aaron Jay Kernis's Elegy (For Those We Lost)

Elegy (For Those We Lost) is dedicated to the families of those who have died from COVID-19. Aaron Jay Kernis originally composed the piece for solo piano, but arranged it for harp and trumpet was made at the request of the Grammy-nominated harpist Yolanda Kondonassis. 

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Berlin

Vince Mendoza's Freedom Over Everything

To the Edge of Longing for soprano and orchestra is one of the most stunning musical creations inspired by these troubled times. 

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Lawrence, Kansas

dwb (driving while black)

Of the three recorded versions of Susan Kander and Roberta Gumbel's dwb (driving while black), this recording is the purest one.

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Chicago

Archetypes

In their new release, Grammy Award-winning Third Coast Percussion joins with celebrated Brazilian guitarist Sérgio Assad and his daughter - vocalist, composer and multi-instrumentalist Clarice Assad - to portray in music twelve of these universal characters that defy time and place.

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Paris

The Freischütz Project

Conductor Laurence Equilbey is the first to present Carl Maria von Weber’s opera using the principles and original instruments of historically informed performance with a stellar cast.

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New York

Brooklyn-based ensemble and songwriting collective Founders releases Songs for the End of Time

Ben Russell and Brandon Ridenour, members of the new music ensemble Founders, radical rework of Olivier Messiean’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps is faithful to both the spirit and the austere beauty of the original.

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Warsaw

The songs of René de Boisdeffre - A nineteenth-century master of melody

Acte Préalable’s recording of reveals that at his best, René de Boisdeffre could fashion a song to rival those of his greatest contemporaries, including Fauré.

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France

Contralto - Nathalie Stutzmann / Orfeo 55

Stutzmann’s last recording with Orfeo 55, the chamber orchestra which she founded and performed with as soloist and conductor simultaneously, celebrates the legacy of the great Baroque contraltos and the music that they inspired. 

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New York

Once and Again

Once and Again, the most recent recording of Edward Smaldone's music, features a sampling of his smaller-scaled works, including two for voice and instruments.

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Erato

Rossini - Amici e Rivali

Amici e Rivali finds Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Spyres in excellent form as they face off as friends and rivals in the music of Rossini.

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Rick's Picks

New York, NY

Oratorio Society of New York performs great choral works in the majestic space of St. John the Divine on November 9, 2021

Enjoy a program which includes the ethereal sounds of Arvo Pärt, Benjamin Britten’s striking choral writing and Giovanni Gabrieli's Jublate Deo For more information, click here

New York, NY

Metropolitan Opera -Wagner's Die Meistersinger

Wagner’s sublime comedy takes the Met stage for the first time in seven years. Antonio Pappano conducts an unbeatable cast led by renowned baritone Michael Volle as the wise cobbler Hans Sachs and sensational soprano Lise Davidsen. Tenor Klaus Florian Vogt and baritone Johannes Martin Kränzle join them as Walther von Stolzing and Beckmesser. For more information, click here.  

Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Art Song Society

BASS continues its Beginnings, Middle, and Ends series of recitals with Finzi's A Young Man’s Exhortation and Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel on November 5, 2021. For more information, click here

About

I got the travel bug from my parents. As a boy I had crisscrossed the US with them and my younger brother on the classic American Road Trip to California. At 16, I went to Europe for the first time. The destination was Germany, a country that I have returned to many times. In addition to business and personal travel, I have lived in Switzerland, Singapore and China. So far, it’s been a wonderful life of travelling the world and experiencing its wonders..

A musician for most of my life, first a trumpet player and then a singer, I have a degree in music from the University of Pittsburgh. In 2013, I began reviewing for Seen and Heard International and have posted reviews from the US, Europe and Asia. In addition, I regularly contribute program notes to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and have had music and travel articles published in the Global Times, Shanghai Daily, MusicWeb InternationalBroad Street Review and other publications.

Although I am thrilled to have press privileges in many of the world’s great concert halls and opera houses, it is the offerings in the more out-of-the way places that excite me the most. There one still finds great music, often at its national, indigenous best, in theaters, whether ancient or modern, that are as grand and beautiful as any in the world. More importantly, these venues not only preserve the past, they embrace the new, keeping classical music current and vital. That is the world that I invite you to explore with me on my tours.

Articles

Soprano Juliet Petrus in Conversation with Rick Perdian

Juliet Petrus and Katherine Chu's 'Singing in Mandarin: A Guide to Chinese Lyric Diction and Vocal Repertoire' is a portal to a country and its music.

Soprano Fatma Said in Conversation with Rick Perdian

'El Nour', Egyptian soprano Fatma Said's debut recording on Warner Classics, explores her native country’s culture in music that is as colorful and exotic as the places that inspired it.

Sarah Kirkland Snider in 2020: Navigating lockdown, releasing a recording and composing an opera

Gallicantus brings virtuosity and purity to Sarah Kirkland Snider's remarkably beautiful 'Mass for the Endangered'.

Rick Perdian in conversation with Julian Gargiulo and María Dueñas

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was no live performance in Carnegie Hall this year, but Getting to Carnegie was viewed by more than 25,000 people.

Rick Perdian in conversation with Brandon Ridenour and Ben Russell of Brooklyn-based ensemble, Founders

Founders’ latest recording, 'Songs for the End of Time, Vol. 1', features Ben Russell and Brandon Ridenour’s arrangement of Olivier Messiaen’s 'Quartet for the End of Time'.

Christopher Hahn, Pittsburgh Opera’s General Director, in conversation with Rick Perdian

Pittsburgh Opera beat the odds with COVID fan tutte! Christopher Hahn looks back on a challenging year, but sees opportunities going forward.

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