Upcoming Tours

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

new York, NY

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center enchants with the sounds of Spain

Baritone Will Liverman joins the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in songs of Ravel and Shostakovich. 

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Arlington, VA

Okpebholo’s Unknown is a powerful tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice

Unknown is a twenty-minute dramatic song cycle of rare emotional power and beauty for three voices and instruments commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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Brooklyn, NY

Songs of Finzi and Vaughan Williams at the Brooklyn Art Song Society

Tenor Dominic Armstrong brought a master’s touch to Finzi's songs, while the power and beauty of baritone Joshua Conyers's voice left one gobsmacked. 

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New York, NY

Michelle Bradley’s Liù is a highlight of the Met’s current revival of Turandot

Marco Armiliato made his house debut in 1987 conducting La bohème, and he has become indispensable in the Met’s Italian wing. His command of the score of Turandotis complete.

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New York, NY

Tenor hijinks from Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Spyres at 92Y

The dynamic tenor duo of Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Spyres sang a program of Rossini arias and duets that offered vocal pyrotechnics galore and reminded us that opera was once popular entertainment for the masses.

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New York, NY

Dream cast and Sir Antonio Pappano’s conducting are highlights of the Met’s Die Meistersinger revival

For many in the audience, it was a trip down memory lane. For those new to Wagner’s comic masterpiece, it was an introduction to the opera as Wagner himself might have envisioned it.

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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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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

Vienna, Austra

Franz Welser-Möst conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in Mahler''s Ninth Symphony

Franz Welser-Möst conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in Mahler''s last symphony that the composer completed in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein. For more information, click here

New York, NY

Metropolitan Opera -Matthew Aucoin's Eurydice

American composer Matthew Aucoin gives a 21st century spin to the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice—a product of the Met’s commissioning program. With a libretto by Sarah Ruhl, adapted from her acclaimed 2003 play, the opera reimagines the familiar tale from Eurydice’s point of view. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the Met premiere in an immersive new staging by Mary Zimmerman For more information, click here.  

Warsaw, Poland

Andrzej Boreyko

The Warsaw Philharmonic presents a program of Krzysztof Penderecki's Symphony No. 2 'Christmas', Grieg's Piano Concerto in A Minor and Georgian composer Giya Kancheli's The Morning Prayers. 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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