Matthew Gurewitsch
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Title Publication Date
Sondheim Finished, Refinished, Unfinished Classical Voice North America December 15, 2023
In memoriam Helen Kamioner (December 5, 1950-May 6, 2023) May 10, 2023
Where are they now? The further adventures of Gran Wilson, a great Tamino... Classical Voice North America February 7, 2023
Drypoint to Technicolor December 9, 2022
Salome twice over, Mahler and Verdi in Vienna Classical Voice North America November 10, 2022
Back Into the Woods Classical Voice North America August 1, 2022
The Amahl file December 23, 2021
A banner year of armchair opera, three banner weeks with Michael Spyres December 20, 2021
At the Met, "Fire Shut Up in My Bones"; in Brussels, "The Time Of Our Singing" Air Mail November 2, 2021
A shot in the arm--make that two shots--for Lyric Opera of Chicago Air Mail September 11, 2021
A woman apart Air Mail July 31, 2021
Three times 88 keys June 14, 2021
The Paris Opera reopens with Marc-André Dalbavie's new 'Satin Slipper' Air Mail May 15, 2021
Catch of the Day salutes Christa Ludwig May 14, 2021
A basketful of Easter eggs April 10, 2021
Milestones for strings, Black music matters, Muti's Attila... April 2, 2021
Twist's double feature Air Mail February 3, 2021
Three times lucky (make that four) February 2, 2021
A New Year, a new age? January 9, 2021
Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura, "In Love and Song" Air Mail December 5, 2020
Trick or treat? Catch of the Day meets the Great Pumpkin November 10, 2020
Georgia on his mind Air Mail October 17, 2020
On Mozart's fingerboard, in a lonely cell, footloose in the world... October 6, 2020
When the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame October 5, 2020
From the Mariinsky, with love Air Mail August 15, 2020
Awaiting that eureka moment - Catch of the Day, August 2, 2020 August 5, 2020
Catch of the Day celebrates Independence July 19, 2020
Stars of the Met, live from around the world AirMail, Arts Intel Report July 17, 2020
New bells and whistles at Catch of the Day June 28, 2020
Opera as it was Air Mail June 27, 2020
How to stream "Catch of the Day," wherever in the world you are June 26, 2020
P.S. on "Creating 'Der Rosenkavalier'" June 21, 2020
Where's the catch? June 18, 2020
On Catch of the Day, a #BLM special June 12, 2020
Sweet Land, from LA Historic Park direct to video April 3, 2020
Catch as catch can (October 2019-January 2020) January 14, 2020
Contagious October 3, 2019
In memoriam: Jessye Norman Connoisseur, January 1987 October 1, 2019
Summertime at Catch of the Day, Part 3 August 12, 2019
Summertime at Catch of the Day, Part 2 (July 28) August 11, 2019
Summertime @ Catch of the Day, Part I (June 30) August 10, 2019
Live on tape, seven great maestros, a man who made waterfalls, and me July 3, 2019
Scrambling to catch up June 17, 2019
Over the moon with Rossini's Rosina, in the dumps with a Verdi Leonora 20 Jun 2019
Franco Zeffirelli June 15, 2019
'Twas the season January 15, 2019
Speak for yourself, Conrad! October 26, 2018
So, what exactly will it be when the wind blows? September 5, 2018
Make way for La Nilsson, make way for Steve J. August 24, 2018
Catching up with Deborah Voigt Oper! Das Magazin (Germany), June 2018 June 5, 2018
Audrey Luna and her 40 fathers Opera News (May 2018) May 3, 2018
Where Marilyn Horne is at just now Oper! Das Magazin (Germany), May 2018 May 1, 2018
Who's Afraid of Tristan? Not Jonas Kaufmann. Oper! Das Magazin (Germany), May 2018 May 1, 2018
The Easter Bunny says, "April Fool!" April 2, 2018
Opera Aloha! Oper! Das Magazin (Germany), April 2018 April 1, 2018
New Names on Catch of the Day (airdate: March 25, 2018) March 27, 2018
Vivaldi rediscovered, Vienna revitalized January 30, 2018
Gottfried von Einem at 100 January 5, 2018
Gottfried von Einem goes toe-to-toe with Verdi December 10, 2017
Musical fantasies December 8, 2017
Travels with Dima December 4, 2017
From the Archives: Yesterday Siberia, Tomorrow the World Connoisseur (June 1990) December 4, 2017
California Girls revisited November 30, 2017
La Divina is back again and much, much more November 14, 2017
All but the Hiddleston Hamlet November 12, 2017
In the wings with Philippe Jordan November 10, 2017
Philippe Jordan revives Pelléas and Così November 8, 2017
Lost and found at the Paris Opéra October 31, 2017
Warhorses' day off July 12, 2017
And he called for his divas three June 9, 2017
Songs for all seasons May 4, 2017
From the archives: Jorma Hynninen, Voice of a Nation Connoisseur (June 1985) April 4, 2017
Moby Met ("Catch of the Day," episode 7) January 27, 2017
Hooked again! (continued) January 23, 2017
Hooked! December 1, 2016
Déjà vu all over again November 21, 2016
Sounds of music for chaotic times November 16, 2016
A Love Supreme August 28, 2016
In the wings with Michael Fabiano, tenor July 28, 2016
David Gockley Calls It a Day July 28, 2016
In the wings with Jakub Józef Orliński, countertenor March 28, 2016
Among friends: a new album from Saimir Pirgu February 5, 2016
The Socratic method January 9, 2016
Wagner's Meistersinger in San Francisco December 3, 2015
In memoriam: Yveta Synek Graff November 25, 2015
Jon Vickers, Canadian icon (October 19, 1926-July 10, 2015) The New York Times July 12, 2015
Marco Tutino's Two Women, in Puccini's footsteps June 26, 2015
Berlioz meets Virgil: Les Troyens in San Francisco June 24, 2015
Coda: Revisiting Ravenna Opera News April 2015
La Divina Goes Hi-Def Wall Street Journal December 17, 2014
What Will Happen to Brooklyn's Shrine to Enrico Caruso? Wall Street Journal February 4, 2014
The Siegfried Complex: In the Wings with Lance Ryan December 21, 2013
Bounty on a Budget Wall Street Journal August 26, 2013
Wagner's "Orphans" Wall Street Journal May 20, 2013
A Big Man Still Dreams of the Big Times The New York Times May 17, 2013
The Solti Legacy Opera News May 2013
Gone Today, Here Tomorrow? Pirgu's Romeo March 12, 2013
Britten's Turn of the Screw from Glyndebourne Opera News March 1, 2013
Wotan's Revenge October 22, 2012
CAVALLI: Giasone Opera News September 22, 2012
SCIARRINO: Luci Mie Traditrici Opera News September 2012
J.S. BACH: St. Matthew Passion Opera News August 2012
BERG: Lulu Opera News June 2012
Velvet Revolutionary: Yveta Synek Graff's campaign for Czech opera April 25, 2012
GIORDANO: Andrea Chénier Opera News February 2012
Duel and Duality Opera News February 2012
A Valkyrie's Voice Flashing More Than Steel The New York Times January 20, 2012
Birgit Nilsson and Hans Knappertsbusch Opera News January 2012
The Sins of the Father Opera News November 2011
BERLIOZ: Les Troyens Opera News November 2011
The Price Is Right - Or Is It? Opera News September 2011
BEETHOVEN: Missa Solemnis and Symphonies Nos. 7, 8 & 9 Opera News August 2011
An American Tragedy: The Zambello Ring, At Last Complete Opernwelt August 2011
R. STRAUSS: Elektra Opera News July 2011
Another Tale, or Two, Of That Operatic Figaro The New York Times June 3, 2011
Capital Visionary: Plácido Domingo Inside the Beltway The Domingo Era: 1996-2011 May 31, 2011
VERDI: Simon Boccanegra Opera News May 2011
A Hungry Singer, Consuming His Roles The New York Times April 15, 2011
Standing Small, Singing Big, All Sulfur and Zest The New York Times February 17, 2011
MASSENET: Werther Opera News February 2011
Still Resonating From the Great Wall The New York Times January 26, 2011
Handel: Messiah Opera News January 2011
Want to Be a Star? Take Your Lumps The New York Times December 24, 2010
Mozart: Così Fan Tutte Opera News December 2010
New 'Don Carlo,' That Ever-Changing Opera The New York Times November 19, 2010
Gerald Finley: A Long Way From Boy Chorister The New York Times November 5, 2010
Brandon Jovanovich: Finding His Voice, the Slow, Steady Way The New York Times October 29, 2010
The once and future Ring Capital New York October 23, 2010
Celebrating A Gift From Bali: Delicious Confusion The New York Times October 8, 2010
On a Quest To Offer Arias In English The New York Times August 19, 2010
The French New Wave Opera News August 2010
MAW: Sophie's Choice Opera News August 2010
After a Century, A Composer's Day in the Sun The New York Times July 23, 2010
Practicing What He Once Preached The New York Times June 29, 2010
Video Review: The Valencia Ring Opera News June 2010
Rossini: L'Equivoco Stravagante Opera News May 2010
Ahab Sings! (The Whale Does Not) The New York Times April 23, 2010
Juggling Essays, Epics and Divas The New York Times April 8, 2010
She's Standing on Her Own Just Fine The New York Times March 21, 2010
Honored in the Breach Opera News March 2010
As Plain as the Nose on His Stage The New York Times February 24, 2010
Operatic Style Designed to Suit Your Living Room The New York Times February 4, 2010
Comes A Horseman Opera News February 2010
A Space Opera in a Proper Galaxy The New York Times January 14, 2010
New York / In Recital Opera Now January/February 2010
Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Opera News January 2010
Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel Opera News December 2009
Wagner: Tannhäuser Opera News December 2009
The Magic Pen: Mozart Operas Up Close The New York Times November 22, 2009
A Soprano's Hat Trick: Puccini Triple Bill The New York Times November 11, 2009
Secret Weapon of Czech Opera's Velvet Revolution The New York Times November 6, 2009
Integrating titles into opera design Opera News November 2009
Cut the Fluff. What Makes Tosca Tick? The New York Times September 20, 2009
A 'Ring' Recording That Has It All (Except the Music) The New York Times August 30, 2009
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Opera News August 2009
Coda: A Hair Out of Place Opera News August 2009
Martín y Soler: Il Burbero di Buon Cuore Opera News July 2009
A Mezzo Kicks Up Her Heels in High Style The New York Times June 28, 2009
On the Road: Opera in America, Spring of '09 Opernwelt June 11, 2009
Video Review: 'Tristan und Isolde' Opera News June 2009
Vienna's New Opera House Since 1801 The New York Times May 31, 2009
Tenor at the Top Is Determined to Stay There The New York Times May 17, 2009
The State of Denmark Opera News May 2009
The Great Mozart Switcheroo The New York Times April 5, 2009
Desperately Seeking Siegfried Opera News April 2009
Before the Gala, So Much Groundwork The New York Times March 8, 2009
Coda: Null Set Opera News March 2009
Video Review: 'Birtwistle: The Minotaur' Opera News March 2009
A Director Tackles an Opera He Loves to Hate The New York Times February 15, 2009
Video Review: 'Tristan und Isolde' Opera News November 2008
New Hands Detonate ‘Doctor Atomic’ The New York Times October 10, 2008
Naming the Nameless (in Sanskrit) The New York Times September 26, 2008
The Weill (Almost) Nobody Knows The New York Times September 7, 2008
Festival Magic Opera News May 2008
Frisky Young Tenors on Operatic War Horses The New York Times April 20, 2008
In Review: Appomattox, San Francisco Opera Opera News January 2008
The 'Ring' Master Opera News January 2008
In Review: Il Ritorno di Don Calandrino & Oratorio a Quattro Voci Opera News August 2007
An Artist in Many Media Tackles 'The Magic Flute' The Wall Street Journal April 5, 2007
Coda: An Aria Returns Opera News March 2007
Jack O'Brien Charts a Wide Course The Wall Street Journal February 14, 2007
Coda: Forever Young Opera News June 2006
Evildoer Smithsonian Magazine April 2006
Sound Bites: Christopher Maltman Opera News March 2006
A Night at the Opera Smithsonian Magazine November 2005
The Opera That Chooses the Nuclear Option The New York Times September 25, 2005
Before the Critics, the Physicists Would Like a Word The New York Times September 25, 2005
The Plot Is True but Not the Love The New York Times March 18, 2005
The Violeta Hour Opera News March 2005
The Crossover Question Opera News October 2004
The Diva Next Door Vogue February 2003
Are Unschooled Audiences Changing the Face of Opera Opera News December 2002
Bass Hit Opera News November 2001
Forget the Callas Legend The Atlantic Monthly April 1999
Dazzling White Nights The Atlantic Monthly April 1998
Giant: Ben Heppner Opera News April 1998
Maria, Not Callas The Atlantic Monthly October 1997
Explorer: Waltraud Meier Opera News March 1997
Pentimento: The metamorphosis of Beethoven's only opera Opera News July 1996
Thriller: Powerhouse mezzo Dolora Zajick always delivers Opera News March 1996
How Old Is Despina? Opera News February 17, 1996
Don Quixote in Salzburg Opera News June 1995
Kitezh Made Visible Opera News February 4, 1995
Wagner Contender Opera News August 1994
The God's Day Off Opera News April 1993
Bringing Wotan Home Opera News April 1993
Wagnervision Opera News March 1993

Blog Posts

Title Publication Date
Orliński twice over Blog March 29, 2016
Bartoli's Norma: Front and center Blog June 28, 2013
Esprit de l'escalier (Tosca) Blog January 6, 2013
Pedantries/Pleasantries: Zeffiretti/Zeffirelli Blog January 9, 2011
Footnote: The Braunfels St. Joan onstage Blog January 9, 2011
Soul of Salzburg: A Milestone for Riccardo Muti Blog August 21, 2010
Deep Waters in Salzburg: First Impressions of Wolfgang Rihm's Dionysos Blog July 27, 2010
Fear of Flying: Amelia Takes Wing in Seattle Blog May 24, 2010
Thar She Blows! The Dallas Opera Wins With Jake Heggie's Moby-Dick Blog May 18, 2010
Lost and Found: Call Me Siegfried Blog February 1, 2010
A Diva Remembered: Sandra Warfield (1921?-2009) Blog December 20, 2009
New York City Opera, Rising from the Ashes? Blog November 17, 2009
Salzburg Festival - Motherhood and Red Apple Pie Blog August 3, 2009
Lincoln Center at 50 - A Personal and Institutional History Blog July 24, 2009
Demofoonte Rises from the Ashes Blog July 3, 2009
One Dwarf, One Giant - Stealing Das Rheingold at Los Angeles Opera and the Met Blog April 28, 2009
The Look of Things Unseen: Achim Freyer's "Ring" Begins in Los Angeles Blog March 3, 2009
What's Love Got to Do With It? - David McVicar's Trovatore Blog February 18, 2009

Book Reviews

Book Title Publication Date
Creating "Der Rosenkavalier": From Chevalier to Cavalier
by Michael Reynolds
June 20, 2020
The Berlin Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival, 1962 Opera News July 4, 2014
Written on Skin
by George Benjamin
Opera News May 5, 2014
Wolfgang Rihm: Dionysos Opera News February 2014
Der Freischütz
by Nationaltheater Mannheim
Opera News October 29, 2013
Das Labyrinth: Der Kampf mit den Elementen
by Peter von Winter
Opera News September 2013
Tosca (Giacomo Puccini): Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Opera News January 5, 2013
Divas and Scholars: Performing Italian Opera
by Philip Gossett
The New York Sun September 6, 2006

Movie Reviews

Movie Title Publication Date
Rienzi Opera News April 2014

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