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Lloyd Schwartz

Contributing arts critic, WBUR

Lloyd Schwartz is the classical music critic for NPR’s Fresh Air and senior editor of Classical Music for New York Arts. Longtime classical music editor of The Boston Phoenix, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1994. He is the Frederick S. Troy Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Boston and a poet whose work has been selected for The Best American Poetry and The Best of the Best American Poetry.

Recent stories

A Soprano Song Of Searing Passion And Heartbreaking Honesty — Remembering Phyllis Curtin

June 08, 2016
Conductor Erich Leinsdorf acknowledges soloist Phyllis Curtin onstage at Tanglewood's Koussevitzky Music Shed in 1965. (Courtesy Heinz-Weissenstein/BSO)

Lloyd Schwartz, classical music critic for NPR’s “Fresh Air,” remembers soprano Phyllis Curtin, who died at her home in the Berkshires Sunday.

Odyssey Opera Gets ‘Seria’ In Third Season With ‘When In Rome’

May 31, 2016
Gil Rose conducts Odyssey Opera. (Kathy Wittman)

Opera seria, or “serious opera,” is one of the most difficult of all operatic genres with the bravura arias challenging singers with some of the greatest technical demands ever imposed on the human voice.

Boston Lyric Opera’s ‘The Merry Widow’ Isn’t So Merry

May 03, 2016
Erin Wall, as Hanna Glawari, dances with Roger Honeywell, Count Danilo, in Boston Lyric Opera’s production of "The Merry Widow." (Courtesy of T Charles Erickson/BLO)

The production is the latest in a series of BLO performances that have struck out due to misguided attempts at searching for greater relevance.

William Christie's Les Arts Florissants Want You To Go Drinking With Them At Sanders Theatre

April 21, 2016
Conductor William Christie leads Les Arts Florissants in performance (Courtesy Pascal Gely)

Conductor William Christie and his Baroque music group Les Arts Florissants return to Boston for a 17th and 18th century musical extravaganza.

Kent Nagano, Back At Symphony Hall, Remembers His Formative Days In Boston

March 15, 2016

Kent Nagano says that Wednesday night’s concert by the Orchestre symphonique de Montreal at Symphony Hall is a program relevant “to our time today.”

BSO Welcomes Back Guest Conductor Vladimir Jurowski

February 17, 2016
Jurowski Vladimir, principal conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, will be guest conductor for the BSO Feb. 18-20. (Courtesy Roman Gontcharov/BSO)

The principal conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra makes his second return to Boston with a program of mostly unusual repertoire, including several pieces apparently never performed by the BSO.

A Loving Look At The Late Pierre Boulez, The Incandescent Master Of Modernism

January 08, 2016
Pierre Boulez, French composer, conductor. (AP)

Pierre Boulez, who died this week at 90, was not only a great conductor and composer. He was, Lloyd Schwartz says, the voice of, and for, the modern world.

French Composer-Conductor Pierre Boulez Dies At 90

January 06, 2016
\ French conductor and composer Pierre Boulez conducts the Paris Orchestra at the Louvre museum in Paris. (AP/Christophe Ena)

Pierre Boulez, the celebrated and once controversial composer and conductor, died Tuesday at the age of 90.

French Favorite Francois-Xavier Roth Returns To Conduct The BSO

January 04, 2016
François-Xavier Roth at an earlier concert leading the BSO and soloists in J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 1. (Courtesy Stu Rosner/BSO)

Roth returns to Symphony Hall in two fascinating programs this month and Lloyd Schwartz can’t wait to hear him.

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