David Patrick Stearns

David Patrick Stearns is the classical music critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer, a contributor to WRTI-FM in Philadelphia and a frequent contributor to Gramophone and Opera News magazine.

Newspapers: Philadelphia Inquirer classical music critic (2000 to the present) and USA Today music and theater critic (1983-2000).

Radio: WRTI-FM, contributor to Creatively Speaking with Jim Cotter (2009 to the present) and NPR Morning Edition, music commentator (1986-1989). 

Magazines: Frequent contributions to Gramophone and Opera News.

Film: Screenwriter for two Lawrence Kraman documentaries, David Amram The First 80 Years (to be premiered in November) and The Face on the Barroom Floor (to be completed 2013).

Education: MA in musicology from New York University, BS in journalism from Southern Illinois University. Born in Sycamore, Illinois. Now living in Philadelphia.

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David Patrick Stearns appears in the following:

Review: Heartbeat Opera's Tricky 'Butterfly' Adaptation

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

David Patrick Stearns reviews Heartbeat Opera's 'Madama Butterfly' adaptation.
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Review: The Met's 'Flying Dutchman' Brings More Nezet-Seguin Anticipation

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

David Patrick Stearns reviews “The Flying Dutchman” at The Met Opera, finding it a strong revival bringing anticipation of maestro Yannick Nezet-Seguin's full-time tenure.
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Review: Richard Strauss' 'Der Rosenkavalier' at The Met Opera

Friday, April 14, 2017

Robert Carsen's production of “Der Rosenkavalier” at the Met receives a divided reaction in what may also be Renée Fleming’s farewell to the opera stage.
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The Life of Apple Founder Steve Jobs Is Becoming an Opera

Monday, April 10, 2017

Composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell have created the opera “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” about the life of the Apple computer founder. It premieres in July in Santa Fe.
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Review: Respighi 'La Campana Sommersa' Presented Without High-Concept Apologies

Monday, April 03, 2017

Ottorino Respighi's obscure opera 'La Campana Sommersa' (The Sunken Bell) has 'had a surprisingly convincing revival by the New York City Opera' writes reviewer David Patrick Stearns.
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Review: LoftOpera's 'Otello' by Rossini Rewards With Three Fine Tenors

Friday, March 17, 2017

David Patrick Stearns reviews LoftOpera's production of the seldom produced, undervalued opera, in what is said to be the first New York staging in 40 years.
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The Met's New-Generation 'Rusalka' Meets the Current Mermaid Zeitgeist

Friday, February 03, 2017

The Metropolitan Opera's new production of Dvořák's "Rusalka" had some significant odds to overcome at its Thursday opening, writes David Patrick Stearns in his review.
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Review: New York City Opera's 'Candide'

Monday, January 09, 2017

The City Opera production of "Candide" delivers lively entertainment showing Bernstein at his best in a circus-cum-vaudeville style production, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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Review: Metropolitan Opera's New 'Romeo et Juliette'

Sunday, January 01, 2017

The Metropolitan Opera's new production of "Romeo et Juliette" at the New Year's Eve opening may be the risk of the season, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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Review: Kaija Saariaho Opera Walks On Artificial Water at the Met

Friday, December 02, 2016

Kaija Saariaho's "L'Amour de Loin" is one of the operatic wonders of our time, though the best efforts of the Met Opera didn't always reveal that to Thursday's opening night audience.
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Review: Kathleen Battle Returns to the Met

Monday, November 14, 2016

Kathleen Battle's hyped return to the Metropolitan Opera began 30 minutes late. But once she started, she showed no signs of stopping.
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Review: Met's Revival of Janáček's 'Jenůfa' Highlights Karita Mattila

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Karita Mattila's characterization of Jenůfa's tormented stepmother Kostelnicka is the talk of Metropolitan Opera circles, and could well become a signature role.
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For ‘William Tell’ Nerds, The Met Does (Reasonably) Well by Rossini's Epic

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

David Patrick Stearns reviews the new William Tell production at the Met Opera and says that there is much that Rossini's massive epic has to offer, especially at the end.
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Review: Met's New 'Tristan und Isolde' Goes Radical

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

"This was not your typical glittering, socialite-oriented Met opening," writes David Patrick Stearns in his review of this much anticipated new production of "Tristan und Isolde."
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NYC Opera's Double Bill: Stick Around After Intermission

Friday, September 09, 2016

David Patrick Stearns reviews the New York Opera's double bill of Rachmaninoff's "Aleko" and Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci."
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Review: 'Idomeneo' at Mostly Mozart Festival Seeks Converts

Friday, August 19, 2016

David Patrick Stearns writes that at the Mostly Mozart Festival "Idomeneo" had "a clean, trim narrative and never left left you asking why the opera takes periodic left turns."
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Review: Couples Are Reunited in Bracing 'Cosi fan tutte'

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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A performance of Mozart's 'Cosi fan tutte' at the Mostly Mozart Festival brought a "provocatively bracing, razor-sharp edge" to the opera, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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Review: 'The Illuminated Heart' Opens Mostly Mozart Festival

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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Netia Jones's 'The Illuminated Heart,' a 90-minute program of semi-staged Mozart arias kicked off the 50th anniversary of the Mostly Mozart Festival with operatic star power. 
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Review: Long Dormant, Mascagni's 'Iris' Opens at Bard

Monday, July 25, 2016

WQXR
Bard SummerScape stages the first North American revival of Mascagni's symbolist opera, 'Iris,' in almost a century. Critic David Patrick Stearns weighs in on the production.
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Review: 'Paradise Interrupted' Fuses Eastern Manners with Western Narrative

Thursday, July 14, 2016

WQXR
A striking production of Huang Ruo's "installation opera" was presented with the Chinese opera star, Qian Yi. Critic David Patrick Stearns weighs in. 
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