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.


David Patrick Stearns appears in the following:

Review: Berlin Philharmonic's Beethoven Cycle

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

WQXR music critic David Patrick Stearns reviews the orchestra's performance at Carnegie Hall.


Opera Review: Alban Berg's 'Lulu' at the Met

Friday, November 06, 2015

David Patrick Stearns reviews the new William Kentridge production of Alban Berg's "Lulu" at the Metropolitan Opera.
Read More

Comments [14]

Review: Eric Owens Opens Philharmonic Residency with Uneven 'Footsteps'

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The genial, celebrated bass-baritone Eric Owens opened a year-long Philharmonic residency with "Great African American Singers and Their Legacy."
Read More

Comments [3]

Magical Thinking Stalks New York's Opera World

Monday, October 05, 2015

Gotham Chamber Opera's assertion that it didn't know it had a major deficit exemplifies the magical thinking that permeates opera management, writes David Patrick Stearns.
Read More

Comments [8]

Review: Metropolitan Opera Searches Dark Heart of 'Otello' in Season Opener

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Even if the new Bartlett Sher production of Verdi's late masterpiece wasn't all one could hope for, much of it was, writes David Patrick Stearns.
Read More

Comments [2]

Analysis: Boston Symphony's Young Conductor Takes on Another Post – Can He Handle It All?

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra has said that Andris Nelsons will be its next chief conductor, making the 36-year-old suddenly very busy.
Read More

Comments [5]

Review: Ravishing 'Written on Skin' Delivers Creepy Violence But to What End?

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

George Benjamin's opera Written on Skin arrived with many international endorsements but Operavore critic David Patrick Stearns was not among the enraptured at Tuesday's opening.
Read More

Comments [4]

Review: Marion Cotillard a Memorable Warrior Saint at the New York Philharmonic

Thursday, June 11, 2015

"Jeanne d’Arc au bucher" came off as a well-budgeted Bible pageant with a memorable lead portrayal, writes David Patrick Stearns.
Read More

Comments [7]

The Weird and Unexpected Delights of Summer Music Festivals

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Ambitious festivals are their own destination, homes to category-defying works, provocations and musical rehabilitations, writes David Patrick Stearns.
Read More

Comments [1]

Review: Renée Fleming Makes Broadway Debut as Vain Diva in 'Living on Love'

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The best moments in this mixed bag of a play are the inside-y opera ones, writes Operavore critic David Patrick Stearns.
Read More

Comments [5]

Review: Met Opera's New 'Cav/Pag' Features Double Dose of Love and Death

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Like so many opening nights at the Met, the new David McVicar staging of "Cav/Pag" was more of a beginning than an arrival, writes David Patrick Stearns.
Read More

Comments [12]

Review: Handel's Semele Comes to BAM With Ming Dynasty Temple. And Sumo Wrestlers.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

David Patrick Stearns reviews this production by the Canadian Opera Company.
Read More

Comments [3]

Review: DiDonato Marvels in Rossini's 'La Donna del Lago'

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

You can question the dramatic viability of Rossini's "La Donna del Lago" in the 21st Century but still marvel at Joyce DiDonato surpassing herself in the role of Elena.
Read More

Comments [17]

Review: A Strange Night at the Metropolitan Opera's Bluebeard and Iolanta

Friday, January 30, 2015

With an on-stage protester and a hallucinatory staging of Bluebeard's Castle, a night at the Metropolitan Opera becomes unsettling, writes David Patrick Stearns.
Read More

Comments [9]

Review: A Less than Merry Widow at the Metropolitan Opera

Thursday, January 01, 2015

"The Merry Widow" was more sleepy than bubbly when its splashy new production opened New Year’s Eve at the Metropolitan Opera, writes David Patrick Stearns.
Read More

Comments [16]

Review: With Luxury Casting, Turin Opera Rehabilitates William Tell at Carnegie Hall

Monday, December 08, 2014

Sunday's four-hour performance by the Teatro Regio Torino at Carnegie Hall offered many rewards, writes David Patrick Stearns.
Read More

Comments [6]

Smartphone App, Tweet Seats Add Interactivity to Philadelphia Concert Halls

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The technological barbarians are at the gate – and are being welcomed graciously.
Read More

Comments [21]

Review: Handel's Alcina a Vocal Feast in an Unusually Hushed Carnegie Hall

Monday, October 27, 2014

With Joyce DiDonato leading the cast, Carnegie's concert presentation of Alcina showed why the work should never lose its special occasion status, writes David Patrick Stearns.
Read More

Comments [3]

Review: Depth, Not Controversy, Lingers After Met Opera's The Death of Klinghoffer

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Despite a demonstration across from Lincoln Center—and interruptions from hecklers—"The Death of Klinghoffer" production captured its many layers, writes David Patrick Stearns.
Read More

Comments [23]

Review: Pretty Yende Enterprising in New York Recital Debut

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pretty Yende's New York debut revealed a magnetically lush soprano and as much genuine warmth as boundless artistic confidence, writes David Patrick Stearns.
Read More

Comments [3]