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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:

Kelli O'Hara Crosses Over to Opera in Updated 'Dido and Aeneas'

Friday, April 29, 2016

WQXR
A new production of Purcell's 'Dido and Aeneas' cast Broadway actors and debuted a new prologue to the 17th century work. David Patrick Stearns weighs in on the effort.
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'Les Fêtes Vénitiennes,' a Vaudevillian Spectacle from the Baroque

Monday, April 18, 2016

WQXR
William Christie's Les Arts Florissants and director Robert Carson revive Campra's 18th century opera-ballet at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. David Patrick Stearns reviews it.
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Salonen Reveals the Dramatic Core of Strauss's 'Elektra'

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Met stages Patrice Chereau's acclaimed production of 'Elektra,' starring Nina Stemme in the title role. David Patrick Stearns reviews the opera.
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Sondra Radvanovsky Completes Three Queens Triathlon at the Met

Friday, March 25, 2016

WQXR
Sondra Radvanovsky portrays the third of Donizetti's three queens in a new production of Donizetti's 'Roberto Devereux' at the Met, which David Patrick Stearns reviews.
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Costanzo Shines in Orpheus Double Bill

Thursday, March 24, 2016

WQXR
Matthew Aucoin's 'The Orphic Moment' premieres on a program with Gluck's 'Orfeo et Euridice,' as Anthony Roth Constanzo sings the title role in both. David Patrick Stearns weighs in.
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'The Shining' Brings the Overlook Hotel to the Opera Stage

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

WQXR
Stephen King's novel, The Shining, has been adapted into an opera that will premiere this spring; David Patrick Stearns previews the production.  
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Review: Dmitri Hvorostovsky at Carnegie Hall

Thursday, February 18, 2016

WQXR
Following a diagnosis of brain cancer, Dmitri Hvorostovsky remains a formidable presence, both vocally and physically, as he proved in his Carnegie Hall recital.
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Review: Met's WWII-Era 'Manon Lescaut' Offers Mixed Bag

Saturday, February 13, 2016

WQXR
Roberto Alagna, replacing Jonas Kaufmann, joins Kristine Opolais in an uneven production of Puccini's 'Manon Lescaut' at the Metropolitan Opera.
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LA Opera Highlights Living Composers in 2016-2017 Season

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

New original operas featured in the 2016-2017 season and a three-year composer-in-residence stint from 25-year-old Matthew Aucoin were announced.
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Review: Prototype Festival Operas Challenge with Minimalism and Intensity

Monday, January 11, 2016

Two operas opened this past weekend at the Prototype Festival. Both focus with minimalism on intense subject matter. One does so with great effect, the other misses its mark.
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Review: Met Opera's 'Les Pêcheurs de Perles'

Friday, January 01, 2016

Operavore critic David Patrick Stearns attended the New Year's Eve performance of The Pearl Fishers which returned to the Met after a century.
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10 Pivotal Moments in 2015 for Opera and Classical

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The end of the year means more lists. Here's another one: Operavore critic David Patrick Stearns' list of pivotal moments in 2015.
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Classical Music in Unexpected Venues Such As ... A Harlem Crypt?

Thursday, December 10, 2015

New York's alternative venues include Le Poisson Rouge and Roulette. We can now add The Crypt Sessions from the Church of the Intercession at 155th Street and Broadway to the list.
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Review: Berlin Philharmonic's Beethoven Cycle

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

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

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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.
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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."
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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