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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:

Review: 'The Illuminated Heart' Opens Mostly Mozart Festival

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

WQXR
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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New York City Opera Spreads Its Wings with 'Florencia'

Thursday, June 23, 2016

WQXR
'Florencia en el Amazonas,' kicks off New York City Opera's Spanish-language series, with a butterfly-themed production. David Patrick Stearns reviews the performance.
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Review: 'The Importance of Being Earnest' Crashes into the NY Phil Biennial

Friday, June 03, 2016

Gerald Barry's 'The Importance of Being Earnest' received its U.S. stage premiere in a plate-smashing and somewhat confounding production by the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center.
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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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