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The Podium Mystery

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

How do some conductors achieve awe-inspiring results, while others seem to be mere traffic cops? Here’s an interesting NY Times article about how conductors do what they do, with attempts to analyze their techniques.… Read the rest

The Performer and Technology

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Two Rheinmaidens in Robert Lepage’s production of Wagner’s ‘Das Rheingold.’ Photo: Ken Howard, Metropolitan Opera.

I recently saw two high-tech theatre works, Phil Glass’ “Einstein on the Beach” and Robert Lepage’s “Spades.” Both were remarkable for their complex staging technology, especially “Spades,” which blended the live performer seamlessly with ever-changing wizardry.… Read the rest