Garrett Harris

Garrett Harris
Garrett Harris covers the classical music scene for the Reader.

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What happened to Meyerbeer?

The most successful opera composer of the 19th Century is now a footnote

What happened to Giacomo Meyerbeer? After seeing Meyerbeer’s Robert le diable, Chopin proclaimed him to be immortal. His opera Les Huguenots was the first opera to be performed more than 1000 times at the Paris ...

Steve Martin has no point

Who needs clarity when you have charm and humor?

Why do we say what we say? It’s not always a clear choice. Sometimes we just say stuff. Where do the words come from? Who’s in there calling the shots? It could be a single ...

Opus Pops Gala: San Diego Symphony breaks with tradition

Jazz and the Great American Songbook open the symphony season

September feels as though it is taking forever. It feels that way every year. Football starts, school starts, summer ends, and I’m still waiting for the symphony season to begin. This year the San Diego ...

Other than arias drama

A dramatic scene from Otello

The concertate from act III of Otello has long been a favorite scene in the history of opera. With that in mind, I’m shocked at the disparity of views on YouTube between this and the ...

Fiddler jumps off the roof

Loudness is not passion and energy is not conviction.

I saw a Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof on Thursday, August 18. The set and lighting were perfect. The orchestra glimmered with the polish of a thousand and one performances. Dancers executed modern ...

A useless insight

Who cares about being insightful?

I want to discuss the term “insightful.” It's a word which is thrown around the halls of music with some frequency. “The performance was insightful,” “Beethoven's music is insightful,” etc. We've all heard comments along ...

Tenor Johan Botha dead at 51

One of the great tenors of our new century has died

Johan Botha was one of the great tenors of the early 21st Century. He died September 8 in Vienna at the age of 51. The cause has not been made official, but it is known ...

The feminine future of classical music

Women continue to balance the disparity in classical music leadership

I remember stating that it was time for balance between the feminine and the masculine in classical music. It appears I was not alone in that conviction. Maybe observation is a better word than conviction. ...

Peachnote app for classical music

Following a score just got peachy

Peachnote could change everything. At least everything about studying a score. In the past people would follow a recording or even a live performance with the score in hand. It's similar to keeping a score ...

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