Critic’s Notebook: At Salzburg Festival, Two Bold Directors Claim Their Stages

Lydia Steier’s “The Magic Flute” riffs on “The Princess Bride” and Hans Neuenfels’s “Pique Dame” explores the privileges money can bring.

Critic’s Notebook: In a Wagnerian Whirlwind, One Conductor Breaks Through

Twelve days. Nine sprawling performances. Two cities. One Kirill Petrenko, whose conducting is “molten, combustible, an eruption of color.”

Critic’s Notebook: Crossing Cultures, and Genres, at the Glimmerglass Festival

Our critic takes stock of three shows at the festival: Bernstein’s “West Side Story,” Kevin Puts’s “Silent Night” and Janacek’s “The Cunning Little Vixen.”