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The Curtain Rises

With a new season of opera upon us, five profiles of companies leaving their mark on the city.

High notes

Boston overdue for a proper opera house

gwen keraval for the boston globe

The Achilles’ heel of Boston’s music scene has long been its lack of an opera house. Is the city ready to talk about a real opera house?

The institution

// Boston Lyric Opera renews its vision

Cautiously but surely, the largest company in New England has become a less predictable place.

THE grass roots

// For Guerilla Opera, every production is a premiere

The Boston chamber-opera company will open its season with “Let’s Make a Sandwich,” pairing two “micro-operas.”

The Mavericks

// Odyssey Opera tests uncharted waters

Since emerging on the scene in 2013, Odyssey Opera has forged an idiosyncratic path with offbeat repertoire and a nomadic footprint.

The Impresario

// Beth Morrison Projects brings ‘Ouroboros’ to Boston

Beth Morrison Projects is a driving force in the difficult task of guiding new-music projects from conception to stage.

the revivalists

// Boston Early Music Festival, a global destination

The Boston Early Music Festival will attract a bigger than ever global audience, as it will stage all three of Claudio Monteverdi’s surviving operas.

High notes

// Operas worth catching this season

Mark your calendars for these selected highlights from the current operatic season in Boston.

Guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney proved their mettle during Sunday’s performance at TD Garden.

Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe

Music review

Black Keys shine at TD Garden

Black Keys have become unlikely arena-rockers in the 21st century. They’re conventionally known as a guitar-and-drums duo.

“America for me might as well be Siberia,” says Jill Barber. “I’m genuinely always surprised when I discover there are fans in cities that I haven’t relentlessly toured and played in.”

Canadian singer Jill Barber brings nostalgic charm to Regattabar

Barber, a star north of the border for her timeless, nostalgic jazz-pop sound, comes to Cambridge on Wednesday.

Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga jazz it up in new collaboration

‘‘The point of this album is not only to bring Tony and I together to collaborate, but to bring jazz to an entirely new audience,’’ Lady Gaga said.


// Erard pianos shaped the course of 19th-century music

Cherished for their brightness, power, and distinctive tonal qualities, Erard pianos made a lasting impact.

// The ticket: Pop music

James Reed’s picks for noteworthy pop music events in Boston and the surrounding area this week.

music review

// Raucous, powerful night with Ty Segall

Friday night’s raucous show had thrashing occurring on and offstage — dancing in the crowd, fleet-fingered guitar heroics from the band.

Lehninger’s Beethoven begins BSO’s season with a bang

The Boston Symphony Orchestra opened with an odd assortment of works by Mozart, Villa-Lobos, and Beethoven, conducted by Marcelo Lehninger.

Classical Notes

// Shostakovich quartets receive their due

The Russian composer’s 15 string quartets, all but one of which qualified until recently as rarities, are turning up more often in concerts and on recordings.

Fall Arts Preview

special section

// Fall arts offerings

Play revisits a polarizing New England figure, Cambridge dance centers go for a spin, plus critics’ picks.


// The week ahead: Music

Critics’ picks for pop, folk, jazz and more music performances in the Boston area and beyond.

Album reviews

Album Review

Lou Harrison, ‘La Coro Sutro’

Gil Rose and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project present warm, inviting accounts of two works by the late California maverick composer.

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