Robust ‘Bohème’ at Tanglewood extends Andris Nelsons’s string of opera successes

The BSO’s Saturday night performance featured soprano Kristine Opolais in lustrous voice, while Sunday brought Leonard Bernstein’s beguiling “Chichester Psalms” and a virtuosic Yuja Wang in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

US singer Madonna speaks to the press at a news conference in Blantyre, Malawi, Monday, July 16, 2018. Madonna has adopted four Malawian children, is in the country to celebrate the first anniversary of the Mercy James Centre for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care, named after one of her adopted daughters. (AP Photo/Thoko Chikondi)


Madonna, back in Malawi, now considering soccer academy

Madonna has returned to Malawi to celebrate the first anniversary of a medical facility named after one of the four children she adopted from this southern African country.

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2018 file photo, Cardi B attends the Warner Music Group pre-Grammy party in New York. MTV announced Monday, July 16, that the rapper received ten nominations at this year’s MTV Video Music Award, which returns to New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on Aug. 20. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)


Cardi B leads MTV VMA nods with 10, Beyoncé and Jay-Z nab 8

The year of Cardi B continues — this time with a slew of MTV Video Music Award nominations.

15namesPuth -- Singer-songwriter Charlie Puth at Berklee College of Music on July 12. (Marc Moran for Spotify)

Berklee alum Charlie Puth returned to the school for a private show

The performer gave words of encouragement to the assembled students in between songs.

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‘Springsteen on Broadway’ coming to Netflix

A filmed version of the Boss’s show will stream on Dec. 15, the date of his final Broadway performance.

Music Review

In time, Erasure hits the high notes at the House of Blues

Singer Andy Bell pushed through “a bit of a croak, a bit of a cold,” and as he did the show gathered velocity and strength.

BSO names director of new Tanglewood Learning Institute

Sue Elliott will lead a new center for adult education and enrichment that will open next year in a four-building complex now under construction at the orchestra’s summer home in Lenox. 

Album review

A sea of calm from Punch Brothers on ‘All Ashore’

On their fifth album, the bluegrass quintet profess optimism during trying times.

The week ahead: music, theater, art, and more

Globe critics’ picks for concerts, shows, and events in Greater Boston this week.

Summer Arts Preview 2018

Summer Arts preview

// The best in music, theater, art, TV, and more this summer

Your must-see guide to arts and entertainment this season, from Boston to the Berkshires and beyond.

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Read about the latest albums reviewed by the Globe.

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The Weekender: Casanova, Beck, Dwayne, and Jason

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

The branches of Lori McKenna’s ‘Tree’ lead back to family

In advance of her sold-out show at City Winery, the singer/songwriter from Stoughton talks about the close-to-home inspirations for her album.

Gonzalo Grau coaches Eleasah Whittaker (center) and Rehanna Fernandes Nuñez, two of Boston Landmarks Orchestra’s newest featured composer-soloists.

With a collaborative piece for Boston Landmarks Orchestra, ZUMIX students reach for the stars

On July 18, the orchestra premieres a piece written by four local young women in collaboration with composer Gonzalo Grau. We talked to them about how they did it.

Jorma Kaukonen of the Jefferson Airplane confronts members of the Hells Angels at Altamont.

book review

Recalling Altamont as a crime story

“Just a Shot Away” tells the true story of the free concert that turned into a psychotic nightmare.

Neil Young performs solo at the Boch Center Wang Theatre.

Music review

At the Wang, a free-wheeling journey through Neil Young’s past

In the first of his two solo shows in Boston, Young leaned heavily into his ’70s catalog and was an amiable, absent-minded storyteller between songs.

Good Charlotte to headline benefit concert for 5 slain

The city of Annapolis will hold a benefit concert featuring Maryland-based rockers Good Charlotte to honor the five Capital Gazette employees killed in an attack in their newsroom.

Elvis’s Rolls-Royce is the centerpiece of Eugene Jarecki’s “The King.”

Movie Review

‘The King’ takes Elvis’s Rolls-Royce for a ride

Eugene Jarecki’s nonfiction film “The King” offers a singular view of America and Elvis Presley.

Album review

Rays of light from Dirty Projectors on ‘Lamp-Lit Prose’

His previous album found frontman Dave Longstreth in a “death spiral” after a breakup with bandmate Amber Coffman, but clearly he’s moved on.

“In the history of Faust, there are two things that have been very important — food and dogs,” says frontman Jean-Herve Peron (left). Percussionist Werner Diermaier is shown at right.

For krautrock icons Faust, the revolution goes on

Nearing its 50th year, the current iteration of the groundbreaking German band comes to Brighton Music Hall next week.

Justin Clancy

Recovery has given Justin Clancy a purpose his music had been missing

The debut album by the MC/vocalist/songwriter from Revere is a life-affirming collection of deeply personal songs that reflect his struggles with addiction.

This combination photo shows singer Justin Bieber at the Cannes festival palace in Cannes, southeastern France on Nov. 7, 2015, left, and model Hailey Baldwin at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 20, 2018. Bieber, 24, and Baldwin, 21, are engaged after a month of dating. Bieber confirmed the engagement in an Instagram post Monday, July 9, 2018, that included a photo of Baldwin kissing him. He promises in the post to put Baldwin first and calls her the love of his life. (AP Photo)

Justin Bieber confirms engagement to Hailey Baldwin in Instagram post

Justin Bieber and 21-year-old model Hailey Baldwin are engaged after a month of dating.

CARDIFF, WALES - JUNE 06: Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles perform on stage during the


Beyoncé, Jay-Z to headline Africa festival honoring Mandela

The Dec. 2 concert in Johannesburg is part of events marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of the anti-apartheid leader.

The Boston Pops and cast in Saturday’s semi-staged performance of “On the Town.”

Music Review

Tanglewood opens with Bernstein’s exuberance, Lang Lang’s return

The Bernstein celebration at Tanglewood began in earnest on Saturday night with a semi-staged performance of the joy-filled musical “On the Town.”

Luke Bryan at Fenway Park.

Music review

At Fenway, Luke Bryan celebrates good times with good people

The country superstar’s high-energy set showcased anthems that embraced optimism and a communal spirit.

Vocalist Steven Tyler (L) and guitarist Joe Perry of Aerosmith perform during their


Aerosmith’s most popular song was inspired by . . . Barbra Streisand?

The band’s only song to ever hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart has a surprising origin story.

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Elvis Costello cancels European tour dates after cancer surgery

Elvis Costello has canceled the rest of his European summer tour after undergoing surgery for a “small but very aggressive” cancerous tumor.

Elizabeth Rowe, Principal Flute at the Boston Symphony Orchestra

The BSO’s principal flutist says she is paid far less than the man who is the principal oboist

Elizabeth Rowe is suing under the new Massachusetts Equal Pay Law, saying she was paid “about three quarters” what the male principal oboist received.

Ms. Lauryn Hill plays Blue Hills Bank Pavilion July 11.

The week ahead: music, theater, art, and more

Globe critics’ picks for concerts, shows, and events in Greater Boston this week.

Leonard Bernstein and Felicia Montealegre with children (from left) Alexander, Nina, and Jamie in an undated family photo.

Jamie Bernstein, her ‘Famous Father,’ and nothing to hide

Leonard Bernstein’s eldest daughter discusses her new memoir “Famous Father Girl,” the upcoming performance of “Trouble in Tahiti” she’ll direct at Tanglewood, and a musical her father would be very sad to have missed.

From songwriter to singer, Southie’s Sasha Sloan is finding her own voice

After songwriting collaborations with the likes of DJ Kaskade, Charli XCX, and Tinashe, Sloan’s debut EP, “sad girl,” is a much more personal statement.

Rita Moreno (left) and Natalie Cortez perform during the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular at the Hatch Shell.

Music review

With big assists from Moreno and Giddens, the Pops envisions a welcoming America

The Fireworks Spectacular concert also included the Indigo Girls, Rachel Platten, and plenty of pro-immigrant commentary.


Albarn’s rain-cloud reflections leave Gorillaz in the mist

“The Now Now” is a moody, low-stakes affair.

Whitney Houston in “Whitney,” a documentary from Kevin Macdonald.

Movie Review

Darkness and light in Whitney Houston documentary

Kevin Macdonald’s film includes numerous interviews that cover mostly familiar terrain, with a few bombshell allegations that expose some of the demons battled by one of pop’s leading lights.

Frontman James Alex has repurposed some of his band’s music with gentle vocals, cellos, and piano.

With Quiet Slang, a lifelong punk turns down the volume

Frontman James Alex has repurposed some of his band’s music with gentle vocals, cellos, and piano.

Classical notes | David Weininger

From Philip Glass to folk-inspired violin, sounds for the summer

Reviews of recent recordings by Boston-area ensembles and artists, as well as some who will be performing in the area in the coming weeks.

Tyler Pedersen and the four other finalists will perform solos Saturday at The Lawn on D.

The beat goes on for five vying for a Blue Man Group cameo

Saturday at Lawn on D, five drummers will compete for prizes and a chance to perform onstage with the group.

From left: Nicholas Payton, Esperanza Spalding, and Terri Lyne Carrington at Scullers.

Music Review

A lot of love in the air as the TEN Trio grooves at Scullers

The combined talents of Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding, and Nicholas Payton made for a jazz powerhouse.

Drake, pictured in a 2011 file photo.


Drake confirms rumors of a son in newest album, ‘Scorpion’

The 31-year-old rapper released ‘‘Scorpion’’ on Friday. In two songs, he addresses rumors that he fathered a son with a former French adult-film star.

album review

‘Hope’ and change from Florence + the Machine

The powerhouse English singer gets personal and reflective on her band’s new album.

ARC Ensemble tracks down the suppressed works of a wide range of 20th-century composers and champions the best of what they find.

Music from the shadows, being heard anew

The Toronto-based ARC Ensemble tracks down the suppressed works of a wide range of 20th-century composers and champions the best of them.

Comedian Michael Che performs at the Wilbur Theater in Boston in 2017.

The Weekender: Michael Che, Kyrie Irving, and kittens

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan’s country doesn’t have boundaries

The singer, who plays Fenway Park July 6, talks about his expansive view of his own music and his fans.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Camillo Landini’s 1787 portrait of Maria Carolina of Austria, the politically savvy wife of the king of Naples and Sicily.


Mozart for an era of political machinations

The composer’s last piano concerto will be performed July 13 at Tanglewood.

The Tanglewood Festival Chorus performing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in August 2017. Front row, from right: New chorus conductor James Burton, BSO music director Andris Nelsons, and singers Kristine Opolais and Bryn Terfel.

Harsh notes amid purge of BSO’s chorus

The acclaimed Tanglewood Festival Chorus’s new conductor has decimated its ranks, forcing out a large swath of singers, including many senior members.

Sam Smith (shown in New York last year) enticed the crowd into sing-alongs Tuesday night at TD Garden.

Music Review

A mood-lifting performance from Sam Smith at TD Garden

The British balladeer’s fast-paced concert Tuesday didn’t wallow in the pain felt in his songs so much as celebrate it.

A member of the Athene Wilson and Friends Band performs a set at Ryles.


In a sentimental mood at Ryles as it closes after 40 years

As the Inman Square jazz club prepares to close, performers, fans, and staff reflect on 40 years of good music and good times.

Lucinda Williams with Charles Lloyd and the Marvels.

album review

Charles Lloyd, Lucinda Williams meet at the crossroads

On “Vanished Gardens,” Williams provides a perfect complement to the Americana leanings of Lloyd’s work with the Marvels.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady takes questions from reporters following an NFL football minicamp practice, Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)


Backstreet Boy AJ McLean on Tom Brady’s U2 video: ‘Not everyone is supposed to be a singer’

In a video shot for TMZ Sports, McLean was very generous when it came to assessing TB12’s vocal abilities.

Colonial adds ‘Cinderella,’ concerts to its calendar

Programming at the reopened theater will include performances by Michael McDonald, Rufus Wainwright, and Heather Headley.

Holly Maniatty (right) signed during a performance by a contestant in the the Royal Majesty Drag Show and Competition in Portland, Maine, in 2013. A video of Maniattyinterpreting Eminem’s 2013 hit song “Rap God” at this year’s Firefly Music Festival in Delaware has gone viral.

Maine resident’s sign-language performance of Eminem’s ‘Rap God’ ignites social media

It’s not Holly Maniatty’s first time capturing the attention of an audience.