MJ Chen

Arts Editor


The composer is dead

License to trill: A chat with law student/flutist Caroline Wong


May 2, 2014

The Composer is Dead

A sneak peek behind the velvet curtain


April 18, 2014

Lady of the lake: Martínez makes waves as voiceless lead

"As Rusalka, her silence is alien in a world of song—she makes the glittering royal court her desert. There’s a desperation in her movement that’s both heart-wrenching and captivating to watch."


March 6, 2014

For two days only, CSO brings Schubert mass to life

As led by conductor Riccardo Muti, Schubert’s Mass in A-flat, a 30-minute piece from the “master of song,” proves to indeed be timeless.


February 7, 2014

The Barber of Seville steals the show with Figaro at the Lyric

In its latest production, Rossini's classic makes for the perfect rom-com for you and your sweetheart this Valentine's Day.


February 4, 2014

The Lyric’s Die Fledermaus is Die party of the season

A lively and unforced comedy, this classic operetta finds a star in supporting performer Daniela Fally.


January 14, 2014

La Traviata just shy of magnifique

The opera, a narrative of French love and tuberculosis, is a near-miss for the usually excellent Lyric.


November 26, 2013

For the Lyric Opera, Wagner’s Parsifal is Holy Grail

Arthurian legend provides "intense, spiritual moments" for opera fans.


November 22, 2013

New assistant organist to perform at weekly show

Coming through the pipeline: Phillip Kloeckner takes care to play both classics and throbbing club hits during his Wednesday Rockefeller concerts.


October 29, 2013

Big laughs as CSO stages nightmare on South Michigan

Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo don wigs, play pop tunes at the CSO.


October 22, 2013