the Q review

Ken Quandt is our roving and occasionally raving Opera Correspondent, Classicist in Residence, Occasional Diarist of Some Repute, Geometer of the Nearly Parallel, and Minister Without Portfolio for classics without walls. He can be reached at

World Première: Kaija Saariaho’s Adriana Mater (Bastille, April. 2006)

World Première: John Adams’s Doctor Atomic (San Francisco Opera, Oct. 2005)

A What Do I Listen For Next? Diary, Chicago Lyric Opera (April 2005)

Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde (Bastille, April 2005)

Messiaen’s St François (Bastille, Nov. 2004)