March 23, 1996
Bravo and thank you, Martin Bernheimer! The Verdi of music critics. Never content with mediocrity. For the insight, knowledge, wit, brilliant and delicious way with words. Always candid and passionate about the arts. A humanist, long overdue for another Pulitzer Prize. Auf Wiedersehen, keep in touch. ANNE LUCKERMAN Tustin
March 2, 1996
It is with profound regret that I read that Martin Bernheimer is leaving his post at The Times. From Day 1 of his tenure I have been reading his reports on the local, national and international music scene, especially when it came to opera. He wrote with flair, style, insight, penetrating wit and sarcasm, the ingredients of being a superb music critic. His vocabulary was incisive and encyclopedic, which made me scurry more than once to the Oxford Dictionary for illumination. I remember what Kurt Herbert Adler, the late general director of the San Francisco Opera, said when asked whether he ever read a music critic's opinion.
February 24, 1996
I will miss Martin Bernheimer's criticism ("Times Critic Bernheimer to Leave After 30 Years," Feb. 15). He has frequently amused me, occasionally enraged me, often educated me . . . but never bored me. PHIL PETTY Newport Beach We are sorry that Martin Bernheimer is leaving The Times, but we realize that 30 years is a long time to be in such a demanding position. We have enjoyed his definitive reviews and commentaries (sometimes agreeing, and disagreeing at other times)
February 15, 1996 |
After more than 30 years of writing music and dance criticism for The Times, Martin Bernheimer is leaving to pursue other projects. Among his many distinctions, Bernheimer, 59, won a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1981, and he is a regular lecturer and quiz panelist on the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts. He has also taught criticism at USC, UCLA, Cal State Northridge and CalArts.
January 27, 1996
I have just spent a month in Los Angeles and have been delighted by the insight and wit of Martin Bernheimer's music reviews. There is an interesting person behind the savvy writing, and I'm told he got a Pulitzer for it too. Alas, I am back in New York where our New York Times music reporters are bland and faceless. MARSHALL IZEN New York
December 16, 1995
Excuuuuuuse us for watching and enjoying Pavarotti on PBS (" 'World'-Weary View of Pavarotti," Calendar, Dec. 6). We think Martin Bernheimer needs to reconcile his apparent elitist attitude and lust for self-proclaimed operatic purity and its attendant exclusivity for the immense benefit and enjoyment of the "masses," i.e., many folks like us. If he really cares about opera and its appreciation, he should applaud the interface of mediums and audiences offered...