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SFBayView.com: 'Pianist Stephanie Woodford, 18, one of 173 worldwide chosen to attend Grammy Camp' + MORE

Stephanie Woodford and her mother at the piano Photo: Lance Burton, Planet Fillmore CommunicationsSan Francisco Bay ViewJune 28, 2014by Lance Burton, Planet Fillmore CommunicationsThere’s no shortage of Black citizen profiles of personal success.One bright profile of a San Francisco community.... More »
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Sudden death of Bayreuth’s stand-in boss + MORE

The manager who was whisked in by the aging Wolfgang Wagner in 2001 to run the festival until his daughter was ready to take over, has died suddenly at the age of 66. Klaus Schultz had been running a small state theatre on Munich’s Gärtnerplatz when he got the call from Wolfgang. He served B.... More »
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Ionarts in Santa Fe: 'Don Pasquale' and 'Fidelio' + MORE

Prisoners' Chorus in Fidelio, 2014, Santa Fe Opera (photo by Ken Howard) Charles T. Downey, Updated Donizetti and Beethoven offer mixed results at Santa Fe Opera The Classical Review, August 6 It is an odd summer at the Santa Fe Opera, considering the festival’s repertorial specialties. The season.... More »
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St Matthew Passion review Bach turned battle of the bands + MORE

Sage, GatesheadKyra Humphreys' outfit just shades it over Bradley Creswick's in the Northern Sinfonia's sparring contest-cum-performance of Bach's St Matthew PassionBroadly speaking, there are two approaches taken with performances of Bach's Passion settings: the historically informed route of gut s.... More »
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CD Spotlight. Varied Mythology + MORE

Deutsche Grammophon's Strauss opera compilation, sampled by Robert Anderson. '... a hugely enjoyable set ...'.... More »

All Venues Great and Small

– www.newmusicbox.org

Kevin Puts’s new work, How Wild the Sea, premiered in Austin by the Miro String Quartet and the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra. And Los Angeles-based composers Sepand Shahab, Colin Wambsgans, and Michael Winter battle fierce winter weather to bring their own music to a small Austin club.

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Lyric Opera has whipped up a perfect holiday confection for opera lovers in “Die Fledermaus (The Bat)” by Johann Strauss Jr., which opened Tuesday night at the Civic Opera House…

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An enterprising revival of Richard Strauss’s fascinating, frustrating, rarely performed opera from Leon Botstein and his American Symphony Orchestra

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One of the finest current Gustav Mahler-combos—Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra—assembled before a packed Grosser Saal of the Vienna Konzerhaus December 4th. In tow their latest Mahler-project, the Ninth Symphony.

In the first movement, the orchestra displayed the qualities that make them so enjoyable to hear: playing alive with individuality, fully in control of the material (

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This week: concerts in New York (December 16 – December 22, 2013)Daniel LippelDaniel LippelSpectrum is thrilled to present International Contemporary Ensemble guitarist Dr. Daniel Lippel. He will perform two sets of ambitious music for what is widely reputed to be the least-ambitious instrument in the history of human civilization. Wednesday, December 18 at 7:30 PM Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors Spectrum, 121 Ludlow, 2nd Floor, New York, NY …

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Troy for ever reaps a dire delightOur Own Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin has devised something to keep you warm on those long winter nights: a complete performance of Les Troyens from 1974!
Hector Berlioz
LES TROYENS
Metropolitan Opera
Rafael Kubelik, conductor
16 March 1974
I: La prise de Troie
Cassandre – Shirley Verrett
Chorèbe – Louis Quilico
Enée – Jon Vickers
Ascagne – Judith Blegen
Priam – Edmond Karlsrud
Hécube – Jean Kraft
Helénus – William Lewis
Polyxène – Maureen Smith
Panthée – Richard T…

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Jihoon Kim Recital, Royal Opera House

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Jihoon Kim Recital, Royal Opera HouseJihoon Kim is shining proof that the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, London, develops singers into complete artists. rich, resonant bass is much admired. During his two years as a Jette Parker Young Artist in 2011/13 he was cast in a wide range of roles at the Royal Opera House, from Alessio in Bellini’s La sonnambula and Colline in Puccini’s La bohème to the Ghost of Hector in Berlioz’s Les Troyens…

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Money off Manon

– intermezzo.typepad.com

Thanks to all the readers who emailed me about a rare Royal Opera House discount.
Top price stalls and stalls circle tickets for Manon are reduced to £85  (from £150-160) with a new TravelZoo offer.
The price cut is valid for three performances only- 17 January, 28 January and 4 February. Book via the ROH website, using the code tzoomanon…

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El Niño by John Adams – review

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El Niño by John Adams – reviewRoyal Festival Hall, LondonAdams’s nativity oratorio with a contemporary, female, Latin American accent had power but a fitful momentumThe Southbank Centre’s year-long The Rest Is Noise series closed with a work premiered in 2000 – John Adams’s nativity oratorio, El Niño. While the composer has said that his religious beliefs are “shaky and unformed”, this two-hour piece for five soloists, large adult chorus, children’s chorus and sizeable orchestra, takes as its subject the birth of Jesus – viewed in an unconventional way…

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On Beethoven's Birthday, The Three Periods

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It was not long after Beethoven's death that people began to talk about "three periods" in his music. Despite the obvious simplifications involved, this division continues to be used and discussed today.

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Some rare Offenbach

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I was at another performance of The Fizz yesterday – and delighted to see there Nicholas Kraemer, W11 Opera's co-founder and old friend from Glyndebourne and Chicago days. It was a great show.  It had been already on Saturday afternoon, and the third performance was inevitably even better!  This is a joyful beginning to the Christmas holiday season…

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The musicians, who have been locked out by orchestra management for over a year, will play 10 concerts in the spring.    

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Day 16 — Drei Lieder der Ophelia

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Day 16 — Drei Lieder der OpheliaBy 1918, when Strauss wrote this triptych of Ophelia’s songs from Hamlet (in a German translation by Karl Joseph Simrock), he was a highly accomplished opera composer. Guntram, Feuersnot, Salome, Elektra, Der Rosenkavalier, both versions of Ariadne auf Naxos and Die Frau ohne Schatten were all under Strauss’s belt…

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