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I rolled my eyes a little bit when James Levine was recently described in the Times as “somebody who may be the greatest opera conductor in history.” But after last night’s Così, the fourth performance in his triumphant return to the Met, I can at least understand the thinking behind it (thou.... More »
As well as writing songs to mark his own marriage – the renowned Op. 27 set comprising 'Ruhe, meine Seele', 'Cäcilie', 'Heimliche Aufforderung' and 'Morgen' (still yet to come in the Advent series) – Strauss wrote three songs in 1895 for his sister Johanna's wedding (published as Op. 31). 'Blau.... More »
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Bejun Mehta will never be my favorite countertenor, but singing Orfeo as he does here in Salzburg, in Ivan Alexandre’s lame demi-production of Orfeo ed Euridice, he makes it impossible not to admire him. Relaxed and more naturally .... More »
La Cieca can’t even…
“…the grandest opera houses, where the better tickets are exorbitantly priced, are attended by people who want a good evening out, but are actually presented, as often as not, with what are often called ‘radical rethinkings’ of familiar or even not ve.... More »
* Notes * The last performance of the 2014 season at San Diego Opera was the matinée of Don Quichotte on Sunday, April 13. This may well have been San Diego Opera's final offering, complete with a Save San Diego Opera demonstration outside and capacity attendance inside. The production is a.... More »
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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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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Our Own Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin has devised something to keep you warm on those long winter nights: a complete performance of Les Troyens from 1974!
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 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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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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Royal 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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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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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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By 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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