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Kobe Bryant is big on Beethoven + MORE

NBA star Kobe Bryant has shared he is a big fan of Beethoven. Now, a new model shoe from Nike will bear the names of both Bryant and Beethoven..... More »
operas

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 »
maestros

Hooterdämmerung? + MORE

“It’s no surprise Kim Kardashian likes to dress as if she’s going to the opera each day.” [Daily Star].... More »
opera news

What exactly am I listening to - the vexed question of cuts and editions in live performance + MORE

Gwynneth Jones as ElektraOn Sunday night Richard Strauss's Elektra was performed at the BBC Proms (see my review). The title role was sung (Elektrifyingly) by Christine Goerke who is an experienced stage Elektra and sang off the book. The version of Strauss's Elektra that we heard was the standard o.... More »
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Maestro on the beach + MORE

He’s back in Chicago September 18. UPDATE: We understand that the shirt was a gift many years ago from the Federazione Molfettesi d’America and that the church on the shirt is 12-13th century..... More »
       Prom 14: Ravel, Simon Holt, Duruflé, Emmanuel Pahud (flute), Ruby Hughes (soprano), Gerald Finley (baritone), Thierry Escaich (organ), BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC National Chorus of Wales, National Youth Choir of Wales, Thierry Fischer (conductor), Royal Albert Hall, London, 27…

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Though Zwilich, Brouwer, and Shatin are only three of many distinguished female composers, they serve as important models of the different ways a successful career as a female composer can look. Each composer has something wildly different to offer to the contemporary music scene with new CD releases.

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Pumeza Matshikiza – Voice of Hope

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Pumeza Matshikiza - Voice of Hope Pumeza: Voice of Hope Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jul 24 2014 Star rating: 4.0Debut recital from the young South African star, mixing opera with Miriam Makeba and traditional songsThe South African lyric soprano Pumeza Matshikiza has released her debut album on Decca. Entitled Voice of Hope, it combines operatic arias by Puccini and Mozart recorded with Simon Hewett and Staatsorchester Stuttgart, with more traditional South African songs recorded with Iain Farrington and the Aurora Orchestra…

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On the Met Opera Lockout

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What lessons can we as fans, musicians, and members of presenting institutions learn from the Metropolitan Opera’s situation? Can we prevent this from happening in our home institutions?

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Richter Plays Schubert Live review  genius on small and grand scaleSviatoslav Richter(Melodiya, four CDs)The centenary of the birth of Sviatoslav Richter, the supreme pianist of the second half of the 20th century, falls next March. His legacy on disc is already prodigious though Richter became increasingly reluctant to perform in a studio, a high proportion of his recitals in his last three decades were recorded, and many of those have been already been released and rereleased on a wide variety of labels…

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The problem is obvious -  there is too much classical musicIn a glowing review in the Guardian Andrew Clements describes the Freiburg Opera’s Parsifal at the Norwich Theatre Royal – see production shot above – as “a show that almost any British company would be happy to have in its repertory”. Yet despite the production’s obvious quality, the four performances by the Freiburg company of Parsifal and Tannhäuser attracted lamentably small audiences…

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Shanghai Symphony Orchestra – China's oldest and biggest

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Shanghai Symphony Orchestra - China's oldest and biggestThe BBC Proms always feature orchestras from outside the UK. We’ve heard the Berliner Philharmoniker, he Wiener Philharmoniker, SWR  Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Concerto Copenhagen and many, many more. This year the focus is on orchestras from outside Europe.  The China Philharmonic Orchestra featured in the Second Night of the Proms…

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And another thing

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UPDATE: A new communication from AGMA, after the jump.
PREVIOUSLY: The MET Orchestra musicians who, we are assured, “love the Metropolitan Opera and want it to succeed” have revised their PPT deck to identify what they claim is an additional $1.2 million in cost savings to the company to be accomplished without taking any dings to their own personal paychecks…

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SALZBURG Austria (Reuters) – The Berlin-born Jewish artist Charlotte Salomon left behind a body of watercolors and text she called “Life? or Theatre?” before she was killed at Auschwitz in 1943 at age 26, carrying her unborn child.

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Britten Sinfonia Academy Aldeburgh Residency

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Britten Sinfonia Academy Aldeburgh ResidencyBritten Sinfonia Academy have just returned from Snape Maltings where they joined Aldeburgh Young Musicians for an intensive week-long chamber orchestra course themed ‘Britten Inspired’.The young musicians explored existing repertoire and also developed new material created by young AYM composers for full ensembles and smaller chamber groups…

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Spano Leads a Tautly Focused Mahler Third

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  Aspen (9): Soloists, Choruses, Aspen Chamber Orchestra, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Christian Arming (conductor), Robert Spano (conductor), Aspen, Colorado. 27.7.2014 (HS) Chamber Orchestra, 25 July Christian Arming, conductor Lynn Harrell, cello Debussy/Alan Fletcher: Six épigraphes antiques Augusta Read Thomas: Cello Concerto No…

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31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR.

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Richard Wagner Supports Constantin Frantz's Denunciation of Prussian Militarism and Pan-GermanismWahn! Wahn! Überall Wahn!Wohin ich forschend blick’in Stadt- und Weltchronik,den Grund mir aufzufinden,warum gar bis aufs Blutdie Leut’ sich quälen und schindenin unnütz toller Wut! Madness! Madness! Everywhere madness!Wherever I searchingly glance,Through chronicles of cities and the world,The grounds thereof to find,Why, to the point of drawing blood,People torment and mistreat each otherIn senseless frenzied rage!Hans Sachs’ Monologue from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg In 1869, Richard Wagner dedicated the second edition of his Oper und Drama to Constantin Frantz (1817–1891)…

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