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Offenbach's turn + MORE

David Parry and Martin Duncan at rehearsal break May 23 2014 Garsington Opera's new production of that extreme rarity Offenbach's Vert-Vert had its rehearsal room run through this morning prior to moving to Wormsley over the weekend. And it is an utterly charming piece, hugely enjoyable. M.... More »
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Dark Mystery and Intrigue in Semperoper’s Simon Boccanegra + MORE

 Verdi: Simon Boccanegra: Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden, Mitglieder der Komparserie und Kinderkompserie, Dresden & Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden/Paolo Arrivabeni (conductor), Semperoper, Dresden 13.6.2014 (MC) Cast: Simon Boccanegra: Zeljko Lucic Jacopo Fiesco: Kwangchul Youn Paolo .... More »
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Scottish Opera's Madama Butterfly review Hye-Youn Lee is convincing and nuanced in central role + MORE

Festival Theatre, EdinburghDavid McVicar's classic production offers straight, heartfelt entertainment with a compelling cast and supple orchestraDavid McVicar's 14-year-old take on Puccini's Madama Butterfly has become a Scottish Opera stalwart, the kind of bullet-proof production that any company .... More »
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Classical music sales - separating fact from fiction + MORE

Sales of recorded classical music are an important measure of the health of the art form. Yet, despite this, there is a paucity of informed and objective commentary on the sales trends. Instead industry commentators such as Norman Lebrecht offer quick and dirty comments such as: "Pierre-Laurent Aima.... More »
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British politicians 'scared to show their faces' at opera + MORE

British politicians are scared to show their faces at the opening night of opera, the Royal Opera House's music director argues.... More »

Vienna State Opera season 2014-15

– www.boulezian.blogspot.com

Vienna State Opera season 2014-15From the Albertina Roof, December 2012, when I was working at the Arnold Schoenberg CenterBesides the large number of repertoire performances, six opera premières, including an Austrian première (The Tempest), are scheduled for the 2014/2015 season:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Idomeneo (5 October 2014 – C: Christoph Eschenbach;D: Kasper Holten; with: Michael Schade, Margarita Gritskova, Maria Bengtsson, Chen Reiss); Modest Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina (15 November 2014 – C: Semyon Bychkov; D: LevDodin; with: Ferruccio Furlanetto, Christopher Ventris, Herbert Lippert, Andrzej Dobber; Ain Anger, Elisabeth Kulman, Norbert Ernst); Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto (20 December 2014 – C: General Music DirectorFranz Welser-Möst; D: Pierre Audi; with: Piotr Beczala, Simon Keenlyside, Valentina Naforniţă, Elena Maximova); Richard Strauss: Elektra (29 March 2015; C: General Music Director Franz Welser-Möst;D: Uwe Eric Laufenberg; with: Anna Larsson, Nina Stemme, Anne Schwanewilms, Falk Struckmann); Gaetano Donizetti: Don Pasquale (26 April 2015 – D: Jesús López-Cobos; R: Irina Brook; with: Michele Pertusi, Juan Diego Flórez, Alessio Arduini, Valentina Naforniţă);Thomas Adès: The Tempest (Austrian première on 14 June 2015 – C: Thomas Adès;D: Robert Lepage; with: Adrian Eröd, Audrey Luna, Stephanie Houtzeel, David Daniels)…

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Turmoil among Sibelius fans

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Turmoil among Sibelius fansWe hear murmurs of a split in the UK Sibelius Society, with the resignation of its founder Andrew Barnett and talk of a breakaway group in the making. All very timely with the composer’s 150th anniversary coming up next year. Never knew old Sibelius could generate that much heat.    

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The Argentinian pianist performed a programme of highly contrasted pieces, his playing veering from hushed and poetic to loud and clangorous

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Matt Pakulski, the founder of new Chicago record label FPE, discusses his wide-ranging tastes, his approach to the curation and creation of musical objects, and the label’s first release—an album from Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble.

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The opera house that sells *all* of its seats

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

The opera house that sells *all* of its seatsI was taking coffee today with the director of the Vienna State Opera, Dominique Meyer, when a number flashed up on his phone.   It was the percentage of seats sold by the opera between the day the season opened, September 3, and yesterday. Take a valium before you read the number (especially if you’re […]

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English cellist Julian Lloyd Webber is to retire from performing

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Reviewers' Dislikes

– irontongue.blogspot.com

A review in the NY Times by Vivien Schweitzer has gotten some discussion on Facebook. She’s not a fan of Morton Feldman’s music, but got sent to review a performance of the composer’s monumental, six-hour String Quartet No. 2. She didn’t enjoy it, no surprise, and doesn’t hear the virtues of the piece (and other Feldman works) that others hear…

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Summer at the Handel House Museum

– www.planethugill.com

Summer at the Handel House MuseumGeorge I in his coronation robesThe Handel House Museum’s summer season of events and concerts celebrates this year’s 300th anniversary of the Hanoverian Succession, the coming to the English throne of the ruling dynasty from Hanover which had close links with composer George Frideric Handel. There is also and exhibition looking at the eventful life of the actress and singer Susannah Cibber…

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World Premier Highlighted by Presence of Carreras

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 Kolonovits: El Juez (Los Niños Perdidos), BIOS Orchestra, Rossini Choir, David Giménez (conductor), Teatro Arriaga, Bilbao, 26.4.2014 (JMI)   World Premier Cast: The Judge: Josep Carreras Alberto: José Luis Sola Paula: Sabina Puértolas Morales: Carlo Colombara Abbess: Ana Ibarra Old Woman: Milagros Martín Paco (Cameraman): Manel Esteve Nun/María: María José Suárez Nun: Itiziar de Unda […]
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(Reuters) – The Colorado Symphony is giving new meaning to hitting a high note, announcing on Tuesday a bring-your-own marijuana concert series, the first of which features its chamber ensemble and South-of-the-border food and booze.

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English National Opera (ENO) has announced it will be opening its doors to the world of musical theatre.
In a bid to attract new audiences and shore up its financial future, the British company is joining forces with theatrical impresarios Michael Grade and Michael Linnit…

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Benjamin Grosvenor Returns

– ionarts.blogspot.com

No one who heard Benjamin Grosvenor’s Washington debut recital in 2012, on the heels of a fine debut recording with Decca, was likely to think of missing his second Washington Performing Arts appearance. An impending deluge could not keep me away from hearing this talented and intelligent British pianist again, on Tuesday night in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater…

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ENO Season Launch 2014/2015

– operacreep.wordpress.com

Yesterday morning the English National Opera launched their new season as the last two years I popped in to see what the company has in store for the next year. The usual pitch by John Berry surely felt more confident but it was definitely missing the customary report on finances, which was relegated to a […]

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