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Silent Night, Wexford Festival Opera, review: 'real conviction' + MORE

An operatic take on the 1914 Christmas truce gets a timely debut, says John Allison.... More »
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Best Recordings of 2014 (#1) + MORE

Time for a review of classical CDs that were outstanding in 2014 (published in whole on Forbes.com). My lists for the previous years: 2013, 2012, 2011, (2011 – “Almost”), 2010, (2010 – “Almost”), 2009, (2009 – “Almost”), 2008, (2008 - "Almost") 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004. #.... More »
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Massenet Le roi de Lahore Sunday QEH + MORE

The Chelsea Opera Group presents Jules Massenet Le roi de Lahore this Sunday at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.  A pity it will be unstaged, because this is an opera that needs extravagant extreme visuals, in technicolor, and as over the top as possible. But we mustn't be greedy. Le roi de Lahor.... More »
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Nicola Benedetti portrait + MORE

Nicola BenedettiThe Edinburgh International Festival is gearing up for this year's festival by releasing a series of artist portraits on YouTube. Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti will be performing Glazunov's Violin Concerto with Vasily Petrenko and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra at the Usher Ha.... More »
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Charles Hubert Hastings Parry: Symphony No.5 in B minor + MORE

Charles Hubert Hastings Parry’s Fifth Symphony was composed for the centenary of the Royal Philharmonic Society and was duly heard at the Queen’s Hall on 5 December 1912 with the composer conducting. The original title of the work was ‘Symphony in four linked movements in B minor, 1912’. How.... More »
From among 112 eligible applicants, 8 composers have been awarded $12,500 to support the development of their compositions as part of a two-year initiative to increase diversity across the field.

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NAC Orchestra tour to honour WWI soldiersThe fall tour of the UK, led by maestro Pinchas Zukerman, includes a performance at the historic Salisbury Cathedral and a joint concert with the Royal Philharmonic.

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NEW! Looking To The Future At The Royal Opera House

– www.seenandheard-international.com

  Jim Pritchard Previews the New 2014-15 Season The great and the good in opera and dance journalism gathered at a very early hour at Covent Garden for news of the 2014-15 season … and I was there too for my first time! It was a very laidback, genteel hour, full of self-deprecating humour and […]

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Borodin’s nationalist pageant is hard to stage at the best of times. But Moscow’s Novaya Opera has turned it into a kitsch and tawdry spectacle

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L'Ormindo Cavalli at the Globe

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L'Ormindo Cavalli at the GlobeSue Loder reviews Cavalli L’Ormindo at Shakespeare’s Globe for Opera Today  “Hurrah for the Royal Opera’s latest and most innovative Baroque production. Inside this gorgeous gem of a theatre, the Shakespeare’s Globe’s new indoor space known as the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Kasper Holten and his team have created a mini masterpiece of baroque performance with Cavalli’s L’Ormindo…

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Brooklyn in Austin’s House

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Providing great performances and cultural snapshots of Austin then and now, Copland and Mexico and Brooklyn Rider gave us an inside look into where we’ve been and where we’re going.

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The 2014 winners of the Metropolitan Opera (pictured left) National Council Auditions are sopranos Julie Adams and Amanda Woodbury; tenor Yi Li; bass-baritone Ao Li; and bass Patrick Guetti. Four of these five are associated with the Merola Opera Program. Adams and Woodbury are Merolini this year. Yi Li was in Merola in 2012 and Ao Li was in Merola in 2010…

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Doing The Right Thing In The Worst Possible Way

It is time to weigh in on what’s been unfolding at the Minnesota Orchestra Association (MOA), the processes used, and what the institution can expect moving forward.
#1 Henson Removed
After a long and fretful debate, the MOA finally decided to remove Henson and although that was clearly the correct decision to make, they managed to go about it in the worst possible way by extending his tenure through the end of August, 2014…

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April at King's Place

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April at King's PlaceImogen CooperPhoto sam e studiosApril at Kings Place gives us the chance to hear Imogen Cooper in Rachmaninov, rare Richard Strauss, a family quartet from Germany and duets for actor and instrument.Imogen Cooper and Sonia Wieder-Atherton perform Rachmaninov’s wonderful Cello Sonata, plus music by Janacek, Beethoven, Webern and Shostakovich (12/4)…

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Prince Igor reigns

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Prince Igor – Novaya Opera, Coliseum, 1 April 2014

A despotic invader annexes a troubled state and casts out the rightful ruler. Given recent events, Prince Igor may not be the most sensitive choice to mark the UK-Russia Year of Culture
But if anyone cares to discover Russia's musical achievements instead of dwelling on its political mis-steps, Novaya Opera's gloriously traditional and stupendously performed production is the place to start…

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Royal Opera House 2014-15 season analysed

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Royal Opera House 2014-15  season analysedThe Royal Opera House’s 2014-15 season is a good balance of artistic venture and business savvy. London must be doing something right with sales running at 96% capacity and HD broadcast attendance running neck and neck with live performances. When opera houses and orchestras seem to be imploding elsewhere, it’s worth taking careful note of the ROH strategy…

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Eight composers were chosen to receive grants in a new program to encourage more operas by women.    

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