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‘Anti-gay’ comments singer says: I’m a liberal. I like to bitch. + MORE

Valerian Ruminski, the opera singer fired in Ottawa for supposedly anti-gay comments, has offered a fulsome explanation to Slipped Disc readers about his attitudes on life and the way he shares them on social media. He treats the issues raised by his conduct with frankness and self-awareness. He ack.... More »
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Beethoven inspires devotion + MORE

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Beethoven’s Missa solemnis was outstanding..... More »
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Classical: ‘Delusion of the Fury,’ a Dream, Carried Out by Ensemble Musikfabrik + MORE

Harry Partch dreamed up his own instruments, and Ensemble Musikfabrik is bringing them to the Lincoln Center Festival..... More »
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LPO/Manze review – they tore into Elgar’s green and pleasant surfaces to release the pent-up energy beneath + MORE

Royal Festival Hall, LondonManze’s podium manner might resemble an irate scholar losing his rag over library fines, but the musical results were extraordinary Continue reading....... More »
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Victor Hely-Hutchinson: A Carol Symphony Part I + MORE

This is an updated and expanded article first published on MusicWeb International in 2008.Victor Hely-Hutchinson’s A Carol Symphony is one of six works I always listen to at Christmastide. The others include R.V.W.’s Hodie, Finzi’s In Terra Pax, J.S.B.’s Christmas Oratorio and Benjamin Britt.... More »
The Week in Reviews, Op. 25: Christian Tetzlaff, Leila Josefowicz, Midori in concertBy Robert Niles: In an effort to promote the coverage of classical music, each week Violinist.com brings you links to reviews of notable violin performances from around the world. We’d love to hear about any recent concerts and recitals you’ve attended, too. Or just tell us what you think about these reviews!

Christian Tetzlaff performed Joachim’s Violin Concerto No…

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Do you tweet in rehearsal?

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Do you tweet in rehearsal?Or send texts? Or go on Facebook? A colleague reports seeing players in the New York Philharmonic doing just that this morning. Valery Gergiev has been known to read his phone screen while rehearsing the LSO. Some players found that disrespectful – to them, and to the music. So should all phones be surrendered at […]

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Ponzi, the opera

– intermezzo.typepad.com

At the time the Salzburg Festival drew to a close in 2013 – Alexander Pereira's last year in charge – it was showing a projected deficit of over €1m. A deficit that would have been problematic for the Festival and embarrassing for Pereira.
Luckily rescue was at hand. Very close at hand. La Scala agreed to buy several Salzburg productions for a total price of €1…

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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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Met plans "old media" outreach

– likelyimpossibilities.blogspot.com

Met plans "old media" outreachWhile HD cinema broadcasts are generally considered to be the signature achievement of Peter Gelb’s Metropolitan Opera intendancy, the Met announced today that they will be launching several new “old media” initiatives. “Classical music has been fixated on finding a ‘new audience’ via Facebook and Twitter,” Gelb noted, “but most of our audience members don’t know what a Twitter is…

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Board games

– www.therestisnoise.com

Provisionally good news out of San Diego: the board of the opera has voted to postpone closure while it considers various options and reviews the company's perplexing financial history. They say they need $10 million to mount a 2015 season. Strangely, they don't believe that new management is necessary…

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John Malveaux: San Diego Opera, Where Latonia Moore Performed 'Aida' in 2013, Announces Closing After 2014-2015 SeasonLatonia Moore in Aida, San Diego Opera 2013John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:As a small presenter of orchestral and chamber music concerts with ambition to present small opera productions, a statement by the president of the San Diego Opera regarding the announcement of closing after 2014 season grabbed my attention…

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If George Frideric Handel ranks as the king of the oratorio, then certainly Franz Joseph Haydn is its prince.

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The April Fools

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Discover how Spike Jones led the way for Peter Schickele's PDQ Bach, and how one of The Marx Brothers helped Allen Sherman on his way. Also appearances by Anna Russell, Flanders and Swann and, of course, The Clown Prince of Classical Music Comedy, Victor Borge.

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A tenor's-eye view of choral music

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Sociologists speak of class envy, while Freudians speak of penis envy – but in the choral world (and is what is the choral world, after all, but a trembling microcosm of the world itself?) it's tenor envy that seethes just below the surface, erupting now and then in sometimes cruel, other times amusing ways.

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Review – Buried Alive and Embedded, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, March 28, 2014
There is an audience for new opera out here on the prairie. Fargo-Moorhead Opera staged two world premieres this past weekend: Buried Alive (music by Jeff Myers, libretto by Quincy Long) and Embedded (music by Patrick Soluri, libretto by Deborah Brevoort). Both are part of American Lyric Theater’s Poe Project, in which creative teams were commissioned to write operas inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe…

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Israel Philharmonic

– ionarts.blogspot.com

Gianandrea Noseda certainly gets around. In just the last few years, we have reviewed him conducting the National Symphony Orchestra here in Washington, the Teatro Regio Torino Orchestra in Vienna, and he makes regular appearances with the BBC Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Theater, and many other ensembles…

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Review – Buried Alive and Embedded, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, March 28, 2014
There is an audience for new opera out here on the prairie. Fargo-Moorhead Opera staged two world premieres this past weekend: Buried Alive (music by Jeff Myers, libretto by Quincy Long) and Embedded (music by Patrick Soluri, libretto by Deborah Brevoort). Both are part of American Lyric Theater’s Poe Project, in which creative teams were commissioned to write operas inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe…

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