A to Z of Wagner: V is for Valkyrie + MORE Nov 28th


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Sparks descending + MORE

On this day in 1856 the second Royal Opera House Covent Garden theatre was destroyed by fire.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZXw-0j0TEI Born on this day in 1748 composer William Shield. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylThUvoaZck On this day in 1868 Arrigo Boito‘s Mefistofele premiered in Milan..... More »

A Masterclass with Ray Chen + MORE

By Caeli Smith: If Ray Chen weren’t busy making a name for himself as a superb violin soloist and social media sensation, he could probably have a career as a dancer. He has some killer moves. On Sunday morning, he was hopping, tip-toeing, and twirling all over the Thalia Theater at Symphony Space.... More »

Stunning Liszt from Kirill Gerstein + MORE

 Bartók, Bach, Liszt. Kirill Gerstein (piano), Wigmore Hall, London, 14.5.2015 (RB) Bartók – Two Pieces from Mikrokosmos Book VI Bach – 15 Sinfonias BWV 787-801 Liszt – Études d’exécution transcendante Liszt’s Études d’exécution transcendante are among the .... More »

Teatro Argentino’s Fun Così fan tutte + MORE

Mozart, Così fan tutte: Soloists, Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Argentino / Rubén Dubrovsky (conductor). Teatro Argentino, La Plata. 2.9.2016. (JSJ) Cast: Fiordiligi: Carla Filipcic Holm Dorabella: Mariana Rewerski Ferrando: Gustavo De Gennaro Guglielmo: Michel de Souza Don Alfonso: Héctor Guede.... More »
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Salieri: La Scuola de’ Gelosi CD review – spirit and poise from a much maligned musician + MORE

Mazzulli/Mameli/D’Aguanno/Sacchi/L’Arte del Mondo/Ehrhardt (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi)As Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus once again tantalises audiences at the National Theatre with the notion that Salieri might actually have dunnit, here is a premiere recording of one of his major operas. Salieri didn.... More »

Video: Jussi Björling sings Prayer of Thanksgiving

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Video: Jussi Björling sings Prayer of ThanksgivingThe great Swedish tenor, never knowingly outsung. Watch the video here.

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 Gaetano Donizetti, Roberto Devereux: (sung in Italian with surtitles in English and Welsh) Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera (on tour), Christian Capocaccia (conductor), Venue Cymru (North Wales Theatre), Llandudno, 22.11.2013  (RJF) Cast Queen Elizabeth, Alexandra Deshorties Roberto Devereux, Earl of Essex, Leonardo Capalbo Sara, Duchess di Nottingham, Leah-Marian Jones Guglielmo Cecil, Geraint […]

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Abel Gance Napoléon RFH Saturday

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Abel Gance Napoléon RFH SaturdayAlmost unique event this Saturday, 30th November – a screening of Abel Gance’s epic Napoléon at the Royal Festival Hall, London.  This version, curated by Kevin Brownlow,  runs from 1330 to 2130 with two intervals and a 100 minute dinner break. A marathon! This screening will be accompanied by the Philharmonia Orchestra, playing Carl Davis’s score for the film…

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A to Z of Wagner: V is for Valkyrie

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A to Z of Wagner: V is for ValkyrieBrünnhilde’s eight warrior sisters, whose entrance is heralded by possibly the most famous piece of classical music ever.V is for Valkyrie, which in Old Norse means “chooser of the slain”. The valkyries’ job was to carry off the heroes of the battlefield and take them to Valhalla, where they would have a high old time singing, drinking and remembering the old times…

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Maura Donohue and Adam Cuthbert collaborate at RouletteRoulette is such a great place. We have been covering a lot of great music happening there, but did you know that a fair share of their program is dedicated to dance? On Tuesday, October 29, Roulette presented a new installment in its [COMPOSER/CHOREOGRAPHER] series: Maura Donohue and Adam Cuthbert…

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Opera Review: ‘Eugene Onegin,’ Featuring Rolando Villazón, at the MetDeborah Warner’s production of “Eugene Onegin” returns to the Met, this time with the tenor Rolando Villazón as Lenski.    

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The Juice Vocal Ensemble have a lot of fun with vocal music, actively questioning what it means to create musical experiences in a range of different traditions.

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Parsifal in Stockholm

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   Wagner Parsifal: Soloists, The Royal Opera Chorus, Children’s Chorus från Adolf Fredrik Music Classes, The Royal Orchestra, Patrik Ringborg (conductor). The Royal Swedish Opera, Stockholm 12.10.2013 (GF) Cast: Amfortas – Ola Eliasson Titurel – Michael Schmidberger Gurnemanz – Christof Fischesser Parsifal – Michael Weinius Klingsor – Martin Winkler Kundry – Katarina Dalayman Two Grail […]

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Britain's Got Talent film is way off-keyA one-dimensional tale of the conflict between dreams of glory and the mundane responsibilities of private life, based on the true story of Paul Potts, the amateur opera singer who won Britain’s Got Talent.    

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Music Review: ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ at the Metropolitan Opera“Der Rosenkavalier” returned to the Metropolitan Opera on Friday with Nathaniel Merrill’s 1969 production and felt utterly fresh.    

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Claudio Abbado’s cancellation was a disappointment, but Antoni Wit’s old-fashioned virtues served him well in a programme of Beethoven

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Rihm: Dionysos – review

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Rihm: Dionysos – reviewErdmann/Klink/Kränzle/Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin/Metzmacher(Euroarts, DVD)Wolfgang Rihm’s Dionysos: Scenes and Dithyrambs, an Opera Fantasy, to give the work its full title, was written for and premiered at the Salzburg festival in 2010. A work of immense ambition and delirious, at times up-itself complexity, it draws its text from Nietzsche’s Dionysian-Dithyrambs – the philosopher’s final confrontation with the ecstatic god of his own aesthetic theories, written in the years preceding his mental breakdown in Turin in 1889…

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An event of continental magnitude: Frank Gehry to build concert hall for Dudamel in VenezuelaEl Sistema founder Jose Antonio Abreu announced last night that the LA architect who built Walt Disney Hall, is coming to Venezuela to do another. This is an event of continental magnitude, giving the country a potential lift on the scale of Sydney Opera House.   Announcement in Spanish here and below…

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