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Festive Oslo + MORE

Not surprisingly given that Norway furnishes Trafalgar Square's Christmas tree every year,  its capital has a fair share of illuminated firs - no less than seven that I saw outside and within the National Theatre (pictured above, National Opera below the first photo) when I began my Peer Gynt f.... More »
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Leo Nucci on the Rome Opera crisis: closure could be a good opportunity + MORE

I was born a labourer, before I was a singer I was a blacksmith and a mechanic. My father was a miner. I was in the chorus. Obviously I understand the trade unions. But this is another story altogether.Leo Nucci is commenting on the continuous threats by the unions in Rome, resulting in performances.... More »
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Serious business + MORE

La Cieca (left) reminds her cher public that it is time once again for conversation about off-topic and general interest discussion on the very important and weighty subject of The Opera..... More »
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As Letterman winds down, sidekick Paul Shaffer readies to disband the CBS Orchestra + MORE

Hidden in the attention being paid to David Letterman leading to his May 20 retirement is the knowledge that it will also mean the end of a regular television role for America's bandleader, Paul Shaffer..... More »
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Italian maestro calls Rome Opera sackings ‘shameful’ + MORE

The great violinist Salvatore Accardo, returning home from a tour of China, discovered to his horror that Rome Opera had sacked its orchestra and chorus. He said today: ‘What has happened in Rome – the dismissal of 182 musicians in the most prestigious theater of our capital city –.... More »
The Arts Partnership – a cooperative venture among the Minnesota Opera, the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, the Schubert Club, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra – has raised the final beam on the new 1,100-seat concert hall being built to replace the 300-seat McKnight Theater.

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Bomb squad

– parterre.com

Bomb squadVienna never really forgave Erich Wolfgang Korngold for going to work in the movies. When the exiled composer returned from Hollywood after World War 2 to mount a comeback, he was dismissed as a has-been who all too eagerly cast off high art for the commercialism of the silver screen.
Korngold, it must be said, led with his chin by bringing for the occasion Die stumme Serenade (The Silent Serenade), an hybrid opera-Cabaret that mixes elements of golden age film music with high fructose arias, skittering orchestral accompaniments and other démodé effects as comforting as a serving of Mohr im Hemd…

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On Sunday afternoon, May 25, 2014, celebrated pianist-composer Marc-André Hamelin performed Morton Feldman’s expansive, penultimate work for solo piano, For Bunita Marcus (1985). The concert took place in the intimate Mazzoleni Concert Hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, as part of the inaugural 21C Music Festival…

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CBSO/Adès review  a combination as potent as everSymphony Hall, BirminghamThomas Adès returned to the City of Birmingham Symphony to premiere breathtaking pieces by Gerald Barry and Francisco Coll, played with verve by Nicolas HodgesThe City of Birmingham Symphony orchestra worked regularly with Thomas Adès when he was artistic director of the Aldeburgh festival, but they last appeared together six years ago…

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Akram Khan Pays Tribute to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Pook, Ben Frost, iTMOi: Akram Khan Company, Sadler’s Wells, London, 10.6.2014 (J.O’D)  Dancers: Kristina Alleyne, Sadé Alleyne, Ching-Ying Chien, Denis ‘Kooné’ Kuhnert, Yen-Ching Lin, T.J. Lowe, Christine Joy Ritter, Catherine Schaub Abkarian, Nicola Monaco, Blenard Azizaj, Cheng-An Wu Production: Artistic Director and Choreographer: Akram Khan Composers:Nitin Sawhney, Joceyln Pook, Ben Frost Producer: […]

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Great conductor who was also a great matchmaker It was with considerable sadness that I learnt of the death of Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos at the age of 80. It is always very sad when a great musician passes on. However there was also sadness at a personal level. In 1977, while working for EMI, I was involved in the marketing of maestro Fruhbeck de Burgos recording of Mauel de Falla’s opera Atlántida in the posthumous completion by Ernesto Halfter…

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The madness of Clive: Gestalt Opera at Peckham AsylumA Sign in Space with Felicity Turner – Photo Andreas Grieger Clive and other stories: Gestalt Arts: Peckham Asylum Reviewed by Hilary Gloveron Jun 09 2014 Star rating: 4.0Three short new operas by adventurous new opera companyGestalt Arts was founded two years ago as a brave new opera company by Artistic Director Ruth Mariner and Toby Young when they produced ‘The daisy chain’ for the London Symphony Orchestra Soundhub and Tête a Tête Opera Festival…

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Richard Strauss Remembered – BBC classic

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Richard Strauss Remembered - BBC classic“Our future lies in art, especially in music. In times when spiritual goods are rarer than material ones, and egotism, envy and hatred govern the world, music will do much to re-establish love among mankind” – Richard Strauss. born 150 years ago today.How the world has changed since Richard Strauss was born !  Through his music we might come to know the man he was and how he coped with the horrors of what happened around him, for better or worse…

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Diva Joyce to BBC: ‘I love that the public stands up and defends what we do.’Here’s her spot on the Today programme. She was preceded by a listener who defined himself as ‘a psychotherapist and opera director’.
Jonathan Miller, were you listening?
Click here to listen.

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The conductor Lorin Maazel, 84, will give up his directorship of the Munich Philharmonic and won’t take new professional engagements for the upcoming season.

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Kevin Puts, whose contract extends for three seasons, will begin planning for the next Composer Institute, which will be held in January 2015.

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Adventures in Franco-Russian musical pictures

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Adventures in Franco-Russian musical picturesThis is an edited version of the talk I gave at the Wigmore Hall last Saturday, introducing a programme that consisted of the Debussy Violin Sonata and both of Prokofiev’s, plus Pärt’s Fratres, gloriously played by Alina Ibragimova and Steven Osborne. Enjoy…Did anyone see Benvenuto Cellini the other night at ENO? Well, I hope that by the time we’ve finished here, you might want to – because this is going to have quite a lot to do with Berlioz…

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As his opera Usher House premieres for the Welsh National Opera, Gordon Getty talks to Rupert Christiansen about his famous family and his musical passions

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