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Wolf-Ferrari's 'Le donne curiose' in London + MORE

Wolf Ferrari's Le donne curiose at the Met in New Yorkin 1912Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari's opera Le donne curiose is the opera which made his name. Based on the comedy by Carlo Goldoni, it is a witty and intricate work which premiered in 1903. Wolf-Ferrari was half German, half Italian and through his life.... More »

Faith in Nazi Opera Conspiracies Reveals Unpleasant Truths About Modern Israel + MORE

Other the last three years, one tenacious dogma that has been systematically debunked on this blog has been that of the Nazi opera conspiracy theory, which claims that National Socialism was an operatic movement secretly based on Wagnerian principles, and that Hitler set out on a lifelong mission si.... More »

A Quick Update on Bernd Weikl's Book + MORE

In the last post, we welcomed the publication of the latest Nazi opera conspiracy book by Bernd Weikl calling for Wagner to be banned in Germany. It was Weikl’s great misfortune that the book’s publication was severely undermined by the simultaneous retraction of charges against Wagner.... More »

A new world of colour and drama - Mozart: Stolen Beauties + MORE

Chamber music with French horn by Mozart, Michael Haydn and Punto; Anneke Scott, Ironwood, ABC Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Aug 12 2015 Star rating: 4.0Vivid colour and bravura techniqueThis new disc on the Australian label ABC Classics comes from horn player Annek.... More »
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Curtain Calls + MORE

This article first appeared at auditionoracle.com Photo: operacreep.wordpress.comLast night I was one of many who had the opportunity to see Terry Gilliam Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini at the cinema. There are all sorts of wonderful things to talk about but I thought I might just dwell on o.... 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

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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

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 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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