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Heart of Darkness at Opera Parallele + MORE

My review of Tarik O'Regan's Heart of Darkness is up at SFCV. I am generally positive, certainly about the performances and much of the music, but I have more reservations than Joshua Kosman. Georgia Rowe calls out dramatic issues and finds it shapeless.Philip Skinner was spooky and terrifying;.... More »
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Oompah! What a Wagner singer does on her off days + MORE

Meet Hanna Wollschläger, a Berlin-based big-voiced soprano who dies as much Wagner as she can get, but there’s never enough to go around. So between times, she’s Gusti. Just Gusti Are there any who like to have an Oktoberfest Evening ? Invite me ! Love to come and sing for you.   &nb.... More »
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Gloomy London! + MORE

Notwithstanding the grey depressing weather, cold and windy, I bravely walked from Battersea, over Chelsea Bridge, to Sloane Square yesterday afternoon - excellent exercise and good for feeling good (and smug!). Today there is more of the same gloom, but I will have the pleasure of making my way to.... More »
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Ex-assistant to ENO’s music director is killed in car smash + MORE

Becky Hickmore, who was personal assistant to Paul Daniel when he was music director of English National Opera, has been tragically killed with her three year-old daughter, Milly, when her family car came off the M4 motorway and hit a tree. Becky’s husband, John Taylor, and their elder daughte.... More »
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Deutsche Oper Strauss-Wochen (3) - Die ägyptische Helena, 8 April 2016 + MORE

Die ägyptische Helena © 2009, Marcus LieberenzDeutsche OperHelena – Ricarda MerbethMenelas – Stefan VinkeHermione – Selina IslAïthra – Laura AikinAltaïr – Derek WeltonDa-Ud – Andrew DickinsonFirst Servant – Alexandra HuttonSecond Servant – Stephanie WeissFirst Elf – Elbenita K.... More »

I feel incredibly honoured to have presented BBC New Generation Artists on BBC Radio 3 for the past four seasons. It’s inspirational to get to know so many exceptionally talented young instrumentalists, singers and chamber ensembles so early in their careers, and gratifying to be able to watch closely as they grow and develop during the two years they spend on the scheme…

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Handel – Siroe

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Handel - Siroe Handel Siroe; Yosemeh Adjei, Anna Dennis, Aleksandra Zamojska, Gottingen Festival Orchestra, Laurence Cummings; Accent Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jun 14 2014 Star rating: 4.0Lovely dramatic feel to Handel’s rarely done 1728 operaHandel’s 1728 opera Siroe has not, so far, done well on disc so this new recording on the Accent label is most welcome…

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  Mahler: Symphony No 8.Soloists, Philharmonia Voices, Tiffin Boys’ Choir,Rodolfus Choir, Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor), Royal Festival Hall, London, 26.6.2014. (JPr)   Judith Howarth (soprano): Magna Peccatrix Elizabeth Llewellyn (soprano): Una Poenitentium, Gretchen Lucy Crowe (soprano): Mater Gloriosa Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano): Mulier Samaritana Justina Gringyte (mezzo-soprano): Maria Aegyptiaca Robert Dean Smith (tenor): Doctor Marianus […]

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Fairy-tale Magic of the Vocal Sort in Frankfurt

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 Dvorak: Rusalka, Soloists, Opera Frankfurt Chorus, Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra, Johannes Debus (conductor), Opera Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, 28.06.14 (RP)  Cast: Rusalka:  Karen Vuong The Prince: Zoltán Nyári The Foreign Princess: Tanja Ariane Baumgartner Water Gnome: Mischa Schelomianski Jezibaba, the Witch:  Katharina Magiera First Wood Sprite: Nora Friedrichs Second Wood Sprite: Elizabeth Reiter Third […]

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Ahead of the streaming of Glyndebourne’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Rupert Christiansen picks the Festival’s most memorable Mozart productions

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The product of a collaboration between composer/guitarist George Heathco and soprano/lyricist Misha Penton, Ravens and Radishes is a song cycle for guitar, cello, and voice that takes inspiration from classic fairy tales and, unlike the recent film Maleficent, recasts them in a new and interesting light instead of, say, ruining them.

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How can they see with sequins in their eyes?Worried about the future of opera in America? Don’t be! Lyric Opera of Chicago’s most recent crowing press release outlines a simple method by which any opera company can stay in the black!
Step One: Choose a limited repertoire concentrating on chestnuts of the 19th century. Don’t program anything earlier than Mozart or newer than Madama Butterfly (one of the company’s two 20th century works last season; the other was Rusalka…

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In music, “ground” is a term that refers to an underlying bass pattern over which a melody is laid. Minneapolis resident Brad Peterson has added a new layer of meaning to that term, composing a “Lawn Mower Opus in G” over the drone of a…yep, you got it.

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Bach's "two- and three-part inventions" are familiar to every piano student. On a new disc, they're performed by one of the leading young pianists of today. Simone Dinnerstein's new album is on this week's New Classical Tracks.

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America’s second opera house announces best results

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America’s second opera house announces best resultsThe Lyric Opera in Chicago has enjoyed a happy season.
Ticket sales rose to $28.8 million, up from $26.6 million in 2013.
Of 284,440 tickets sold, 67,485 were purchased by first-timers.
Lyric also beat its $23.6 million annual fund-raising goal by $100,000.
Anthony Freud, formerly of Welssh National Opera, is running a good ship…

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Philharmonia/Salonen review  true pianissimo and roof-raising climaxesRoyal Festival Hall, LondonEsa-Pekka Salonen held together the gargantuan forces of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony for a balanced interpretationMahler’s Eighth Symphony brought the Philharmonia’s season to a close in a performance under the orchestra’s principal conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen. Though it was a canny promoter rather than the composer himself who called the piece the "Symphony of a Thousand", the gargantuan forces involved here the statutory eight soloists, the combined Philharmonia Voices and Rodolfus Choir, plus the Tiffin Boys’ Choir amply filled the platform and choir stalls…

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English National Opera tightens reins as 58 groups lose Arts Council fundingEngland’s theatres, orchestras, galleries and museums learn how much Arts Council England will be giving them in 2015-18English National Opera is to have its regular public funding cut by £5m a year, one of the highest-profile losers in a high-stakes day of funding announcements which saw hundreds of arts organisations told of their settlements for the next three years…

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Gelb’s Ring was box-office poison: the stats

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Gelb’s Ring was box-office poison: the statsThe Wall Street Journal has been analysing the Met’s box-office take on recent productions. The widely-scorned and technically faulty Wagner Ring cycle, staged by Robert LePage, bombed on its return run, achieving just 48 percent of sales potential for Siegfried and 58% across the entire cycle, according to the WSJ…

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