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An Often-Mystifying Production of Alcina Arrives in Madrid + MORE

Handel: Alcina, Teatro Real Orchestra, Christopher Moulds (conductor), Teatro Real, Madrid, 1 & 2. 11. 2015 (JMI) Production: a coproduction with Opéra National de Bordeaux Direction: David Alden Sets and Costumes: Gideon Davey Lighting: Simon Mills   Casts: Alcina: Karina Gauvin/Sofia So.... More »
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Anything’s pure gold + MORE

Opera Australia and John Frost have teamed up again to present a revival of Cole Porter’s 1934 triumph Anything Goes..... More »
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Days of Our Lives star Joseph Mascolo dead + MORE

THE actor who played the soap opera’s most notorious villain has passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer’s at the age of 87..... More »
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Contract talks in Met Opera labor dispute extended + MORE

With just an hour to spare before general manager Peter Gelb's vow of a 12:01 a.m. Friday deadline that would trigger a lockout, New York's Metropolitan Opera announced it had agreed to a federal mediator's request to extend the talks by 72 hours..... More »
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New World Symphony/Tilson Thomas, Mutter, Carnegie Hall, New York — review + MORE

Inspired by their star conductor and violinist, the youthful orchestra made thorny work sound easy.... More »
Placido Domingo and Frederica von Stade are among the special guests at a San Francisco Symphony concert

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Large voices and extra instruments - styles in performing baroque musicIn 1973, fresh out of university I joined the local choral society in the Scottish town in which I was working. They did a traditional repertoire including Elgar’s Music Makers and Handel’s Messiah which was the first work I sang with them. The conductor was a mature gentleman whose name I have forgotten…

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It all began on May 2, 2013, as Grant Luhmann and I grew tired of idly standing by while the Minnesota Orchestra lockout continued on. It was time that Grant and I stood up for what we believed in: bringing our musicians back to work, with fair compensation. Classical music played too significant a role in our lives for us to voluntarily allow the Minnesota Orchestra to be destroyed.

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When you have an impressively supple orchestra such as the one in the Vienna State Opera, a conductor must feel tempted to pull all the stops. Therefore, I understand Michael Güttler’s inclination to make it fast and loud and exciting – and the outpouring of glittering, transparent and clear sounds from the pit were indeed a pleasure in itself…

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Veteran producer Allan McKeown, who was behind hits including Jerry Springer: The Opera at London’s National Theatre, has died at the age of 67.

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Vienna loses a prominent critic

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Vienna loses a prominent criticPeter Vujica, the influential culture editor of Der Standard and a composer and novelist under the pseudonym Peter Daniel Wolfkind, died on Christmas of leukemia, aged 76. He held the reins at Standard for 13 years from 1989 and ran some of the liveliest arts pages anywhere in world journalism. Before that, he was director […]

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An Ishmaelite welcome

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An Ishmaelite welcomeIt’s the best part of the Christmas story, or rather the one according to Berlioz. Mary, Joseph and the infant Jesus, having escaped the most obscene horror, arrive in Sais, Egypt, close to starvation. In the third part of L’enfance du Christ, they are rejected by Egyptians and Romans in the town with the same cry: ‘away with you, filthy Jews!’ An Ishmaelite father, however, welcomes them into a lively household…

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Martina Arroyo’s soprano was among the great opera voices of the 20th century. Her three-decade career, stretching from the 1960s to the 1990s, most notably included many years as a favorite at the Metropolitan Opera, excelling in classic roles such as Donna Anna and Aida.

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Italy’s opera houses are 300 million Euros in debt

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Italy’s opera houses are 300 million Euros in debtA thoroughly researched piece by Elisabeth Braw on the irresoluble Italian opera crisis yields this incomprehensble statistic. How did anyone in authority allow them to run up such a huge deficit? And how will it ever be paid off? Read the excellent article here. It contains, inter alia, a snarky remark by Peter Gelb to […]

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If It Ain’t Baroque

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Bel Canto (Rossini, Mercadante, Mozart, Monteverdi, Bellini, Verdi, Donizetti), S. Kermes, Concerto Köln, C. M. Mueller
(released on October 29, 2013)
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It is probably enough to recommend German soprano Simone Kermes to say that she has been a favorite in Baroque music for conductors like Alan Curtis, Werner Erhardt, and Andrea Marcon…

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A selected guide to performances of classical music in the New York area.    

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My classical music top ten of 2013

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My classical music top ten of 2013Tom Service picks his musical highlights from a year that was dominated by Wagner, Verdi and Britten. Tell us about your picks of the year in the comments section belowThat was the year that was: 12 months dominated, of course, by the celebrations marking the anniversaries of those three titans of music: the 300th birthday of Jan Benda, Étienne-Nicolas Méhul’s 250th, and Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow’s 350th…

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John Malveaux: 2013 is 125th Anniversary of Birth of Francis Hall Johnson and 80th Anniversary of His Music Drama 'Run, Little Chillun'John Malveauxofwww.MusicUNTOLD.comwrites:2013 is the 125th anniversary of composer, arranger, musician, and choir director Francis Hall Johnson born 1888. His music drama ‘Run, Little Chillun’ premiered on broadway in 1933 and reached an 80th anniversary in 2013. ‘Run,Little Chillun’ ran for over a year in Los Angeles…

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