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Academy of Ancient Music - 2015/16 Season + MORE

The Academy of Ancient MusicThe Academy of Ancient Music has announced its 2015/16. This sees the conclusion of the orchestra's cycle of Monteverdi operas, with Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, as well as performances of Handel's Acis and Galatea and Bach's Christmas Oratorio. For two concerts the foc.... More »
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Met Opera's 2016-17 Season + MORE

September 26- October 27 2016 : Tristan und IsoldeSeptember 27 2016- May 11 2017: Don GiovanniSeptember 28 2016- January 14 2017: La BohèmeOctober 4-29 2016: L'Italiana in Algeri October 18- November 12 2016: Guillaume TellOctober 28- November 17 2016: JenufaNovember 5 2016- April 20 2017: Ai.... More »
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The lady is a camp + MORE

Back to celebrating Shakespeare (and Halloween) this week with one of the best: Verdi’s Macbeth gets true blood-and-guts treatment from Guillermo Sarabia and the legendary Marisa Galvany at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu in 1975.  This is also a rare dip for me into what people of my generat.... More »
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Nicholas Alexander Brown: The Model Of A Modern Music Entrepreneur: Irving Fine + MORE

Young musicians are fortunate to have many role models from previous generations. One potent example of an admirable music entrepreneur during the twentieth century is a man named Irving Gifford Fine (1914-1962). Read more: Irving Fine, Brandeis, Harvard, Classical Music, Boston Orchest.... More »
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R. Strauss’s Elektra, Metropolitan Opera House, 23.04.2016 + MORE

Patrice Chéreau was a stage director of legendary status, his final production of R. Strauss’s Elektra a co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, the Teatro alla Scala, the Festival d’ Aix-en-Provence, the Finnish National Opera, the Lindenoper in Berlin and the Liceu in Barcelona. Alth.... More »

On your bike: the mobile orchestra chief moves on

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On your bike: the mobile orchestra chief moves onIt is less than three years since Michael Elliott became chief executive of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, but today it was announced he is moving on. Again.
Elliott is more a mover than a shaker.
He became chief exec of the troubled Royal Liverpool Phil in 2001. Five years into that job, he took a second post as co-director of the successful bid to win the City of  Culture title…

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Cecilia Bartoli’s much anticipated début as Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri this weekend has been cancelled.The Italian girl in Dortmund, where the concert performance of Rossini’s opera was planned for Friday 27 June  and Sunday 29 June, is ill. Being that her presence in the cast is the main reason for buying a ticket, there will not be a substitution…

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Final Concert at Swansea a Popular Success

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  Dvorak, Bruçh, Brahms: Jennifer Pike, (violin), BBC National Orchestra of Wales Cornelius Meister, conductor, Grand Theatre, Swansea, 20.6.2014 (NHR) Dvorak, ‘Carnival’ Overture op. 92 Bruçh, Violin Concerto no. 1 in G minor Brahms, Symphony no. 2 in D major, op. 73 The final concert in the BBC NOW’s Swansea series at the Grand Theatre featured a popular programme […]

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Cimbalom but Were Afraid to Ask: A Discussion with Nick TolleNick Tolle, cimbalomNicholas Tolle is one of the few professional cimbalom players in the country. He has performed with some of the world’s preeminent ensembles, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Montréal Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, and the Lucerne Festival, working with conductors like Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Daniel Harding, and David Zinman…

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Spitalfields summer festival: No nights dark enoughValgeir Sigurðsson Valgeir Sigurðsson – No nights dark enough; Christopher Lowery, City of London Sinfonia, Hugh Brunt; Spitalfields Festival at Village Underground Reviewed by Hilary Gloveron Jun 17 2014 Star rating: 4.0Showcase for Icelandic composer Valgeir SigurðssonThe first Spitalfields Festival, held in 1976, was inspired by Hawksmoore’s Christ Church Spitalfields, a then run down concert space…

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Why we played without pay in Chicago

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Why we played without pay in ChicagoOur exposure of Chicago’s non-paying Beethoven Festival has drawn all manner of confessions from musicians who took part. It’s not just the injury of being ripped off by the organiser, but the added mistrust of discovering that some of your colleagues were paid while you were not.
Here’s a pungent, highly readable account from Ellen McSweeney, who’s no great fan of Slipped Disc and seems unsure to be glad or sad that we lifted the lid on this scam…

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If you’re hesitating about going to see Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes at San Francisco Symphony, perhaps this special price offer will get you off the fence, or perhaps the preview page at SFS. Stuart Skelton and Elza van den Heever, the stars of the show, also got excellent reviews in Grimes at ENO earlier this year.

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Breaking: The Fight Continues At The MET OperaStarving Artists on the stage of the MET. La bohemeThe battle, at least of words, continues  in New York over proposed cuts of 26% to the salaries of the MET Orchestra and Chorus. But this time not between Orchestra and Gelb but the Orchestra V The New York Times.Monday saw the NYT run an editorial titled, The Real Drama at the Met: Labor (sic) Talks Turn Bitter at Metropolitan Opera…

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Stephen Hough review  short pieces suffused with powerWigmore Hall, LondonPianist Stephen Hough is at his best in a selection of rarities and out-of-the-way repertoireStephen Hough’s Wigmore programme was essentially devoted to character pieces short but distinctive works that reflect a particular mood rather than developing an argument. He began with a set that still sounds modern, even if it is more than a century old Schoenberg’s Six Little Pieces, Op 19…

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Three rising stars — Amber Wagner, Jamie Barton and Russell Thomas — barnstormed their way through daunting arias and duets on Monday at Central Park SummerStage.

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Garsington’s Well Paced Vixen Not for the Prudish

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 Janáček, The Cunning Little Vixen – Opera in three acts: Soloists, Garsington Opera Orchestra & Chorus / Garry Walker (conductor), Garsington Opera at Wormsley, 22.6.2014 (CR) Sung in Czech with English surtitles   Cast: Forester, Grant Doyle Forester’s wife, Lucy Schaufer Schoolmaster, Timothy Robinson Priest, Henry Waddington Harašta, Joshua Bloom Pásek, innkeeper, Aaron Cawley Pásek’s […]

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Soprano Karita Mattila: 'It's never too late for a debut'At 53, the great soprano Karita Mattila can still take her pick of the big parts. She explains why she’s raring to play one of opera’s great monstersIt’s never too late for a debut." Karita Mattila smiles. This might be becoming her mantra. She sang Marie in Berg’s Wozzeck for the first time last October at the Royal Opera, and now she is back in London for her first performance as the Prima Donna in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos…

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Peter Grimes at Grange Park Opera

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Peter Grimes at Grange Park OperaGeorgia Jarmanpicture credit GPO/Robert Workman Britten Peter Grimes; Carl Tanner, Georgia Jarman, Stephen Gadd, Stephen Barlow, Charles Edwards; Grange Park Opera Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jun 21 2014 Star rating: 3.5Imaginative and intriguingly tradition new staging of Britten’s operaJeremy Sams highly traditional staging of Peter Grimes at Grange Park Opera, with Carl Tanner as Grimes, Georgia Jarman as Ellen Orford, Stephen Gadd as Bulstrode, plus Anne-Marie Owens, Soraya Mafi, Rosie Bell, Andrew Rees, Clive Bayley, Rebecca de Pont Davies, Nigel Robson, Gary Griffiths and Matthew Stiff…

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