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Missing diva: Montserrat Caballe fails to show up in court + MORE

The Spanish soprano, 82, should have appeared in a Barcelona court this morning to settle her tax-fraud case. It would have cost her half a million Euros in exchange for a Get out of Jail card. But, divas being divas, she appears to have backed out of the deal. Her lawyer dropped her two days ago an.... More »
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Cast Change of the Silver Rose + MORE

From the Met (and no, it's not her):Kathleen Kim will sing Sophie in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier at the April 28 and May 1 performances, replacing the originally announced Erin Morley. Morley will sing the role as scheduled on April 17, 21, 24, May 5, 9, and 13 matinee.Those two performance are sm.... More »
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Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, London Coliseum + MORE

Mark Wigglesworth’s arrival as English National Opera’s new Music Director was never going to be a quiet affair. They probably heard it all the way over at the Kremlin. It wasn’t so much a case of a new door opening as the existing one being kicked in. The choice of composer was sh.... More »
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Madrid’s Opera Season Ends with a Surprise Triple Bill + MORE

 Granados: Goyescas, Teatro Real Orchestra and Chorus, Guillermo García Calvo (conductor), Teatro Real, Madrid, 9.7.2015 (JMI) Concert Version Cast: Rosario: Maria Bayo Fernando: Andeka Gorrotxategi Paquiro: Cesar San Martin Pepa: Ana Ibarra   Puccini: Gianni Schicchi, Teatro Real Orchestra and C.... More »
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Bryan A. Crumpler: Complete Concerto No. 1 For Clarinet in A and Symphony Orchestra (22:47) was published on YouTube on January 24, 2015 + MORE

Bryan A. Crumplerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCrzZK5T19QOn December 6, 2012 AfriClassical posted:Clarinetist Bryan A. Crumpler Posts Preview of New Concerto at SoundCloud.comToday Bryan made a comment to the original post, announcing that the complete Concerto No. 1 For Clarinet in A and Symphon.... More »
This production of Verdi’s opera could be played with more suppleness, says Rupert Christiansen

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Filipino composer and conductor Francisco Feliciano died in September 2014, aged seventy-three

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By Laurie Niles: The last Finals in the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis on Saturday featured three of the most beloved violin concertos in the repertoire: the Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius Violin Concertos.

Finalists Ji Young Lim, Yoo Jin Jang and Dami Kim performaned with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at Hilbert Circle Theater, with Joel Smirnoff conducting…

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Sails under Getty scrutiny

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THE physical condition of the Sydney Opera House will be put under the microscope as part of a global philanthropic project.

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Running, jumping, or burning GaulFar be it from me to join the Schadenfreudian chorus of “Bye, Bye, Berti!” you may have been hearing in certain quarters, but the first thing I am duty-bound to report about San Francisco Opera’s Norma (of which three performances remain) is that they’ve hit the jackpot, coverwise. Russell Thomas, in for Marco Berti, is a very fine Pollione, at once elegant and heroic—a rare combination even in these tenor-rich times with so many worthy lyric singers…

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John Malveaux: Superb Latonia Moore as Aida sings "Ritorna vincitor" ("Return a conqueror"), by Giuseppe Verdi, on YouTube (7:17)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzKtLVEye08&feature=youtu.be  John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:Metropolitan opera soprano Latonia Moore with pianist/composer Richard Thompson was superb during donated concert performance to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 2012 in Los Angeles…

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About last night

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About last nightFor those who like their Handel loud, with no forfeit of baroque finesse, one promising solution is to make the hall smaller. The WhiteboxLab>Sound Lounge, presented at a gallery on Broome Street off the Bowery (what neighborhood is that? Let’s just call it the Bowery—where they say such things and they do such things), is a fine size for baroque opera if the voices are the tiny, refined sort who used to inhabit early music venues…

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Aimard – Bach, 20 September 2014

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Wigmore Hall The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book One, BWV 846-69Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano) Having heard Pierre-Laurent Aimard play The Art of Fugue in this very hall a few years ago, I was, despite very mixed feelings concerning that performance, keen to hear this always interesting, ever-thoughtful artist in Book One of the pianist’s Old Testament…

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BBCSSO/Brabbins/Brewer review  Christine Brewer subtly shapes StraussSt Marys Church, HaddingtonChristine Brewers unpushy rendition of Four Last Songs brought a little decorum to the BBCSSOs first post-referendum concertEmotions have been running fraught in Scotland, and the need for a collective unfurling is palpable. This Lammermuir festival concert of fervent works by Wagner, Strauss and Elgar performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra an ensemble whose post-referendum future has been hotly debated was never going to feel like business as usual…

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Brussels mourns principal horn

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Brussels mourns principal hornThe Brussels Philharmonic has announced the death of its long-standing principal horn, André Van Driessche. He was Belgium’s most influential horn teacher and can be heard on many recordings.

 

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Not much clickbait in this post

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Not much clickbait in this postA footnote in the newly published Resonances of the Raj: India in the English Musical Imagination,1897-1947 refers to my anecdote about Alex Ross broadcasting Kaikhosru Sorabji’s monumental Opus Clavicembalisticum on Harvard’s student radio station WHRB shortly after the composer’s death in 1988. The anecdote appeared in a post titled Talk about immortal masterpieces is rather ridiculous, and the book’s author Nalini Ghuman deserve praise for shunning immortal masterpieces and, instead, devoting a scholarly but readable volume to dispelling the myth that Indian music was ‘discovered’ in the post-colonial era…

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Jinjoo Cho, 26, of South Korea wins Gold in the 2014 International Violin Competition of IndianapolisBy Laurie Niles: Jinjoo Cho, 26, of South Korea has won first prize in the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. Laureates were announced Saturday following the last Finals concert with the Indianapolis Symphony at Hilbert Circle Theater.

Photo by Denis Kelly

Here are the laureates and their prizes (pictured below, right to left in order of their placement):

Photo by Denis Kelly

Gold Medalist, Jinjoo Cho, 26, of South Korea: $30,000
Silver Medalist, Tessa Lark, 25, of the United States: $15,000
Bronze Medalist, Ji Young Lim, 19, of South Korea: $10,000
Fourth Place, Dami Kim, 25, of South Korea: $7,000
Fifth Place, Yoo Jin Jang, 23, of South Korea : $6,000
Sixth Place, Ji Yoon Lee, 22, of South Korea: $5,000

Gold medalist Jinjoo Cho is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and attended Curtis Institute…

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Swiss audiences aren’t known to stand, not, anyway, during ovations at orchestra concerts. Maybe that comes with the complacent territory. Lucky Switzerland ranks No. 1 on the where-to-be-born index.

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