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On this day in 1668 Antonio Cesti‘s opera Il pomo d’oro premiered in Vienna.
Born on this day in 1921 composer Ernest Gold.
Born on this day in 1921 soprano Marcella Pobbe.
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The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council has unveiled its lineup for the 16th annual festival of dance, music, theater and visual art..... More »
Composer Kaija Saariaho and Librettist Amin MaaloufJuly, 2008 Adriana Mater symposium, Santa FePhoto by Lisa HirschI couldn't go to the live HD broadcast of Kaija Saariaho and Amin Maalouf's L'Amour de Loin (Love from Afar) because I taught a self-defense class starting at noon that S.... More »
On this day in 1926, evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson vanished while visiting a beach in Venice, CA. She reappeared a month later with the claim that she had been kidnapped.
Born on this day in 1810 librettist Francesco Maria Piave
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Carnegie Hall's Ensemble Connect members preform at the Woodlawn Commons senior living center in Sarasota Florida..... More »
Nearly 75 years after the film debuted, Disney is bringing 'Fantasia' back in a new game called 'Fantasia: Music Evolved'. Composer Inon Zur wrote original music for the game, and oversaw the re-recordings of many classical favorites.
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The San Francisco Symphony’s Opening Night Gala, led by Michael Tilson Thomas, was the usual mix ‘n’ match. There was Bonnie Raitt (the conductor’s friend) singing vintage American songs, including one (‘Hey There’) that her father John Raitt introduced in ‘The Pajama Game’ on Broadway in 1954. There was pianist Yuja Wang (the conductor’s protégé) performing Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue,’ treating portions of it like a real slow drag — sexy, and straight from ragtime…
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Zoe Perman Baldwin, Kathleen Cronie and Robyn Allegra PartonIn April Planet Hugill helped spread the word about the Co-opera Company’s development programme which aims bring together experienced professionals and young singers just starting out in their careers, providing a kind of apprenticeship. The culmination of the summer course is a full opera – this year a delightful production of ‘The Cunning Little Vixen’ by Leoš Janáček (1854-1928) at the John McIntosh Theatre directed by Natascha Metherell…
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Preview: Bringing Schubert’s Vienna to Oxford (10th October – 1st November 2014) How many songs did Schubert set to music? If you come to Oxford this October you’ll be able to listen to them all and count them! Franz Schubert has been at the core of the Oxford Lieder Festival since its all-Schubert inception in […]
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The Welsh baritone and English actress, who took the breath away in Sondheim’s musical at Lincoln Center earlier this year with the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert, are to reprise the roles in a full staging at English National Opera.
It marks Thompson’s first return to the London stage in 25 years and, we believe, her first live singing role…
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In an interesting twist to the ongoing Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) collective bargaining agreement (CBA) negotiations, it appears that the orchestra’s primary conductors (Music Director Robert Spano and Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles) have decided to become involved via a joint letter to ASO’s stakeholders (board, management, and musicians) outlining the pair’s views on the intersection of artistic standards and sustainability…
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“American soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen, who last week won First Prize at the prestigious Operalia competition, will make her Met debut as Countess Almaviva in this December’s performances of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. Willis-Sørensen will sing the role on December 4, 8, 12, 15, and 20 matinee, replacing the originally announced Amanda Majeski, who now sings the September and October performances of the opera…
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Banse/Marsch/Hartmann/Netherland Radio Choir and PO/Stenz(Challenge Classics, 2 CDS)Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s opera, based upon Grimmelshausen’s picaresque novel of the thirty years’ war, has not been seen on stage or heard in concert in the UK. Yet it’s one of the most important German operas of the 20th century; it was composed during the mid-30s, but couldn’t be performed under the Nazis because of the unmistakable parallels it draws with the situation in Europe…
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Two years ago, musicians in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra took a $14,000 pay cut to help cover a projected deficit of $1.5 million.
The musicians were assured this was a one-off sacrifice in extraordinary circumstances. Now they are being asked for further pay and job cuts. Their contract expires Saturday night…
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Sales of recorded classical music are an important measure of the health of the art form. Yet, despite this, there is a paucity of informed and objective commentary on the sales trends. Instead industry commentators such as Norman Lebrecht offer quick and dirty comments such as: “Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s Bach on DG follows with 211 sales…
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