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The Queen of Spades, Coliseum, London — review + MORE

ENO’s production of Tchaikovsky’s opera is a tour de force for outgoing music director Edward Gardner.... More »
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Free Download: Kirshbaum and Wosner perform Beethoven's Cello Sonata No. 5 + MORE

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French Musicians Bring Vividly to Life the Music of Spain’s Golden Age + MORE

Luis de Briceño: Le Poème Harmonique/Vincent Dumestre (conductor, guitar), Claire Lefilliâtre (soprano), Isabelle Druet (mezzo-soprano), Mira Glodeanu (violin), Lucas Peres (viol), Françoise Enock (violone), Marie Bournisien (harp), Thomas Boysen (guitar), Thor-Harald Johnsen (guitar), Joël Gra.... More »

Soraya Mafi wins the 2016 Chilcott Award + MORE

Soraya MafiThe Chilcott Award for Singers is a £10,000 award to support a 'major young artist with the potential to make an international impact'. The 2016 award has been won by soprano Soraya Mafi who is currently a Harewood Young Artists at English National Opera (ENO).With ENO, Soraya sang Papag.... More »

Metropolitan Opera Cast Change: Il Trovatore + MORE

I think this counts as good news, because Hvorostovsky will be singing the first three performances:Dmitri Hvorostovsky has withdrawn from three performances of Verdi’s Il Trovatore at the Met this season, on October 7, 10, and 17. Hvorostovsky, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in June, w.... More »
La Bohème review  Puccini as you want it to be doneJohn Copley returns to direct a sparkling, focused revival of his long-standing productionJohn Copley’s veteran production of the Puccini opera that even Stravinsky liked is 40 years old. But this season’s run, its 27th revival, shows there is still plenty of gas left in its tank and, with Copley returning once more to direct, the whole thing comes up freshly sparkling and focused…

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Mad woman

– parterre.com

Mad womanMike Richter, via CD-ROM, takes us back to the golden age of concert opera in New York City, i.e., 1966, with Il pirata starring Montserrat Caballé.
Bellini: Il Pirata
“On 25 April 1966, the American Opera Society followed up its spectacular introduction of Montserrat Caballé with this performance…

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Seymour Barab, 93, Composer of Playful Operas, DiesMr. Barab wrote whimsical chamber operas and championed contemporary music.

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Bristol Proms

– www.planethugill.com

Bristol PromsThe Bristol Proms are in their second year, running from 28 July to 2 August 2014 at the Bristol Old Vic which, with its 18th century theatre, makes for a rather different experience to the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. There’s quite a varied programme with Bach in the dark, Bryn Terfel, Daniel Hope, Lisa Batiashvili, the English Concert as well as Will Gregory (from GoldFrapp) and his Moog Ensemble…

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Soprano and tenor showed a rare emotional agility in their recital of Schumann’s rarely heard song cycle ‘Myrthen’, flanked by two sets of love duets

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2014 Orchestra Compensation Reports: Concertmasters

Although the average concertmaster in the list of those reported experienced an average increase of 3.69 percent, that figure was skewed a bit by a handful of very large increases among a few of the top earners. For example, The New York Philharmonic’s concertmaster went from earning a reported $517,432 in the 2010/11 season to $654,679 in 2011/12; likewise, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra’s concertmaster went from $507,063 in 2010/11 to $560,010 in 2011/12…

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The legendary Dale Warland will conduct Dominick Argento’s rumored final choral work, Seasons, at the 2014 Minnesota Beethoven Festival. I give you an insider’s look at how rehearsals are going.

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Steven Devine plays Bach

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Steven Devine plays Bach Bach Italian Concerto, French Overture; Steven Devine; Chandos Chaconne Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jul 04 2014 Star rating: 3.0Fine performances of Bach’s keyboard works but the harpsichord sound may not please everyoneThis new disc from harpsichordist Steven Devine on Chandos’s Chaconne label showcases some of Johann Sebastian Bach’s large scale keyboard works with an emphasis on those in the Italian or French style including the Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue BWV903, Aria variata ‘all maniera italiana’ BWV989, Fantasia BWV906, Concerto nach italianischen Gusto BWV971 (Italian Concerto) and Ouverture nach franzosicher Art BWV831 (French ouverture)…

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On Thursday, May 29, 2014, Alan Gilbert, the young and enterprising maestro of the New York Philharmonic, introduced New York City to the first ever NY Phil Biennial. Modeled after an established tradition typically associated with the world of visual art, the Philharmonic’s effort similarly celebrated contemporary works and their composers in various venues around […

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Sibelius Pyrotechnics, Followed by Actual Fireworks

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Dvořák: Augustin Hadelich (violin), Cleveland Orchestra, Hans Graf (conductor) Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, 05.07.2014 (MSJ) Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “From the New World” The Cleveland Orchestra kicked off their summer season at Blossom Music Center with fireworks…eventually…

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Netrebko to remarry?

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Netrebko to remarry?Russian media are carrying reportsthis week that Anna Netrebko is planning to marry the Azeri tenor, Yusif Eivazov.
Her partner has been posting pictures of himself with Anna and her son, Tiago.

Vladislav Monastyrsky, who represents Netrebko in Russia, said: ‘The romance of the two stars is not a secret anymore, even though the couple didn’t announce their engagement…

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Allegri String Quartet review  grand gestures and understated intensityWigmore Hall, LondonA programme of Beethoven, Shostakovich, Strauss, Thuille and Brahms showcased the Allegris’ 60-year quest for emotional truth in performanceThe Allegri String Quartet, the UK’s oldest chamber ensemble, is 60 this season, an anniversary celebrated with a Wigmore concert, for the most part finely executed…

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Met Contract Talk Links

– irontongue.blogspot.com

I’ll put links worth reading here on a rolling basis:Mezzo-soprano Suzanne Mentzer tells you what the stage crew, dressers, hairdressers, and makeup artists do, and why they are so important and well-paid.Michael Cooper (Times) writes about some of the issues

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