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Just in: Leipzig’s new principal cello is French + MORE

Léonard Frey-Maibach was announced today as first solo cellist of the Leipzig Gewandhaus orchestra. He’s 24, from Lyon, and he’s been playing in the section for the past two years. Léonard plays an 1810 Nicolas Lupot. .... More »
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Einspring Will Be A Little Late This Year + MORE

“Big news from The Dallas Opera: just before the 7:30pm curtain for last night’s performance of Salome, CEO Keith Cerny announced from the stage that, due to complications from a hip injury, Deborah Voigt would not be performing Wednesday night. In her place, soprano Lise Lindstrom sang the .... More »
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Fela Kuti Africa's answer to Handel + MORE

As a new film raises the late Fela Kutis profile even further, Peter Culshaw recalls meeting the controversial and contrary Nigerian star in a cloud of dope smoke, surrounded by some of his 26 wives and wearing just a pair of red underpantsFela Kutis crossover into the western mainstream has been .... 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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Wolf-Ferrari's 'Le donne curiose' in London + MORE

Wolf Ferrari's Le donne curiose at the Met in New Yorkin 1912Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari's opera Le donne curiose is the opera which made his name. Based on the comedy by Carlo Goldoni, it is a witty and intricate work which premiered in 1903. Wolf-Ferrari was half German, half Italian and through his life.... More »
Semperoper, DresdenSchumann – Kinderszenen, op.15Bunte Blätter, op.99: selectionSchumann – Sonata in A major, D 959I expect limited sympathy from readers elsewhere, but a sadness of London musical life is that Radu Lupu hardly ever seems to visit. Prior to this concert in Dresden, I had heard him once ever, and that as a concerto soloist…

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Vienna Philharmonic attacked by opera chief for ‘reluctant’ denazificationIoan Holender, former head of the Vienna Opera, has launched an extraordinary assault on the orchestra for dealing with its Nazi past only when it is absolutely forced to do so. Holender said he had never felt any positive desire on the part of the orchestra, and particularly its chairman and official historian Clemens Hellsberg, […]

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Caccini's L'Euridice

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Caccini's L'Euridice Giulio Caccini – L’Euridice: Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano: naive Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Apr 18 2014 Star rating: 4.0Vivid live performance of one of the first ever operasOpera as we know it seems to have been invented around the turn of the 16th century in Florence. Thanks to an element of controversy with two different composers staking some claim, we have two of the earliest operas surviving as published musical texts…

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Dance with Talk Doesn’t Quite Come Off

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 Various Composers, If Play Is Play…: HeadSpaceDance, Royal Opera House (Linbury Studio Theatre), London, 16.04.2014 (J.O’D) Two Dancers: Christopher Akrill and Gemma Nixon Choreography: Johan Inger Music: ‘Silouan’s Song’ by Arvo Pärt Costume Designs: Sabine Lemaître Lighting Design:Simon Bennison Before the Interval Dancers: Christopher Akrill, Clemmie Sveaas, Jonathan Goddard Choreography and Sound Design:   Luca Silvestrini […]

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Puccini Manon Lescaut Rattle Westbroek Baden Baden

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The very idea of the Berliner Philharmoniker playing Puccini operas  should raise a wry smile when one thinks of the orchestra’s magnificent past.  But why not? Their artistry gives this Manon Lescaut a musical grandeur not often heard in an opera house. Sometimes, shifting the walls between sub-genres in music can be a good thing…

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In CNN segment on YouTube, pianist Roy F. Eaton compares his experiences as an advertising executive of color to the TV series 'Mad Men'A CNN segment on YouTube allows pianist Roy F. Eaton to compare his personal experiences as a pioneering advertising copywriter and music director of color to those depicted in the television series Mad Men on http://www.amctv.com/:My “15 minutes” extendshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pb03Cx1l4JM&list=UUupvZG-5ko_eiXAupbDfxWw Love,Roytinyurl…

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Sergio A. Mims: Lawrence Brownlee stars in "I Puritani" at the Metropolitan OperaLawrence BrownleeSergio A. Mims writes:I know you will be interested in this of course.SergioAmanda Ameer:Throughout his career, tenor Lawrence Brownlee has astounded critics and fans alike with the beauty of his voice in the bel-canto repertoire. Starting…April 17, audiences can experience his gifts live at the Metropolitan Opera when he appears alongside Olga Peretyatko in Bellini’s I Puritani…

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Semperoper’s Ariadne auf Naxos:an Estimable Pleasure

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 Strauss, Ariadne auf Naxos: Soloists, Staatskapelle Dresden, Omer Meir Wellber (conductor). Semperoper, Dresden, 15.4.2014 (MB) Cast Music-Master – Markus Butter Major-Domo – Friedrich-Wilhelm Junge Lackey – Peter Lobert Officer – Michael Auenmüller Composer – Barbara Senator Tenor/Bacchus – Burkhard Fritz Wigmaker – Matthias Henneberg Zerbinetta – Romy Petrick Prima Donna, Ariadne – Marjorie Owens Dancing […]

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Mass walkout on San Diego Opera board

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Mass walkout on San Diego Opera boardThe president, Karen Cohn, walked out of yesterday’s crisis meeting. She appears to have quit. Around 20 others on the 50-strong board failed to show. The chief executive and artistic director Ian Campbell also made an exit, though he still holds his two jobs. The new acting president is Carol Lazier, who recently gave $1 […]

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Adams: The Gospel According to the Other Mary review  'Unlike anything in the choral repertoire'O’Connor/Mumford/Thomas/Bubeck/Los Angeles Master Chorale and PO/Dudamel(Deutsche Grammophon)When it received its UK premiere at the Barbican in London a year ago, John Adams’s "passion oratorio" came across as one of the most striking of his recent works. Like the earlier nativity oratorio El Niño, to which it’s a companion piece, The Gospel According to the Other Mary is intended for both the concert hall and the opera house the Barbican performance was staged by Peter Sellars, who also compiled the libretto, which presents the passion story from the point of view of Mary Magdalene and her sister and brother, in the process drawing parallels with political and social movements today…

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Not forgettable: Górecki’s final symphonyHenryk Gorecki Gorecki, Tansman & Stravinsky: Julian Rachlin, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrey Boreyko; South Bank Centre Reviewed by Hilary Gloveron April 12 2014 Star rating: 4.5World premiere of Henryk Gorecki’s fourth and final symphonyAlexandre Tansman with his first wife Anna Eleonora BrocinerThis memorial concert has been a long time in the planning but was worth the wait…

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Miami-based chamber chorus Seraphic Fire and Chicago’s Spektral Quartet joined forces Wednesday night for an even rarer pairing — two quite different versions of the same work, Haydn’s “Seven Last Words of Christ on The Cross” — essentially performed at the same time.

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For her most recent commissioning project, composer and pianist Joann Cho invited a large group of composers to write a solo piano piece for her and asked them to write their piece “for children.”

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