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Say, you cover a lot of ground yourself + MORE

Born on this day in 1889 actress Margaret Dumont. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3FZ_jtDMVg Happy 85th birthday contralto Lauris Elms. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKcZrIFV83I Happy 73rd birthday dramatic soprano/mezzo-soprano Dunja Vejzovic. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NoMVxz0AMc Happy 71st birthday compos.... More »
orchestra

Dis(Arrangements) 2: Goldberg Fever + MORE Dec 14th

Grant Chu Covell[December 2013.]A recent check disclosed 228 available recordings of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Most are for a single keyboard as intended, but there are also arrangements and transcriptions. Here’s a random scattering of BWV 988 arrangements and digressions. Johann Sebastian B.... More »
classical music

What exactly am I listening to - the vexed question of cuts and editions in live performance + MORE

Gwynneth Jones as ElektraOn Sunday night Richard Strauss's Elektra was performed at the BBC Proms (see my review). The title role was sung (Elektrifyingly) by Christine Goerke who is an experienced stage Elektra and sang off the book. The version of Strauss's Elektra that we heard was the standard o.... More »
sonata

NEW! Taking Opera to the People + MORE Oct 30th

Study Day exploring the history of the travelling opera companies in the 19th Century, The Royal Academy of Music, London, 26.10.2013.  (RJW)   This one day conference was devoted to a neglected area of theatre history and in particular with reference to the companies devoted to touring opera.... More »
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Opera in Boston + MORE

Jeremy Eichler, the chief classical music critic at the Boston Globe, has started what I gather will be a multi-part series on opera in Boston. This is a fraught subject, for various reasons: the city demolished what was supposedly a first-class venue in 1958 - for a parking lot - and the brilliant .... More »
Giuseppe Verdi’s advice to young artistsGiuseppe Verdi’s advice to young artistsDon’t imitate anyone, above all the greats…The artists must scrutinize the future, and see new worlds through the chaos. And if on the new path you see a distant flicker of light, don’t be afraid of the darkness around it: walk. And if you occasionally trip and fall, get up and keep straight on…

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Lise Lindstrom’s SF Opera Debut

– operatattler.typepad.com

Soprano Lise Lindstrom (pictured left) will have her San Francisco Opera debut as Senta in Der fliegende Holländer, which opens on October 22, 2013. Lindstrom replaces Petra Maria Schnitzer, who has withdrawn from the production for health reasons.
Production Web Site | San Francisco Opera Press Release

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The pearls are clutched

– parterre.com

The pearls are clutched“The gloves are off, the chips are down; my patience has run out.” Rupert Christiansen, Opera Critic (pictured) explains why we can’t have nice things. [Telegraph]

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I Masnadieri at WCO

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I Masnadieri, Washington Concert Opera, September 22, 2013
Walker; Thomas, Oropesa

Well, thanks to the GOP I have a lot of time on my hands right now so thought I’d go back and finish this post about the first of the two Verdi rarities WCO is doing this season, I Masnadieri, from last month…

The libretto, from a play by Schiller, doesn’t make for a very good opera, but, set to a lot of solid early-mid period Verdi, it is at least bad in interesting ways…

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Verdi 200 Birthday BBC Radio 3

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Verdi 200 Birthday BBC Radio 3Giuseppe Verdi’s 200th birthday tonight.  Celebrations have already started.On Monday (with five days still to listen) Don Carlo from Salzburg with Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros. Although the performance took place only a few weeks ago, it is so good that it’s already spoken of as being one of the classics…

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On the Nose: Early Shostakovich at the Met

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On the Nose: Early Shostakovich at the MetНос (The Nose)October 3, 2013Kovalyov: Paulo SzotPolice Inspector: Andrey PopovThe Nose: Alexander LewisYakovlevich: Vladimir OgnovenkoIvan: Sergey SkorokhodovWilliam Kentridge (Director, Sets)Greta Goiris (Costumes)Catherine Meyburgh (Video Editing)Valery Gergiev (Conductor)I wasn’t in town back in April 2010, when the Met first debuted William Kentridge’s riotously inventive production of Shostakovich’s first opera, Hoc, to rave reviews, so there was no way I was going to miss out on the current run…

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Something happened up there, something not very niceAcademy Award–winning actress Emma Thompson will portray Mrs. Lovett in the New York Philharmonic’s staged production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, March 5–8, 2014. The production will mark Ms. Thompson’s New York Philharmonic debut, New York stage debut, and first time performing the role…

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Daniil Trifonov – review

– www.guardian.co.uk

Daniil Trifonov – reviewWigmore Hall, LondonTrifonov dazzled in Stravinsky and dispatched Ravel with precision, remaining in taught control throughoutAs a young pianist, you can win practically every competition going – as Daniil Trifonov did two years ago – and still feel you have something to prove. This was a showman’s programme that left no doubt as to the brilliance and power of Trifonov’s playing, reinforced by three encores…

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ArtsBeat: Emma Thompson to Join Philharmonic’s ‘Sweeney Todd’In her New York stage debut, Ms. Thompson will play the pie-making Mrs. Lovett in the New York Philharmonic’s March production of “Sweeney Todd.”    

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………and you can watch it live via Sonostream and a recording of this evening's show tomorrow on Medici TV.
And who knows, you might even see me if you can bear it!!
It is timed to start at 7 pm German time.  That is 6 pm in London, 1 pm in New York and 12 noon in Chicago.
I assume this all works well on your computer…

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Some Intriguing Thoughts On Concert Formats

In June 2013, arts consulting firm WolfBrown released a report detailing the results from a three season long assessment of concert formats. The project was conducted using the post-graduate orchestral academy, New World Symphony (NWS) backed by what the report defines as generous support from The Andrew W…

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Aci, Galatea et Polifemo

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Aci, Galatea et Polifemo

This new recording of Handel’s Aci, Galatea et Polifemo  represents the final volume in Fabio Bonizzoni’s survey of Handel’s Italian cantatas. The disc was recorded with soprano Roberta Invernizzi, who has appeared on many of the previous discs, mezzo-soprano Blandine Stakiewicz and bass Lisandro Abadie and Bonizzoni’s group La Risonanza…

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Wu Man Set for Debut With Her New Pipa at Hartford SymphonyWu Man will have her new instrument when she performs Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Pipa With String Orchestra in the season-opening concerts of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.    

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