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Handel: Alcina, Teatro Real Orchestra, Christopher Moulds (conductor), Teatro Real, Madrid, 1 & 2. 11. 2015 (JMI) Production: a coproduction with Opéra National de Bordeaux Direction: David Alden Sets and Costumes: Gideon Davey Lighting: Simon Mills Casts: Alcina: Karina Gauvin/Sofia So.... More »
Composer Julian Anderson and librettist Frank McGuinness on turning Sophocles' Oedipus into a taut musical drama at ENO.... More »
Judith Kerr’s fabulous cat has been brought back to life in Sainsbury’s Christmas ad – a class apart from the creepy John Lewis promo, we think you’ll agree.
But who wrote the post-Stravinskian music? All is revealed below.
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Handel, Messiah: Nardus Williams (soprano),Eleanor Edmonds (mezzo-soprano), Chris Turner (tenor), Morgan Pearse (bass), OSJ Voices, Orchestra of St John’s/John Lubbock (conductor). St John’s, Smith Square, London, 10.12.2015 (MB) I have heard a good deal of moaning about Messiah performances thi.... More »
La Cieca looks forward to seeing (in the virtual sense) all her cher public bright and early tomorrow morning for the webcast of the controversial production of Der Rosenkavalier from Glyndebourne. It starts at 11:30 AM EDT and naturally La Casa della Cieca will be open for brunch and chat.
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The latest disc from Anne Akiko Meyers features Vivaldi's classic of Baroque music — played on a remarkable violin. Anne says that it's an exciting combination. It's on New Classical Tracks this week, and you have a chance to win a copy of the CD.
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Britannia House, a large building just off Brick Lane in London’s East End, used to be a carpet factory. March 20-23, 2014, it was the trendy host to the London Contemporary Music Festival’s retrospective of the works of Bernard Parmegiani, an obscure but very cool experimental composer who died last year…
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The always worth reading Alex Ross in discussion with Todd Morman at the Indy Week.Ross has been exploring Wagner’s deep, broad cultural influence—he pays close attention, for instance, to what he calls “Black Wagnerism,” the affinity felt by people like W.E.B. Du Bois for Wagner’s work. The INDY spoke with Ross about Wagner, race and modern opera; an edited transcript is below…
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Sometimes it feels like the winter will never end. It’s April 15, I just had my lawn aerated, put down seed and fertilizer in the front yard a few days ago, and I woke up to snow yet again. After a speedy commute on the Go Train listening to one of my favorite podcasts, I taught my vocal lit class at the Royal Conservatory, where one of the students in my class did a presentation on Debussy’s Quatre Chansons de Jeunesse…
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Sheidt, Nicolai, Biber, Buxtehude, Weichlein, and Johann Christoph Bach, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Monica Huggett, artistic director and violin, Stephen Stubbs, chitarrone, Harry van der Kamp, bass, Vancouver Playhouse, 11.4.2014. Scheidt: Canzon super intradam æthiopicam a 5 Buxtehude:’ Ich bin eine Blume zu Saron’ (Song of Solomon 2:1-3) Nicolai: Sonata for three bass viols Biber: Rosary […]
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What American composer better embodies the spirit of the day than Irving Berlin? His music has graced innumerable Hollywood offerings from "White Christmas" to "Annie Get Your Gun." This week on Flicks in Five, Lynne Warfel celebrates Irving Berlin.
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Every book has its target audience. The question is as to what the target of Nazi opera conspiracy books might be. It is likely to be an audience interested in opera, music and art history. It is likely to be a popular audience interested in the history of the Holocaust, some of whom have heard that it was caused by an opera composer—one who either deserves to be justly hated as the Holocaust’s root cause, or amongst Neonazi’s, revered for it…
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* Notes * The last performance of the 2014 season at San Diego Opera was the matinée of Don Quichotte on Sunday, April 13. This may well have been San Diego Opera's final offering, complete with a Save San Diego Opera demonstration outside and capacity attendance inside. The production is a revival of the one at San Diego Opera in 2009…
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A new piece by Chinese-American composer Zhou Long was part of the programme in the latest chapter of this transatlantic musical exchange
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