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Kent Nagano to stay on as director with Montreal Symphony Orchestra + MORE Nov 12th

Amerinca-born conductor took over the OSM in 2006, after four years of uncertainty and labour strife following the abrupt departure of Charles Dutoit.... More »
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Some Scottish Composers...Famous and Forgotten + MORE

The Composer journal (Spring 1969) carries a short article by the late Professor Frederick Rimmer about the Scottish Music Archive (now the Scottish Music Centre) which had been established in 1968 at the University of Glasgow. It officially opened to the public on 16 April 1969 based at Lilybank Ga.... More »

Rossini's La Gazza Ladra from La Scala, Milan + MORE

Rossini: La Gazza Ladra - Teatro Alla Scala, Milan (Photo Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano) Rossini La Gazza Ladra; Rosa Feola, Edgardo Rocha, Alex Esposito and Paolo Bordogna, dir: Gabriele Salvatores, cond: Riccardo Chailly; Live broadcast from Teatro Alla Scala, seen at Barbican Cinema 2 Revi.... More »

Widow Missing – But The Show Is Good + MORE

Lehar, The Merry Widow: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Swedish Opera/Joakim Unander (conductor), Royal Swedish Opera, Stockholm. 21.1.2017 (GF) Cast: Hanna Glawari – Elin Rombo Danilo Danilovitsch – Jeremy Carpenter Benny Zetterberg, Managing Director of the Royal Opera – Henrik D.... More »

Bare de Lia + MORE

On Saturday, a new company called Bare Opera gave its first performance, a double bill of Debussy’s L’Enfant Prodigue and Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges, at the Robert Miller Gallery in Chelsea. One of the company’s directors made noises along the lines of New York needing a diffe.... More »

Elektra, Royal Opera, 23 September 2013

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Elektra, Royal Opera, 23 September 2013

Image: Clive Barda
Ägisth (John Daszak) and Elektra (Christine Goerke)



Royal Opera

First Maid –
Anna Burford
Second Maid –
Catherine Carby
Third Maid –
Elizabeth Sikora
Fourth Maid – Elizabeth
Fifth Maid –
Jennifer Check
Overseer –
Elaine McKrill
Elektra –
Christine Goerke
Chrysothemis –
Adrianne Pieczonka
Klytämnestra –
Michaela Schuster
Confidante –
Louise Armit
Trainbearer –
Marianne Cotterill
Young Servant –
Doug Jones
Old Servant –
Jeremy White
Orest – Iain Paterson
Companion – John Cunningham
Ägisth – John Daszak

Charles Edwards (director,
set designs, lighting)
Reiffenstuel (costumes)
Leah Hausman

Royal Opera
Chorus (chorus master: Renato Balsadonna)
Orchestra of the
Royal Opera House
Andris Nelsons

Charles Edwards’s
production of Elektra, first seen in
2003, and revived
in 2008, now returns to Covent Garden under the baton of Andris Nelsons…

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Scottish Opera has been in steep decline for two decades and there is not much sign of an upturn. An article in The Scotsman exposing its latest savage economies has drawn a sharp riposte from Alex Reedijk, the general director. Reedijk maintains that the company is used to touring remote parts of the country with […]

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Luca Pisaroni answers the Gramilano Questionnaire… Singers’ EditionQ&AWhen did you start singing? I started singing when I was 12/13 years old. I was a tenor then…Why did you start singing? I started singing because it felt so natural.Which singer inspired you most when you were young? Luciano Pavarotti.Which singer do you most admire? Thomas Hampson for his curiosity and for his vast repertoire…

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Beethovenfest Bonn 1: The Death of Schumann

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Beethovenfest Bonn 1: The Death of SchumannYesterday I stood in the room where Schumann died. It’s a little room on the top floor, at the end of a long, old building in Endenich – a rather out-of-the-way and very leafy suburb of Bonn. This house was, in its time, a mental hospital; here Schumann spent the last two-and-a-half years of his life…

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BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Garry Walker – reviewHoddinott Hall, CardiffBBCNOW’s energetic exploration of 20th-century American composers included lesser-known names amid the Barbers and CoplandsFor most, the names of Copland, Bernstein, Gershwin and perhaps latterly Glass are the American composers that figure in the general consciousness, so the BBC National Orchestra of Wales’s series, Americana, exploring the wide, open space that is 20th-century American classical music is welcome…

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Clouded by protests against Vladimir Putin’s pronouncements on homosexuality, this season-opening performance ultimately belonged to Anna Netrebko

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Opera Elektra, Royal Opera House

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Strauss’s thrilling opera was done ample justice, says Rupert Christiansen.    

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Los Angeles Opera’s ‘Carmen’, reviewed by Maria Nockin

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‘The Face on the Barroom Floor,’ a one-act opera composed by Henry Mollicone in 1978 when he was 32 and living in Los Angeles, has become one of the most-performed works in the operatic canon. Mollicone talks about writing it and Lawrence Kraman’s new documentary film about the opera, its composer and its staying power.

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  DARBAR 2013: Transposed Rhythm and the Saraswati Veena Bernhard Shimplesberger (cajun/drums); Sukhad Munde (pakhawaj); Jayanthi Kumaresh (saraswati veena); Patri Satish Kumar (mridangham); R. N. Prakash (ghatam). Purcell Room, London 19.9.2013 (CC)  Last year I reported on a concert in the four-day Darbar Festival (Rare Ragas and dhrupad), the largest festival of Indian music outside India…

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To This We've Come

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I had been looking forward for quite some time to West Edge Opera’s semi-staged production of Samuel Barber’s Vanessa, because I’ve been wondering about the opera for a good long time. I even listed it in season 5 of my Fantasy Opera series.I hoped it would be a lost masterpiece, but it turns out that when an opera sinks like a stone and doesn’t get performed often, there are usually good reasons for that…

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Music Review: Levine Is Impressive in Return to Met With ‘Così Fan Tutte’James Levine conducted a glowing, crisp and buoyant account of the Mozart opera with a cast of mostly younger singers who seemed inspired by the maestro.    

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Idle listening and thoughts.

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By Stephen Brivati: Greetings,
last night I had a rare opportunity to go on a mild listening binge so here are my idle thoughts for what little they are worth.
First I felt I needed the Beethoven and since I revere Vengerov for both his musicianship and technique I started with him. The difficulty of the Beethoven is possibly deciding if it is Romantic or classical in a very loose sense…

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