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Baritone Efrain Solis, an Adler Fellow, will sing Dandini in the upcoming run of La Cenerentola, replacing Fabio Capitanucci, who has withdrawn for health reasons. Cenerentola opens on November 9 and runs to the 26th.Solis had a memorable couple of minutes on stage in Un Ballo in Maschera, somehow u.... More »
Blow out the candles. It's Rameau's 250th birthday on 25th September. To celebrate Arte TV is screening four classic productionsAll of these are very well known, so anyone with the slightest interest in Rameau will have seen them already. But my goodness, they are so good that you want to enjoy them.... More »
Psst, pianophile friends: did you know that Martha Argerich is playing the Schumann Piano Concerto at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday? Well, she is. Get there.It's part of a very special concert: the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's 70th anniversary gala. Their principal conductor, Charles Dutoit, wil.... More »
Happy 55th birthday President Barack Obama.
Born on this day in 1875 composer Italo Montemezzi.
Born on this day in 1884 librettist Béla Balázs.
Born on this day in 1908 conductor Ku.... More »
Born on this day in 1922 actress and singer Dorothy Dandridge.
Born on this day in 1885 tenor Aureliano Pertile.
Born on this day in 1921 soprano Pierrette Alarie.
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Mozart's <em>Cosi Fan Tutte</em> seems like a standard operatic comedy but with a twist. Classical MPR's Rex Levang explains this opera that has come into its own. The Met Opera's production of <em>Cosi</em> airs Saturday, April 26, at 12 noon, on Classical MPR.
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F. David, Lalla Roukh, M. Fiset, E. G. Toro, N. Paulin, B. Deletré, Opera Lafayette, R. Brown
(released on March 25, 2014)
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Ryan Brown and his ensemble, Opera Lafayette, were thinking about this opéra comique by Félicien David at least as far back as 2008, when they performed some excerpts of it at the National Gallery of Art…
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The Canadian tenor Ben Heppner is retiring from singing, at age 58. He’s been singing professionally for about 35 years, and reached the big time after winning the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions in 1988.I heard him live several times: in Lohengrin, in Tristan und Isolde in Seattle and at the Met, in Fidelio at the Met…
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Tim HughTomorrow (27 April), cellist Tim Hugh and pianist Alissa Firsova (read my interview with Firsova) will be giving a recital at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s Milton Court Concert Hall. The programme includes music by Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms. Firsova, whose career combines the roles of pianist, composer and conductor, has also written a new piece for herself and Hugh to play…
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The newly appointed chief executive Jeff Melanson has told the press that he will do what no Toronto boss has done before: ‘I’m very interested in turning this into a globally competitive orchestra, which is what we will do.’ Since he clearly hasn’t a clue how to do that, here’s some free advice…
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Following on from Novaya Opera’s successful UK debut with their performances of Borodin’s Prince Igor conducted by the company’s artistic director Jan Latham-Koenig, it has been announced that Latham-Koenig has won The Golden Mask Award for Best Conductor for the company’s 2013 production of Tristan und Isolde…
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Regular readers and twitter followers will know that Paul Bunyan is a work really close to my heart. In consequence I’ve been keenly looking forward to this new production from English Touring Opera (the first from one of our main companies since the Royal Opera House production in 1997/9). There is always a danger when you love a work and anticipate a new staging of disappointment…
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How to help kids love opera? These days every decent house needs “outreach” partly to develop genuine interest and partly to justify funding. Some of my recent posts on the subject : Will children ever learn about opera ? and End the Missionary Position in Classical Music Here’s how children learn about opera in Hong Kong…
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I Puritani – Metropolitan Opera, 4/18/2014Peretyatko, Brownlee, Aniskin, Pertusi / MariottiWhen one sees Bellini’s final opera, it’s hard not to draw comparisons with 1835’s better-known mad scene masterpiece, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. British civil strife, lovers from opposite sides, political machination, an interrupted wedding resulting in madness, etc…
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Footage from Christopher Cerrone's Invisible Cities, which was a finalist for this year's Pulitzer Prize. Yuval Sharon, who oversaw the production, will direct Cunning Little Vixen at the Cleveland Orchestra in May. The Cleveland has uploaded two video diaries.
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