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I Capuleti e i Montecchi/Chelsea Opera Group – review + MORE

Queen Elizabeth Hall, LondonThis high-voltage concert revival of Bellini's version of Romeo and Juliet was one of the group's finest achievementsI Capuleti e i Montecchi was reckoned to be Bellini's problem piece until recently, and even though its popularity has grown in recent years, we are still .... More »
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Born to be Vlad + MORE

On this day in 1476, Vlad the Impaler (Dracula) defeated Basarab Laiota with the help of Stephen the Great and Stephen V Báthory and became the ruler of Wallachia for the third time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bNmNniIDsk Born on this day in 1916 tenor Gerhard Unger http://www.youtube.com/.... More »
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Dido and Aeneas/Young Wife; Takács Quartet – review + MORE

King's Head; Wigmore Hall, LondonOperaUpClose take illuminating liberties with Purcell. And the Takács are on dazzling formHunky American quarterback Aeneas lifts his shirt and laughingly takes a selfie of his six-pack before pinging it to prom queen Dido who giggles over the image with fellow.... More »

A wonderful consulting moment + MORE

I was having a preliminary session with a possible client. Someone I could really help, but who — and I completely respect this — may not have the money to pay me. This is someone who, like me, has what’s called a portfolio career. He does many things. He’s a performing musician and a compo.... More »
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Rattle’s Pelléas et Mélisande: A Magnificent Achievement + MORE

Debussy, Pelléas et Mélisande: Soloists, London Symphony Chorus & Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle (conductor). Barbican Hall, London, 11.1.2016. (CC) Debussy, Pelléas et Mélisande Mélisande – Magdalena Kožená Pelléas – Christian Gerhaher Golaud – Gerald Finley Arkël .... More »

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A special ‘Otello’, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

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Arms and the Menotti

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Arms and the Menotti“…it’s not enough that The Consul is an inch-deep trivialization of one of the most momentous and agonizing events of the modern era, Eastern Europe’s (ongoing) struggle against totalitarianism…. Menotti, astonishingly, managed to ratchet up the outrage even further: He wrote an opera ostensibly about the horrors of dehumanization in which the empty characters exist only to be manipulated for his ulterior motives…

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The departure of Eva Wagner-Pasquier from the festival that bears her family name is of less importance than a sacking in Dresden, says Rupert Christiansen    

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Bryn is back (again) at Covent Garden

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Terfel to the rescue! 
Bryn Terfel has stepped in to replace Sebastian Catana, who has withdrawn from Tosca at the Royal Opera House. He sings Scarpia on 16, 19 and 26 June, with Lucio Gallo taking over on 21 June.
There are still plenty of tickets left, including some cheap ones.

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Renaud Capuçon’s first record as both soloist and conductor features Bach and Vasks violin concerti

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Il Diario di Chiara review – 'A bit hard-driven'Europa Galante/Biondi(Glossa)In the 18th century, the Ospedale della Pietà in Venice acquired an international reputation for its music, the quality of the young female musicians it trained there, and for the composers associated with it, especially Vivaldi. One of the most exceptional of those foundling musicians was Chiara, who was left on the steps of the Pietà as a two-month-old baby in 1718, studied the violin there under one of Vivaldi’s pupils, and by the age of 21 had become one of the finest players in Europe…

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Leedy on Singing Ancient Greek

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Ancient Greek musical practice has been a constant, and often almost obsessive, presence in western compositional thought and practice.  “Re-imaging”  the performance of Greek Drama has provided a spark igniting the invention of European Opera and reinvigorating it at intervals in forms only distantly related to their origins, from Monteverdi to Gluck to Berlioz and Wagner and to such disparate later figures as Richard Strauss, Carl Orff or Harry Partch…

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Blog.DSO.org: Kathleen Battle Stars in 36th Annual Detroit Symphony Orchestra 'Classical Roots' CelebrationKathleen BattleJames Lee IIIwww.jameslee3.comJonathan Bailey Hollandwww.jonathanbaileyholland.comKevin Scottwww.classicalconnect.com/Kevin_Scott/12935James Lee III, D.M.A. is Associate Professor of Composition and Theory at Morgan State University in Baltimore.  He writes:Hello Bill,Leonard Slatkin and Detroit Symphony Orchestra will perform “Chuphshah! Harriet’s Drive to Canaan” on March 8, 2014…

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From David Woodward in Longmont, Colorado :Carl Orff’s perennial musical spectacle Carmina Burana again manifests itself, this time in the small northern Colorado town of Longmont. This coming Saturday evening March 1st, Dr. Robert Olson will lead three Colorado soloists, lyric soprano Kara Guggenmos, tenor Dr…

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Real Estate Matters, or, A Tale of Two Concert Halls                                           Every time I’m in Davies Symphony Hall, I’m reminded of its inadequacies, both those I personally experience and those I’ve only read about.The tiny, ugly, low-ceilinged entry area, which is shared with the box office…

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Power and Electricity from Nézet-Séguin

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 Smetana, Bartók, Dvořák: Radu Lupu (piano), Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor), Carnegie Hall, New York City. 3.2.2014 (BH) Smetana: “The Moldau” from Má vlast (1874) Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3 (1943) Dvořák: Symphony No. 6 in D Major, Op. 60 (1880) This delicious evening at Carnegie Hall was not only enjoyable on its own programming […]

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A selected guide to performances of classical music in the New York City area.    

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"It Is Always the OTHER that Creates Ourself": On Peter Ablinger's Vocal AutomatonsLiam Cagney at Colony Journal was kind enough to ask me to write a piece on the Austrian composer Peter Ablinger for their inaugural issue. Below you can find the beginning of my piece; follow the link at the end to read the rest. (Word of warning: Colony is having some technical difficulties with their site, but they hope to iron them out soon…

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