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TSO breathes life into ‘Back to the Future’ with live orchestra: review + MORE

Back to the Future retro nerds enjoy a revitalization of the iconic 80s film with live accompaniment from the TSO..... More »

Finalists!! + MORE

We have eleven - one more than ideal but there was a dead heat for tenth place!  And here you see the happy group with jury chairman Dominique Meyer and overall inspiration for the competition Liz Mohn. The lucky eleven are: Miriam Albano - Mezzo soprano - Italy Mario Bochmanova - Soprano - Ru.... More »

Oakland East Bay Symphony explores 'Notes from Mexico' + MORE

Michael Morgan and the orchestra welcome Bay Area singer-songwriter Diana Gameros and others in a concert devoted to Mexican folkloric music..... More »
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Cock of the walk + MORE

You are unlikely ever to hear Rimsky-Korsakov’s last opera sung in French, yet the piece, Zolotoy pyetushok (translated as The Golden Cockerel in English, folks around here being wary for some reason of calling it The Golden Rooster) is best known in these parts as Le Coq d’Or, which recalls its.... More »
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We’re loving the music for Mog + 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. Hint: she’s the first woman c.... More »
  English Touring Opera Take Haydn, Handel and Bach on Tour this Autumn   Fresh from winning the 2014 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, English Touring Opera is busy preparing for its autumn/fall tour. Working once again with period instrument orchestra The Old Street Band it will present a season ranging between the baroque […]

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BBCs Proms coverage becomes a question of composure | @guardianlettersA spokeswoman for the mighty BBC tells Charlotte Higgins (Composers condemn patronising BBC, 3 September) that the BBC Proms producers have to bear in mind the audience when choosing which Prom concerts to televise; and that newer works are often less familiar. Is someone paid good wages to write that sort of guff?Serious questions about the programming of uncompromising contemporary music (often referred to by orchestral musicians as squeaky gate music) require more thoughtful evasion than this spokeswoman is capable of…

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Salzburg Schubert Fierrabras Knights in white satin

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Salzburg Schubert Fierrabras Knights in white satinKnights in white sarin – Schubert’s opera Fierrabras at the Salzburg Festival, conducted by Ingo Metzmacher. Fierrabras is an opera with no performance tradition, whatsoever. The only performances between 1835 and the 1980’s were concert performances, some in greatly shortened versions. Arguably, there’s little Beidermeier about Fierrabras…

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Opera Lyrica's Cosi fan tutte

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Opera Lyrica's Cosi fan tutteElinor Rolfe Johnson Mozart Cosi fan tutte; Opera Lyrica, cond. William Cole, dir. Paola Cuffolo; Twentieth Century Theatre Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Sep 4 2014 Star rating: 4.0Young performers giving a technically proficient and dramatically engaging account of Mozart’s operaOpera Lyrica is giving two performances of their production of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte at the Twentieth Century Theatre…

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Atlanta Stakeholders Dig In On Eve Of Contract Expiration

With the current agreement set to expire on midnight, 9/6/2014, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) musicians issued a press statement that makes it clear that a deal is unlikely; moreover, they single out ASO President & CEO Stanley E. Romanstein as the individual responsible for revenue performance shortfalls…

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While the Mahler unfolded and reached its radiant conclusion, time stood still

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(This essay was published in the 2014 Salzburg Festival programme for a concert in which Bernard Haitink conducted the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. I reviewed the concert here.)Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)Die Schöpfung Hob XXI:2 The seeds of Die Schöpfung were sown during Haydn’s visits to England in the early 1790s…

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Fela Kuti Africa's answer to Handel

– www.guardian.co.uk

Fela Kuti  Africa's answer to HandelAs a new film raises the late Fela Kutis profile even further, Peter Culshaw recalls meeting the controversial and contrary Nigerian star in a cloud of dope smoke, surrounded by some of his 26 wives and wearing just a pair of red underpantsFela Kutis crossover into the western mainstream has been gaining momentum ever since his death in 1987…

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A new season of opera is upon us, with San Francisco’s company staging Bellini’s ‘Norma’ for its opener and Opera San Jose presenting Verdi’s classic ‘Rigoletto.’ Does the prospect of attending one of those fill you with joy or dread? Email us and tell us whether you love or loathe opera.

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Vienna State Opera’s Music Director ResignsThe general music director, Franz Welser-Möst, cited “irreconcilable differences” for his decision and withdrew from all his scheduled performances there.

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Poor Yorick and the Viola: Melissa Dunphy’s iHamlet opens at the Philly FringeBy Karen Rile:
Actor/composer/violist Melissa Dunphy stars in iHamlet, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre
Every September my city, Philadelphia, belies a stodgy reputation and throws its heart and soul into an edgy two-week all-arts (dance, theater, visual arts, music and spoken-word) festival we call Philly Fringe…

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Final chapter

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Final chapterRichard Strauss’ Elektra has always been something of a touchstone opera for this reviewer.  It was one of the first operas I attended at the Met (Birgit Nilsson’s return in 1980—I still have her “Orest!” ringing somewhere in my brain).  It was the first full opera recording I ever bought (Nilsson, Solti) on cassettes that I still have in my collection…

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Which opera is this?

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Which opera is this?
Meistersinger? No.
Peter Grumps? Also not.
I give in.
It’s Norwegian Opera’s new production of Shostakovich Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, which opened last night in Oslo.
Critic Erling E Gulbrandsen calls it: ‘An An extreme scene of devastating sex on top of a huge heap of slimy cod.’

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