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Orchestral version of Jonathan Dove's Mansfield Park to be premiered at the Grange Festival + MORE

Engraving of The Grange, c.1835Jonathan Dove's opera Mansfield Park, based on the novel by Jane Austen, was originally written for ten singers accompanied by piano four-hands. With 2017 being the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen, Dove is producing a new version of the opera orchestrated.... More »
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Nous voulons explorer la bonté contrée énorme où tout se tait + MORE

Born on this day in 1880 poet Guillaume Apollinaire.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRJSHLuyov8 Born on this day in 1913 tenor Gino Sinimberghi. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRAqM8XfdIM Born on this day in 1915 soprano Gré Brouwenstijn. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7O7Evb8NSc Born on this day in 1923 condu.... More »
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Madrid’s Opera Season Ends with a Surprise Triple Bill + MORE

 Granados: Goyescas, Teatro Real Orchestra and Chorus, Guillermo García Calvo (conductor), Teatro Real, Madrid, 9.7.2015 (JMI) Concert Version Cast: Rosario: Maria Bayo Fernando: Andeka Gorrotxategi Paquiro: Cesar San Martin Pepa: Ana Ibarra   Puccini: Gianni Schicchi, Teatro Real Orchestra and C.... More »
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Matthew Shilvock Next SF Opera General Director + MORE

Matthew Shilvock (pictured left, photograph by Cory Weaver) has been named General Director of San Francisco Opera and will become the Company's seventh director on August 1, 2016 with a five-year contract through July 2021. Mr. Shilvock is currently SF Opera's Associate General Director .... More »
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Zygmunt Krauze: Hommage à Strzemiński reviewed + MORE

I recently spent some time fulfilling a long-held desire – to write something substantial on the Polish experimental composer Zygmunt Krauze. So when the opportunity came up to review at length a recent disc for Music and Literature, I couldn’t say no. Penderecki and Górecki helped end .... More »

Oleg Caetani interview

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The conductor talks about his belated Covent Garden debut, how Puccini has been misunderstood – and why gestures matter more than explanations

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Opulent waves of romance

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THIS Master Series concert had British conductor Mark Wiggles­worth overseeing Rach­manin­ov’s Symphony No 2.

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Good Ensemble Work in McVicar’s Figaro Revival

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 Mozart Le nozze di Figaro Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/David Syrus. Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 02.05.2014 (CC)   Figaro: Alex Esposito Susanna: Camilla Tilling Bartolo: Christophorus Stamboglis Marcellina: Marie McLaughlin Cherubino: Anna Bonitatibus Countess Almaviva: Rebecca Evans Count Almaviva: Gerald Finley Antonio: Jeremy White Don Curzio: Timothy Robinson […]
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Barbican HallStrauss – Serenade in E-flat major, op.7Mozart – Piano Concerto no.22 in E-flat major, KV 482Strauss – Macbeth, op.23Till Eulenspiegels lustiche Streiche, op.28Imogen Cooper (piano)London Symphony OrchestraSir Mark Elder (conductor) Strauss and Mozart are anything but surprising bedfellows; indeed, as Strauss’s career progresses, one of the most interesting battles to observe, even to experience, is that between what, for the sake of argument, we might call the twin poles of the Mozartian and the Wagnerian…

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MELODEON: Soprano Marti Newland in 'American Intimates: Music for Private Pleasure' Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 4 Church of the Epiphany, 74th & York Ave.(Left to right, American composers William Grant Still, Arthur Bird, Dana Suesse)Marti Newlandwww.martinewland.comMarti Newland, soprano: George Spitzer, baritone: Andrew Sun, piano: Artis Wodehouse, antique American reed organ, pianoAmerican Intimates: Music for Private Pleasure features American music intended for performance by home amateurs or broadcast in the early days of radio…

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First opera triumph - Julian Anderson's ThebansChristopher Ainslie and Roland WoodThebans, act 3picture credit Tristan Kenton Julian Anderson and Frank McGuinness – Thebans: director Pierre Audi, conductor Edward Gardner: ENO at the London Coliseum Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Mar 20 2014 Star rating: 5.0Triumphant first outing for composer Julian Anderson’s first operaJulian Anderson’s much anticipated first opera, Thebans, premiered at the London Coliseum on 3 May 2014, in a production by English National Opera…

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Heartbreak fridge

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Heartbreak fridgeBefore there was Verdi’s Otello, Rossini’s Otello was considered the master operatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy. It’s easy to see why Rossini’s Otello was acclaimed at its time, and also why Verdi’s Otello eventually eclipsed the Rossini version.  The main deficiency in Rossini’s version is that the libretto is so much weaker than Boito’s libretto for Verdi’s opera…

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Rossini’s La Gazza Ladra, 04.05.2015

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La Gazza Ladra is considered by many Rossini’s most original opera, the one in which comedy and tragedy are most perfectly connected and theatrical conventions then in force were most frontally and effectively challenged. Then the question is: why is it so rarely staged? And the answer is very simple: the vocal parts are so difficult and the acting requirements are so considerable that opera houses usually find it safer simply to refrain from staging it at all…

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The Fall and Rise of Ivor Gurney (1890-1937)

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 Gurney, The Far Country: Philip Lancaster (baritone), Ben Lamb (piano), St Andrew’s Church, Churchdown, Gloucester, 3.5.2014. (RJ) Richard Shephard, There was such beauty: Lucy Hall (soprano), David Stout (baritone), Alan Parker (reader), Gloucester Choral Society, Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra / Adrian Partington (conductor), Gloucester Cathedral, 3,5,2014…

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Chicago appoints two violas

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Chicago appoints two violas Wei-Ting Kuo of the Milwaukee Symphony (pictured) and Danny Lai of Colorado have won seats in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Announcement below.       CHICAGO—Music Director Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra announce the appointments of Wei-Ting Kuo and Danny Lai as the newest members of the viola section, effective May 19, 2014…

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A Greek Chorus of Approval

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Review – Thebans (English National Opera, Saturday 3 May 2014)
The Chorus of English National Opera
Oedipus – Roland Wood
Creon – Peter Hoare
Tiresias – Matthew Best
Jocasta – Susan Bickley
Stranger from Corinth & Haemon – Anthony Gregory
Shepherd – Paul Sheehan
Messenger & Theseus – Christopher Ainslie
Antigone – Julia Sporsén
Polynices – Jonathan McGovern
Eteocles – Matt Casey
Director- Pierre Audi
Set Designer – Tom Pye
Costume Designer – Christof Hetzer
Lighting Designer – Jean Kalman
The Orchestra of English National Opera
Frank McGuinness (Libretto)
Julian Anderson (Composer)
Edward Gardner (Conductor)
English National Opera is to be congratulated for their commitment to new works…

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Pereira finds a maestro defender

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Pereira finds a maestro defenderZubin Mehta has gone on Italian television to insist that his friend Alexander Pereira, incoming chief at a Scala, was not cooking the books when he sold money-losing Salzburg shows to Milan. Pereira’s appointment is coming under hostile scrutiny from the Mayor of Milan. Mehta also shares personal memories of Claudio Abbado…

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The Modernist Populist

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Even beyond Ives, I’m on a roll lately of research on dead American composers (DACs – I wish there were more public interest in LACs, but they are a needy and competitive bunch, and I’ve discovered the pleasures of communing musicologically with the serene and undemanding dead). Aside from Robert Palmer and Johanna Beyer (of whom possibly more […]

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