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S.F. Opera goes all out to perform 'The Trojans' + MORE

New productio of Berlioz's masterpiece features 32-ton set with fire-breathing horse; the opera plays in San Francisco June 7-July 1..... More »
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Minnesota Opera: Tosca + MORE

Join us Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. as we head to the Ordway for a special live broadcast of Tosca with the Minnesota Opera. Minnesota native Kelly Kaduce stars in the lead role as the fiery prima donna, with Leonardo Capalbo as Cavaradossi and Stephen Powell as Scarpia..... More »
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Can David McVicar Bring Peace to the Opera Wars? + MORE

“Roberto Devereux” will be his fifth opera at the Met this season, making him an important director at the house..... More »
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Generational Change at San Francisco Musical Institutions + MORE

Here's a shocker: Brent Assink, long-time Executive Director of the San Francisco Symphony, has decided to step down from that post at the end of March, 2017. By then, he will have held the position for 18 years. Prior to that, he was ED (or ED-equivalent) of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra...which h.... More »
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Canzone Italiane: Italian elegance and Handelian earthiness at the Foundling Hospital + MORE

Foundling Museum picture gallery (Photo Foundling Museum) Luzzaschi, Monteverdi, Carissimi, Frescobaldi, Handel; William Wallace, Galina Averina, Shaked Bar, Pavla Flámová, Katherine Sharman, Elizabeth Kenny, Laurence Cummings; London Handel Festival at the Foundling Museum Reviewed by Ruth Ha.... More »
Violinist.com interview with Ilya Gringolts: the Menuhin CompetitionBy Laurie Niles: The Menuhin Competition gets underway in less than a month in Austin, Texas, and as the clock ticks down, we have a few previews for you here at Violinist.com. Also, I’ll be traveling to Texas later this month to write about the competition, which begins on February 21 and culminates with a final Gala Concert (with the Cleveland Orchestra, no less!) on March 2…

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Nikolaus Lehnhoff’s staging belittles Puccini’s intentions, turning the work into a Broadway farce in order to get the belly laughs

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Yet Another Set of Paganini Variations

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Here’s what happens when Marc-Andre Hamelin gets his hand on a famous theme:Around 4:00, there is a riff on LvB op. 109. Around 5:45, he is quoting different Beethoven. Around 7:30, he is almost quoting one of Rachmaninov’s variations. Something vaguely familiar is going on around 9:00.

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Picture (detail) courtesy Salzburg Mozart Woche, © Matthias Baus

Bejun Mehta will never be my favorite countertenor, but singing Orfeo as he does here in Salzburg, in Ivan Alexandre’s lame demi-production of Orfeo ed Euridice, he makes it impossible not to admire him. Relaxed and more naturally confident than his supercilious stage demeanour usually suggests, he is in splendid, show-stealing

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Theodora: Not the Messiah but Handel’s Favorite

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Handel: Theodora, The English Concert, Harry Bicket (conductor), The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Julian Wachner (director), Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, 2.2.2014 (SSM) Theodora:  Dorthea Röschmann Irene:            Sarah Connolly Didymus:    David Daniels Septimius:  Kurt Streit Valens:         Neal Davies Theodora, Handel’s penultimate oratorio, shares an emotional […]

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Schubertiade

– briandickie.typepad.com

It was a real joy to spend 75 minutes yesterday listening to students of the Royal Academy of Music performing a wonderful programme of Schubert songs – Sun, Moon and Stars – devised by the genius of Richard Stokes. Richard is a remarkable man, passionate and erudite in just the right balance – I have known him since 30 years ago he taught my eldest son German at Westminster School!  Little did I realise then that he was destined to become a world authority on Lieder…

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Riccardo Muti is steadfast in his search to connect the musical past and present in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s mission

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Royal Festival HallBach-Busoni – Chorale Prelude: ‘Nun komm’ der Heiden Heiland,’ BWV 659Beethoven – Piano Sonata no.13 in E-flat major, op.27 no.1Bach-Busoni – Chorale Prelude: ‘Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ,’ BWV 639Beethoven – Piano Sonata no.14 in C-sharp minor, op.27 no.2Liszt – Schaflos, Frage, und Antwort, S 203; Unstern! sinistre, disaster, S 208; RW – Venezia, S 201Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition This was the first time I had heard Paul Lewis as a recitalist, as opposed to concerto soloist or ‘accompanist’…

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Audio Book & Text: A Wagner Matinée. Willa Cather“The first number was the Tannhäuser overture. When the violins drew out the first strain of the Pilgrim’s chorus, my Aunt Georgiana clutched my coat-sleeve. Then it was that I first realized that for her this singing of basses and stinging frenzy of lighter strings broke a silence of thirty years, the inconceivable silence of the plains…

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Boulez is honoured as Cleveland’s longest serving maestroAlthough he’s too frail to attend or to conduct, Pierre Boulez will be honoured this Thursday for conducting the Cleveland Orchestra for over half a century. Details here.

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Michael Todd Simpson Replaces Nathan Gunn

– operatattler.typepad.com

Baritone Michael Todd Simpson (pictured left) will replace Nathan Gunn as Gaylord Ravenal in Show Boat at San Francisco Opera. Gunn has withdrawn from the the production. Other casting updates include Bill Irwin as Cap'n Andy Hawks and Harriet Harris as Parthy Ann Hawks.
Production Web Site | San Francisco Opera Press Release

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Lovers schooled

– likelyimpossibilities.blogspot.com

Lovers schooledOn Thursday night, the Washington, D.C.-based group Opera Lafayette graced the Rose Theater with a double bill of French opera… sort of. The first half consisted of Così fan tutte in French, the second François-André Philidor’s opéra-comîque Les femmes vengées, which slightly predates Mozart…

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Symphony guide: Mozart's 31st ('Paris')‘I hope that even these idiots will find something in it to like’, wrote the young composer of his Parisian audience. Calculated to please, Mozart’s brilliantly wrought and supremely confident symphony is still delighting audiences nearly 250 years later. • All articles in this series Paris, spring 1778…

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