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Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera + MORE

Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera in the Veterans Building's fourth floor and basement opens February 28, 2016. The 300 seat theater named for Dianne and Tad Taube will host the Schwabacher Debut Recital Series, three performances from the newly formed producing division of the San Francisco Ope.... More »

Christopher Irvin: Joie de Vivre Orchestral & Choral Works Volume 2 + MORE

The first track is the jaunty little overture Love Child that cleverly mixes and matches a Great War recruitment march, a passage straight out of a Savoy opera, music that reminds me of William Alwyn’s score to the Alec Guinness film The Card, a waltz and a Suffragette’s song. The piece was draw.... More »

SF Opera Audited Financial Results 2013-2014 + MORE

San Francisco Opera's 91st season started on September 6, 2013 and finished on July 13, 2014. Eight operas were held at the War Memorial Opera House in 68 performances. The Company concluded Fiscal Year 2013-14 (FY 14) with a deficit of $348,244 on an operating budget of $74,119,493. Total ope.... More »

Morning Glories: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra + MORE

This week, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra inaugurates a new chapter in its history. The SPCO stays at the Ordway in downtown St. Paul, but now they'll be playing in the brand-new Concert Hall -- a visually and acoustically striking space, specially designed to complement the sound and intimacy of .... More »
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Philharmonia/Nelsons review – breathtaking Bruckner's Eighth + MORE

Royal Festival Hall, LondonAided by eloquent playing, Andris Nelsons was alive to the composer’s uncertainty in a lithe and at times mesmerising performanceBruckner was notoriously uncertain about some of his own symphonies. Perhaps that partly explains why these works can withstand such very diff.... More »

What opera characters need Google Glass?

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Wolf Trap Opera of Vienna, Virginia has announced that at a July 25 performance of Carmen, tech journalist David Pogue will be onstage wearing Google Glass.

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The Week in Reviews, Op. 37: Lisa Batiashvili performs the SibeliusBy Robert Niles: In an effort to promote the coverage of live music, each week Violinist.com brings you links to reviews of notable violin performances from around the world.

Photo courtesy the artist, © Anja Frers

Lisa Batiashvili performed the Sibelius with the Philharmonia OrchestraThe Guardian: “The Philharmonia were at their most refined and responsive throughout the evening (during Sibelius’ violin concerto and second symphony), and neither performance could be faulted technically, but for the most part both works remained rather detached and uninvolving…

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Jennifer Koh and Jaime Laredo: Two x Four

– www.icareifyoulisten.com

It wasn’t until seventh grade that I met my first violin teacher; before then, I was largely self-taught. I recall sitting in the back of my school orchestra (third-to-last chair of the second strings!) literally ecstatic about being surrounded by music. It was, of course, little more than deafening cacophony, a constant struggle to be […

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Iván Fischer’s The Red Heifer Sends a Powerful Message  

– www.seenandheard-international.com

Fischer: Die Rote Färse, Members of Budapest Festival Orchestra and Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, Iván Fischer (conductor), Konzerthaus Berlin, Werner-Otto-Saal, Berlin, 28.6.2014 (SH)   Cast: Gyula Krúdy: József Gyabronka Móric: Jonatán Kovács Eszter: Kyra Varga Kálmán: Zsombor Jéger Cow: György Kozma A Man: János Tóth The Red Heifer (Innkeeper):  Orsolya Sáfár Richter (Tenor): József Csapó József […]

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Secret Music: July

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(Click for the background to the Secret Music listings.) Friday 4 July: Silk Street Music Hall, GSMD | Plus Minus | 7.00pm | FREE Plus-Minus ensemble present five new works by postgraduate Guildhall composers, and a rare opportunity to hear Peter Ablinger’s experimental Amtssee bei Regen…

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Slightly less rosy in Chicago?

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Slightly less rosy in Chicago?We reported a couple of days back that the Lyric Opera had a record year.
Larry Johnson, one the scene and on the ball, points out that the company had to draw down $15 million from its endowment to stay in the black.
Read here.

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The Chicago company announces it broke even in 2013-14, marking the 26th year out of the past 27 that the company managed to avoid red ink.

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Prague Radio Symphony plays Reynard Burns' compositon 'The Voyage (America Trial and Triumph)' on YouTube, Conducted by Julius P. Williams      Julius P. Williams (b. 1954), left, and Reynard Burns, rightThe career of Maestro Julius P. Williams is detailed at his personal website, http://www.juliuspwilliams.com; he is also featured at AfriClassical.comPublished on Jun 30, 2014 Reynard Burns’ orchestral composition “The Voyage” (America Trial and Triumph) is recorded by the Prague Radio Symphony…

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Turangalîla Provides a Wonderful Season Finale for the LSO

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Beethoven and Messiaen:Steven Osborne (piano), Cynthia Miller (ondes-Martenot), London Symphony Orchestra, Jonathan Nott (conductor). Barbican Hall, London, 29.6.2014 (MB) Beethoven – Symphony no.2 in D major, op.36 Messiaen – Turangalîla-Symphony   Try as I might, I found it impossible, whether before, during, or after the performance, to fathom the idea behind programming Beethoven’s Second Symphony […]

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Glyndebourne La finta giardiniera

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Glyndebourne La finta giardinieraI was a bit wary of Mozart’s La finta giardiniera because the recordings I’ve heard do little for it. At Glyndebourne, however – a Mozart house – they know how to bring out the best. Excellent staging and performances serve Glyndebourne’s La finta giardiniera well.  Claire Seymour’s review in Opera Today WITH VIDEO…

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Andriessen: La Commedia review  a rich, important achievementMcFadden/Zavalloni/Willems/Beckman/Dutch National Opera/Asko|Schönberg Ensemble/De Leeuw(Nonesuch, two CDs and DVD)Louis Andriessen’s most recent large-scale music theatre work was first performed by the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam in 2009. He calls La Commedia "a film opera in five parts", for like the his stage works, Rosa (1995) and Writing to Vermeer (1999), which were both collaborations with Peter Greenaway, he conceived and composed it with a film-maker, in this case Hal Hartley…

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Annilese Miskimmon’s memorable new production boasts some inspired casting and adds disturbing new resonances to Britten’s chilling opera

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Monteverdi Vespro della beata Vergine

– www.planethugill.com

Monteverdi Vespro della beata Vergine Monteverdi Vespro della beata Vergine – Vespers of 1610; Choeur de Chambre de Namur, Cappella Mediterranea, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon; Ambronay Editions Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jun 27 2014 Star rating: 5.0Lithe and vibrant new recording, with some dazzling performances at terrific speed.This new recording of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 was recorded in the abbey of Ambronay and involved the Choeur de Chambre de Namur, instrumentalists from Cappella Mediterranea plus soloists Celine Scheen, Mariana Flores, Fabian Schofrin, Fernando Guimaraes, Zachary Wilder, Matteo Bellotto, Victor Torres and Sergio Foresti, all directed by Leonardo Garcia Alarcon…

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