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'The Shining': Listen to the Minnesota Opera's complete production + MORE

We're pleased to present, for a limited time, the exclusive opportunity to listen to a recording of the Minnesota Opera's complete production of 'The Shining.'.... More »

Cato in Utica, Glimmerglass Festival, Cooperstown, New York — review + MORE

The revival of Vivaldi’s late opera was well directed, staged and sung, but missed an opportunity.... More »

Debussy: The Edgar Allan Poe operas CD review – an unfinished double bill heard at last + MORE

Dazeley/Villanueva/Hartinger/Fan/Dries/Göttinger SO/Mueller(Pan Classics, two CDs)Debussy did not complete any operas after the first performance of Pelléas et Mélisande in 1902. In the wake of that premiere, though, he made plans for no less than three more, and in 1908, after the successful US .... More »

Henk Neven and Hans Eijsackers are dreaming of Spain + MORE

Rêves d'Espagne Ibert, Shostakovich, Albeniz, Dørumsgaard, Granados, Ravel; Henk Neven, Hans Eijsackers; Onyx Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jun 24 2016 Star rating: 4.0Non-Spanish composers dreaming of Spain in a varied and imaginative programmeOn this new disc, Rêves d'Espagne, from Onyx, b.... More »
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Director Tom Cairns interviews Thomas Adès before tomorrow's world premiere of The Exterminating Angel + MORE

Photo: SF/Anne Zeuner (Interview and synopsis below: courtesy of Salzburg Festival. I shall be reviewing the final performance in the run on 8 August. Following the 28 July premiere, there will also be performances on 1 and 5 August.)Thomas Adès, when did you first encounter Buñuel’s film E.... More »

Ukraine and Korea win Helsinki’s Miriam Helin contest

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Ukraine and Korea win Helsinki’s Miriam Helin contestThe Jury of the VII Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition awarded the prizes as follows:
For women:

1st prize: Kateryna Kasper, soprano, Ukraine
2nd prize: Ekaterina Morozova, soprano, Russia
3rd prize: Sunyoung Seo, soprano, Korea
4th prize: Elena Guseva, soprano, Russia
For men:
1st prize: Beomjin Kim, tenor, Korea
2nd prize: Matija Meić, baritone, Croatia
3rd prize: Leon Kosavic, baritone, Croatia
4th prize: Dmytro Kalmuchyn, baritone, Ukraine
The prizes are the same for both men and women:
1st prize €30 000, 2nd prize €20 000, 3rd prize €10 000 and 4th prize €5 000…

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The EU Chamber of Commerce urged China to ease action taken against foreign companies. Separately, China dismissed a Chinese scholar from its antitrust advisory panel, citing a conflict of interest involving Qualcomm.

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When the Grant Park Music Festival decided to celebrate its 80th anniversary this summer by commissioning a composer to write a work for the occasion, an obvious candidate quickly emerged: William Bolcom.

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Trying to find coherence in Frank Castorf’s Ring is one exercise in imagination. So far, the main axis of symbolism seemed to turn around the idea of oil industry as an element of degradation of nature AND of culture, in the sense that the project of hegemony of the gods obliged them to strike deals with less developed creatures who could provide them with the physical means extracted from nature and these interchange finally debased Wotan and Fricka’s world so much that it finally dies out…

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Kobe Bryant is big on Beethoven

– minnesota.publicradio.org

NBA star Kobe Bryant has shared he is a big fan of Beethoven. Now, a new model shoe from Nike will bear the names of both Bryant and Beethoven.

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Tête a Tête opera festival part 3: Exploring Life and life in the AntarcticNarrator: Gary Merry, in On the axis of the world by Matt Rogers photo credit: Claire ShoveltonAs the Tête a Tête opera festival is drawing to a close I managed to get to another two performances. This year the event is hosted by Kings Place and Central St Martin’s and continues the tradition of exploration of creativity in opera…

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 Prom 34:Strauss, Mozart, Nielsen, Francesco Pietmontesi (piano), BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Thomas Søndergård (conductor), Royal Albert Hal, London, 11.8.2014 (RB) Strauss – Tod und Verklärung Burleske in D minor for piano and orchestra Mozart – Rondo in A major for piano and orchestra, K386 Nielsen – Symphony No…

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The little gunmetal dress

– parterre.com

The little gunmetal dressSleeveless Anna Netrebko performs scenes from Verdi’s Macbeth.

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Steinway Gallery’s manager, who has played Carnegie Hall, makes name for himself as composer

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#classicalAutoCorrect Trends on Twitter

– www.icareifyoulisten.com

Yesterday night, as I was looking for Gould’s recording of Bach’s French Suites on my tablet, the OS corrected me and suggested: Gluten Gould. I had to share it on Twitter using #classicalAutoCorrect (back in 2012, I started #OperaProductPlacement and that was really fun too). Here are a few good tweets; I’ll update the post […

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PROM 35: Finnish Classics Meet Mediterranean Walton

– www.seenandheard-international.com

Prom35: Maxwell Davies, Walton, Sibelius: James Ehnes (violin), Mary Bevan (soprano), Kitty Whately (mezzo-soprano), BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Thomas Søndergård (conductor) Royal Albert Hall, London, 12.8.2014 (RB) Sir Peter Maxwell Davies -Caroline Mathilde – suite from Act 2 of the ballet Walton – Violin Concerto Sibelius – The Swan of Tuonela Symphony No…

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Peter Sculthorpe took Australia's 'spirit of place' and made it singThe late composer gloried in his countrys landscape and the talent of the musicians he worked with to tell its story, says colleague and friend Richard Mills Peter Sculthorpe obituary Peter Sculthorpe dies in Sydney, aged 85In many ways the death of Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe signals the end of an era in Australian music…

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Met Contract Talk Links

– irontongue.blogspot.com

I’ll put links worth reading here on a rolling basis:Mezzo-soprano Suzanne Mentzer tells you what the stage crew, dressers, hairdressers, and makeup artists do, and why they are so important and well-paid.Michael Cooper (Times) writes about some of the issuesMezzo-soprano Jennifer Rivera tells you about what opera singers make and why…

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