Leo Nucci on the Rome Opera crisis: closure could be a good opportunity + MORE


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Classical Music News - Arthur Butterworth + MORE

English composer Arthur Butterworth died in November 2014, aged ninety-one.... More »

Samson et Dalila, Grange Park Opera, review: 'sumptuous, imaginative' + MORE

Patrick Mason's new production of the Biblical bodice-ripper could easily have slipped into parody. But it works, says Rupert Christiansen.... More »

Next to Norma + MORE

January 2, 1958 marked one of the darkest days in the career of Maria Callas.   After announcing to the management that she was ill, she was told there was no cover available for the title role of Norma for the opening night of Teatro dell’Opera, Roma in the presence of the president of Italy. .... More »

A shift in the balance of vocal power + MORE

To withdraw from one role is unfortunate. Two starts to look like contempt (pace O. Wilde). The double-whammy that Anna Netrebko has inflicted on the Royal Opera House and the Met – agreeing at the first to sing Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust and at both to sing Bellini’s Norma ̵.... More »
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Shakespeare & co - Welsh National Opera's 2016/17 + MORE

Quirijn de Lang and Jeni Bern in Kiss Me Kate - photo Opera NorthWelsh National Opera's 2016/17 season, which was recently announced, doesn't quite have the bel canto theme which has run through some of their recent seasons. Instead the Autumn season kicks off with Shakespeare, with a trilogy of pie.... More »
Leo Nucci on the Rome Opera crisis: closure could be a good opportunityI was born a labourer, before I was a singer I was a blacksmith and a mechanic. My father was a miner. I was in the chorus. Obviously I understand the trade unions. But this is another story altogether.Leo Nucci is commenting on the continuous threats by the unions in Rome, resulting in performances by the Rome Opera at the Caracalla Baths going on without the orchestra in front of a crowd of 4,000, mainly tourists…

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Ophélie Gaillard leads the Cello Concerto in A minor, Wq. 170

‘Neither booklet nor internet reveals anything about the Pulcinella Orchestra, but its 13 strings and continuo fortepiano are a force to be reckoned with,’ states George Pratt in his review of this recording in the June issue of BBC Music Magazine…

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Pumeza Matshikiza: the township soprano who wooed the worldOne billion people watched her perform a freedom anthem at the Commonwealth Games launch. Will the South African singer pack the same punch at the Proms?Pumeza Matshikiza discovered opera as a teenager quite by accident. One day, she was switching between radio stations, and stumbled on the great Swiss soprano Edith Mathis, singing in The Marriage of Figaro…

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José González / yMusic Modern-day troubadour González’s poignantly delicate voice, masterfully eloquent classical guitar, achingly emotional melodies, and thought-provoking lyrics will be reframed by new chamber orchestra arrangements by Rob Moose in a world premiere collaboration with yMusic. Thursday, July 31 at 7 PM Free Damrosch Park Bandshell, Lincoln Center, New York, NY …

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Don Giovanni review  David McVicar offers ration over passionSydney Opera HouseThis cool interpretation of Mozart’s classic is aloof but revelatory with a dark central performance from Teddy Tahu Rhodes as the serial seducerDuring the late 17th century, Europe saw a cultural movement that brought on not only the scientific revolution, but also the dawn of a new philosophical era…

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Wigmore Hall new season (part one)

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Wigmore Hall new season (part one)Joyce DiDonato ©Simon PaulyThe 2014/15 season at the Wigmore Hall starts with a whole clutch of treats in the first two months including Joyce DiDonato, Thomas Allen, Renata Pokupic, Ian Bostridge, Franco Fagioli, Anna Caterina Antonacci, Katarina Karneus and Simon Keenlyside. Instrumentally things are just as fascinating with the Pavel Haas Quartet in Janacek, clarinettist Martin Frost as Artist in Residence, and pianist Maria Joao Pires celebrating her 70th birthday…

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Carlo Bergonzi

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Carlo BergonziThe great Italian tenor Carlo Bergonzi has died, age 90. You can make a case that he was the greatest of postwar Italian tenors, for the elegance of his line, the beautiful sound, and the scrupulous musicianship. He wasn’t the loudest (probably Del Monaco) or the flashiest (Corelli, I guess), but he was a great Verdian and superb in Puccini and bel canto…

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Glyndebourne comes to you

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Glyndebourne comes to youGlyndebourne Tour dedicates its 2014 season to visionary founder Sir George Christie. Glyndebourne Tour is to honour the artistic vision of its founder Sir George Christie by taking three world-class productions, two fresh from premières at Glyndebourne Festival, on the road this autumn. Sir George, who died in May, established the Tour in 1968 driven by an ambition to bring the highest-quality opera to as many people as possible and nurture talented singers from across the world at the start of their careers…

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Welsh Exodus

– lietofinelondon.wordpress.com

Review – Moses und Aron (Welsh National Opera, Covent Garden, Saturday 26 July 2014)
Moses – John Tomlinson
Aron – Rainer Trost
Chorus & Extra Chorus of Welsh National Opera
Orchestra of Welsh National Opera
Directors – Jossi Wieler & Sergio Morabito
Revival Director – Jörg Behr
Lighting Designer – Tim Mitchell
Lothar Koenigs (Conductor)
I never get to Cardiff enough to see Welsh National Opera – lamentably I didn’t see their Tudors productions – so it was good news that they have struck a deal to bring one of their productions to Covent Garden…

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Southbank Centre, London: Wednesday 17 September 2014 'Youth Orchestra of Bahia' [Brazil] Queen Elizabeth HallYouth Orchestra of BahiaSouthbank Centre, London, U.K.The Youth Orchestra of Bahia is from the Brazilian State of the same name, which has a strong Afro-Brazilian heritageJulia Wolfe: riSE and fLY (Percussion Concerto)IntervalGustav Mahler: Symphony No.1 (vers. standard in 4 movements)Colin Currie and the Youth Orchestra of Bahia perform new work by Julia Wolfe and Mahler’s First Symphony…

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Courageous approach to cycle

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ASK loyal MSO audience members to name the highlight of Markus Stenz’s tenure and chances are they will cite the complete Mahler symphonies.

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Why we tolerate competitions, knowing they are fixed

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Why we tolerate competitions, knowing they are fixedJulian Lloyd Webber has earned himself a few headlines, declaring that ‘most’ music contests are corrupt.
He brings no new evidence, citing only the Tchaikovsky competition in the Soviet and post-Soviet years which was widely known to be fixed.
Slipped Disc has, from time to time, exposed corruption at competitions…

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Amadeus, Chichester Festival Theatre

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Peter Shaffer has always been a big ideas man and the curse laid upon Antonio Salieri that he and he alone should recognise the genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart while all around him – not least himself – bask in mediocrity is one of his biggest and most challenging. Amadeus isn’t a play about rivalry, deceit, murder (all scantly addressed through historical heresay), it’s about the eternal mystery of musicality – something which cannot be taught or cultivated but which defines composers and performers alike and so often – more often than not – goes under the guise of that most elusive and misleading of words: inspiration…

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