LFO Receive Opera Award Nomination. Wagner Well Represented + MORE

 

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The lady is a camp + MORE

Back to celebrating Shakespeare (and Halloween) this week with one of the best: Verdi’s Macbeth gets true blood-and-guts treatment from Guillermo Sarabia and the legendary Marisa Galvany at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu in 1975.  This is also a rare dip for me into what people of my generat.... More »
symphonies

CBSO/Rattle/Donohoe review a euphoric reception for the returning conductor + MORE

Symphony Hall, BirminghamSimon Rattle brought nobility and urgency while Peter Donohoe played as if visited by the spirit of RachmaninovBut for the vision and tenacity of Simon Rattle, Symphony Hall and its stunning acoustic would not have come into being and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestr.... More »
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Brahms: Chants d'amour / Liebeslieder + MORE

Summer weather is beginning to transition into that of fall, which means it's time for me to transition from French to German art songs as my default listening of choice. Perfect for this lazy, enchanted, in-between period has proved a new recording of Brahms waltzes, here identified as Chants .... More »
conductors

‘The Play’s the Thing’: Shakespeare and Mendelssohn Combine to Excellent Effect + MORE

 Garsington Opera 2015 – William Shakespeare, A Midsummers Night’s Dream with incidental music by Felix Mendelssohn: Members of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Anna Sideris (soprano), Catherine Backhouse (mezzo-soprano), Chorus and Orchestra of Garsington Opera/Douglas Boyd (conductor), Quee.... More »
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Golden but not delicious + MORE

The cultiest of cult musicals, an All-American take on the Iliad and the Odyssey, the spectacularly witty Golden Apple of John Latouche (words) and Jerome Moross (music), opened Off Broadway in 1953 to some acclaim, moved to Broadway in 1954 and promptly sank, overweighted by its own cleverness. Thi.... More »

Top soprano prolongs maternity leave

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Top soprano prolongs maternity leaveElina Garanca, who had her second baby last month, has told the Vienna Opera that she won’t after all be singing in April’s Rosenkavalier. Sophie Koch has been called in to sub.  

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Holey Gouda, De Nederlandse Opera is no more. From tomorrow it's officially known as Dutch National Opera.
What hasn't changed is the innovative approach, with eight new productions debuting in the just-announced 2014-15 season.
They include what may be the first-ever staged version of Schoenberg's cantata Gurre-Lieder, a Benedict Andrews La bohème shared with ENO and a William Kentridge Lulu which will be travelling to both ENO and the Met…

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From Paris With Love – review

– www.guardian.co.uk

From Paris With Love – reviewGrand, LeedsA mixed menu of opera and cabaret is a strangely imbalanced way to pay homage to the bohemianism of the French capitalAs Bogart said to Bergman: “We’ll always have Paris.” The question is, which one? Opera North’s homage to the French capital is neither quite an opera nor exactly a concert; rather it’s a staged itinerary of bohemia, incorporating music from Massenet to Piaf…

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A Second Zauberflöte? Die Frau ohne Schatten, Salzburg and MozartHere’s a slight departure from the usual texture of the blog, but with Die Frau ohne Schatten’s return to the Royal Opera House now less than a month away, I thought it might be a good opportunity to reprint here a piece I wrote for OPERA in 2011 (it appeared in the July 2011 issue, ahead of the unveiling of Christof Loy’s new production at the Salzburg Festival)…

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Flies, crows and crashing waves: the sounds that define PerthPerth festival: composer Tod Machover and WA residents have collected sounds for Between the Desert and the Deep Blue Sea, a new symphony celebrating the city. Here, Machover chooses his 10 favourite soundsVicky Frost

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Ensemble. Cogent Achievements

– www.mvdaily.com

Peter Maxwell Davies’ tenth symphony and other British music, heard by Roderic Dunnett

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Omaha

– briandickie.typepad.com

So I made it to Omaha yesterday, a long and delayed flight from London to Chicago, then a short and delayed flight to Omaha.  I arrived here at 11:30 pm which is 5:30 am Sunday in London….
This afternoon I will be at a performance of Handel's Agrippina – and all news about that later.  I am now still feeling a little dozy but no doubt Handel will wake me up!  The opening was very well received in the local press…

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Young and Mintz make a blockbuster opening

– www.theaustralian.com.au

IT’S hard to imagine a more blockbuster way for the QSO to open its 2014 Maestro season than with Simone Young.

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Young Wife – new opera for Solo Soprano

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

OperaUpClose opens the 2014 season with a double bill of Purcell’s exquisite 17th century tragedy and the UK premiere of a Polish 21st century social satire. Dido & Aeneas tells the story of a powerful female ruler undone by her love for the young hero AeneasFor me the draw might be a new opera for SOLO SOPRANO…

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Bartók relics

– www.therestisnoise.com

His desk, with the beloved Edison cylinder.

A cigarette found inside his Bösendorfer.

His insects. Pictures taken last month at the Bartók Memorial House, in Budapest.

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LFO Receive Opera Award Nomination. Wagner Well RepresentedThe finalists for the 2014 The International Opera Awards have been announced with Wagner appearing extensively. At the same time Longborough Festival Opera – who last year staged their first entire Ring cycle were nominated as a finalist in Festival category. A full list of nominations can be found below…

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(Credit) Like Lucchese cowboy boots and shotgun racks on Dodge Rams, what’s Texas without the Fort Worth Opera? Its general…

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