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Zev Yaroslavsky makes cameo appearance in 'La Traviata' at L.A. Opera + MORE

Throughout his political career, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky has been a notable advocate for arts organizations, especially local classical-music groups both large and small. He has spoken at concerts and even tried his hand at guest conducting on a number of occasions..... More »

Vivid drama & strong musical performances - Opera Holland Park's first Aida + MORE

Peter Auty, Graeme Broadbent - Aida - Opera Holland Park - photo Robert Workman Verdi Aida Gweneth-Ann Jeffers, Peter Auty, Heather Shipp, Graeme Broadbent, Jonathan Veira, Keel Watson Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jun 26 2015 Star rating: 4.0 Strong musical performances and vivid d.... More »

NCCO and Ailyn Peréz + MORE

* Notes * Dazzling soprano Ailyn Peréz (pictured left, photograph by Paul Marc Mitchell) replaced Susanna Phillips in New Century Chamber Orchestra's 2015-2016 season opener last night in Berkeley, traveling to the Bay Area between her performances of La Bohème at La Scala and the world prem.... More »

A spouse tale + MORE

For this week I had planned a performance of Lakmé with Ruth Welting, Alfredo Kraus, and Paul Plishka, only to discover after posting it that somewhere in the technologic processes it takes to prepare an upload, 75% of it morphed into ear-shattering noise.  Since I am lacking in French opera, I ha.... More »

Zygmunt Krauze: Hommage à Strzemiński reviewed + MORE

I recently spent some time fulfilling a long-held desire – to write something substantial on the Polish experimental composer Zygmunt Krauze. So when the opportunity came up to review at length a recent disc for Music and Literature, I couldn’t say no. Penderecki and Górecki helped end .... 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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– 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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