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On this day in 1787, Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni received its first performance in Prague.
Born on this day in 1911 bass-baritone Herbert Fliether
Born on this day in 1920 conductor Vaclav Neumann
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Bartók, Bach, Liszt. Kirill Gerstein (piano), Wigmore Hall, London, 14.5.2015 (RB) Bartók – Two Pieces from Mikrokosmos Book VI Bach – 15 Sinfonias BWV 787-801 Liszt – Études d’exécution transcendante Liszt’s Études d’exécution transcendante are among the .... More »
It’s exciting to see an opera come to life, bit by bit. Raúl Rico has been sending me pictures of the opera in progress: here is a shot of the set from Act 1 being built. I’m fairly sure it’s going to be a boat!
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New York City Opera has officially launched its “renaissance” at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater last night with a production of Puccini’s Tosca that should please a lot of older, conservative audiences, if not the adventurous operagoers that City Opera courted in the past.
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Buffalo, without a concertmaster since Michael Ludwig departed 18 months ago, has announced Dennis Kim as its new numero uno.
Dennis, Korea born and Curtis trained, is currently leading the Tampere Philharmonic in Finland. He has worked previously in the US, as concertmaster in Tucson. More here.
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Overall takings are up 1.3% to a record €33.5 million.
Audience numbers also up: a record 603,652 vs 599,525 the previous year.
Capacity for opera performances was 99.67%. Unbeatable.
Hats off to Dominique Meyer.
(The Met, by comparison, is below 80%.)
Erneut Einnahmen- und Besucherrekord an der Wiener Staatsoper 2013/2014
In der Spielzeit 2013/2014 konnte die Wiener Staatsoper erneut einen Einnahmenrekord von
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This week, Our Own Jungfer Marianne Leizmetzerin presents what is perhaps the briefest Bühnenweihfestspiel on record, a 2005 performance of Parsifal from Bayreuth conducted by Pierre Boulez.
Richard Wagner: Parsifal
Pierre Boulez, conductor
29 July 2005
Amfortas – Alejandro Marco-Buhrmester
Titurel – Kwangchul Youn
Gurnemanz – Robert Holl
Parsifal – Alfons Eberz
Klingsor – John Wegner
Kundry – Michelle de Young
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There’s nothing quite as refreshing as having main power almost within reach after operating on auxiliary power for several days and to that end, I’m still occupied with getting everything shipshape so there’s only a quick pointer to an article in the 6/29/2014 edition of the Green Bay Press Gazette by Paul Srubas that reports the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra’s (GBSO) board and executive leadership have made it quite clear that they are resolved to shut the organization down after next season…
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Beyond the serious financial plight of the unpaid 2013 Beethoven Festival musicians, the larger conversation drives home that both performing artists and their employers need to be educated and held accountable by the community at large, and there is some serious work to do on that score.
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Mozart: Soloists, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and CBSO Chorus / Andris Nelsons (conductor), Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 26.6.2014 (GR). Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K.550 isero! O sogno – Aura che intorno spin, K431 Per questa bella mano, K612 Mass in C Minor, K427 Soloists: Malin Christensson (Soprano I); Christine Rice (Soprano II); Ben […]
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A ubiquitous presence on the Bay Area’s underground music scene, Lisa Mezzacappa has toured with Donovan and recently founded her own record label, Queen Bee. On any given night, she is likely to be performing in some small venue you didn’t know existed, around the corner from where you live.
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Mahler’s Symphony no 8 was given its title “The Symphony of a Thousand” by a promoter who wanted to attract the kind of crowd who like blockbusters, but don’t necessarily care much about music. Judging from the delirious applause at last night’s Royal Festival Hall concert, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, that kind of audience is all too common these days, too…
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Over their final weekend, the Aldeburgh Festival is celebrating spectralism, with French composer Tristan Murail in residence. Tom Service introduces a world of sensuality and vividnessFrench composer Tristan Murail is in residence at the Aldeburgh Festival on Saturday for a mini celebration of spectralism, the musical movement/attitude/exploration of which he has been a leading figure since the 1970s, along with his fellow travellers Gérard Grisey and Hugues Dufourt…
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GREEN BAY, Wis. — Hot on the announcement that the Chicago Chamber Musicians was discontinuing all its artistic activiteis and would not be presenting a 2014-2015 season, another renowned classical music entity is announcing its closure…
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