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Brodsky Quartet/Ilić/Dohr/Lluna/Žebeljan/Karlović/Stošić/Petrović(CPO)Although born in Belgrade, Isidora Žebeljan spent much of her childhood in the region that gave us Bartók and Kurtág. That’s no surprise, considering the spiky beauty and joy in folk-dance that infuses her c.... More »
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..... More »
“Big news from The Dallas Opera: just before the 7:30pm curtain for last night’s performance of Salome, CEO Keith Cerny announced from the stage that, due to complications from a hip injury, Deborah Voigt would not be performing Wednesday night. In her place, soprano Lise Lindstrom sang the .... More »
Puccini - Il Tabarro - Opera Holland Park - photo Robert Workman Puccini Il Trittico; Stephen Gadd, Anne Sophie Duprels, Jeff Gwaltney, Rosalind Plowright, Richard Burkhard, Anna Patalong, James Edwards, Sarah Pring, dir: Martin Lloyd Evans & Oliver Platt, cond: Stuart Stratford; Opera Hollan.... More »
Prom 59 – Beethoven: Andras Schiff (piano), Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra / Herbert Blomstedt (conductor), Royal Albert Hall, London, 29.8.2016. (GD) Beethoven: Overture ‘Leonore’ No.2 Op.72a; Piano Concerto No. in E flat major, Op.73; ‘Emperor’ Symphony No.7 in A major.... More »
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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