Lisa remembered at the Vienna State Opera + MORE Dec 8th

 

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Ten Years of Blogging! + MORE

I have realised, just in time - briefly reverting to London time, since it is past midnight in Berlin - that it is ten years ago to the day that I began to write this blog. It began, also in Berlin, with the symphonies of Gustav Mahler, conducted by Pierre Boulez and Daniel Baren.... More »
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Artist interview: Emily Sun + MORE

Rating:  0 When did you start playing the violin? I started playing when I was four. My dad was a composer and condu.... More »
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Royal Ballet Onegin casting 2015: débuts for Osipova, Golding and Muntagirov + MORE

John Cranko's masterpiece, Onegin, returns to the Royal Opera House at the end of this month. Created for the Stuttgart Ballet in 1965, the Royal Ballet first performed this production in 2001 and have since made it a staple of the repertory.The upcoming performances feature role débuts from Prin.... More »
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Out of hell + MORE

One can only pray that “three strikes, you’re out” applies at the Met. If so, we can rest easy that Jeremy Sams won’t be getting any new assignments. But unfortunately we still have to endure revivals of his previous transgressions as the audience did at the bumpy return Friday night of his .... More »
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Leo Nucci on the Rome Opera crisis: closure could be a good opportunity + MORE

I 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.... More »

The Flying Dutchman

– www.planethugill.com

The Flying DutchmanIn 1841 Richard Wagner was in Paris, fleeing creditors in Riga and hoping to make some money. One of his schemes was a one-act opera for the Paris Opera, to be performed as a curtain-raiser to a ballet. (A substantial one, the opera lasts nearly 130 minutes). So Wagner set to work on what would become Der Fliegende Holländer…

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BBC Philharmonic/Mena – review

– www.guardian.co.uk

BBC Philharmonic/Mena – reviewBridgewater Hall, ManchesterClosing an energetic evening, the 1941 ballet Estancia marked the start of the BBC Philharmonic’s exploration of the works of Argentina’s best-known composer, Alberto GinasteraA re-examination of the Spanish and South American repertoire has been central to Juanjo Mena’s tenure as the BBC Philharmonic’s chief conductor…

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‘Raise $5 million in weeks, or the orchestra dies’

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

‘Raise $5 million in weeks, or the orchestra dies’The plight of the Milwaukee Symphony is even graver than we thought. A joint appeal from the management and the musicians, supported by the Journal- Sentinel, reveals that the organisation does not have enough cash left to finish the season. Several regular donors have balked at being asked for yet another bailout gift and there […]

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It’s been a hectic week for Gabriel Cabezas, the 21-year-old cellist who will make his subscription concert debut Tuesday night with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the Shostakovich First Cello Concerto.

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Japanese composer Toshiaki Tsushima died in November 2013, aged seventy-seven

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Read Or Download: Richard Wagner's letters to his Dresden friendsApart from the PDF download – and the online version – the formating is not perfect. However, as an epub or kindle file it remains readable. But whatever format you chose it is recommended that you read these. Richard Wagner’s letters to his Dresden friends, Theodor Uhlig, Wilhelm Fischer, and Ferdinand Heine…

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Incisive Scottish and a Triumph for Goode

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Adès, Mozart, Mendelssohn: Richard Goode (piano), New York Philharmonic, David Zinman (conductor), Avery Fisher Hall, New York, 5.12.13 (DA) Adès: Three Studies from Couperin Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 18 in B Flat Major, K. 456 Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 56 ‘Scottish’ Do we need an advocate for Mendelssohn? Who, after all, […]

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Parsifal – review

– www.guardian.co.uk

Parsifal – reviewRoyal Opera House, LondonThe literal and the lofty collide in Royal Opera’s epic production of Wagner’s great swan songReligiosity, illness, sex: Wagner chose heady ingredients for Parsifal, his last opera, which took nearly four decades to reach fruition. This tale of the “pure fool” who can bring salvation to the sickly Grail brotherhood remains the composer’s most dramatically repellent – there are other contenders for that title – yet his most musically potent…

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Virginia Opera’s ‘Magic Flute’

– ionarts.blogspot.com

The libretto of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte is not about realism. Ways to make sense of it include playing up the Masonic elements that are part of the backdrop of the opera’s creation, relocating the story in a completely different era, exaggerating the fairy tale aspects, using marionettes to enhance the surreal nature of the events, making the story even more confusing, or dispensing with reality

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Manon Lescaut in Outdated Production

– www.seenandheard-international.com

  Puccini: Manon Lescaut, Seville Orchestra, Maestranza Chorus, Pedro Halffter (conductor), Teatro de la Maestranza, Seville, 5.12.2013 (JMI)   Cast: Manon Lescaut: Ainhoa Arteta Des Grieux: Walter Fraccaro Lescaut: Vittorio Vitelli Edmondo: Andrés Veramendi Geronte: Stefano Palatchi Musician: Alexandra Rivas Dance Master: Manuel de Diego Production: Teatro Regio, Turin Direction: Didier Flamand Sets: Thierry Flamand […]

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The second item in the Teatro Regio di Torino’s Japanese tour was Puccini’s Tosca, here shown in a low-budget but refreshingly unpretentious staging by Jean-Louis Grinda. While the sets to act I could have been a little less lazily designed, the remaining acts were quite efficient in their straightforwardness, except for Tosca’s costumes, which were all of them excessively plain and unbecoming…

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William Boyce’s erotic ‘Solomon’ (from the biblical ‘Song of Solomon’) was the centerpiece in a Philharmonia Baroque concert also featuring works by John Stanley and William Cross and repeating through Dec. 10.

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Lisa remembered at the Vienna State Opera

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

An exhibition on one of the most beautiful singers ever to grace the 0pera stage will open tomorrow in Vienna. Lisa Della Casa, who died last year, is being remembered at the scene of some of her greatest triumphs.

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