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Miscellany + MORE

The MATA Festival begins tonight in NYC. As in prior years, the lineup is vigorously international, with Ensemble NeoN of Norway and Ensemble Linea from Strasbourg undertaking the better part of the performance duties. Several of the composers are new to me; I'm exploring Michelle Agnes Magalh.... More »
opera

The Trial, Linbury Studio Theatre, London – review + MORE

Kafka, Glass, Hampton: this new chamber opera is a dream ticket.... More »
performance

Ne plus ultra + MORE

When LaCieca asked me to choose my favorite live recording, I had to think… and think. After so many years of loving to listen to them, I found it nearly impossible to choose. Since my “pirate years” my tastes have expanded and deepened so now I’d have to consider the many Kirsten Flagstad-.... More »
conductors

LatinoUSA.org – The Complexities of Tania León + MORE

Tania Justina León (b. 1943) has a web site at http://www.tanialeon.com/ and is featured at AfriClassical.com"I am of the mind that I am a composer.  I am not a Black composer.  I am not a woman composer.  I am not a Caribbean composer." [Tania León in  inte.... More »
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The Case Of The Stolen Stradivarius + MORE

Milwaukee Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond was carrying his rare Stradivarius violin out to the parking lot after a show when he was suddenly attacked. The violin, worth millions, was stolen..... More »

A Disappointing Pairing of Birtwistle and Brahms

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Birtwistle, Brahms: Paul Lewis (piano), London Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding (conductor), Barbican Hall, London, 20.5.2014 (CC) Birtwistle                    Earth Dances (1986) Brahms                       Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15 There were two huge works in this programme, both bold pieces of astonishing power…

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Is this the best Covent Garden can show to students?

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Is this the best Covent Garden can show to students?Covent Garden has announced, via a BBC education reporter, that its opening night next season will be reserved for students only, at prices ranging from £1 to £25.
Genuine outreach or eye-catching stunt?
Opinion is divided. Obviously, the more students you can get across an opera threshold, the more likely some of them are to return…

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New Music Theatre in London this May

– cheyneyk.blogspot.com

New Music Theatre in London this MayOne is able to see new music drama performances in London at almost any time. Usually the summer sees a spike in this sort of activity with the Grimeborn and Tete a Tete opera festivals. However, this May seems to have served up more than our fair share of diverse and probing musical theatrics. Or maybe I’ve just had the opportunity to go to plenty of them…

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Coliseum Fiordiligi – Kate ValentineDorabella – Christine RiceGuglielmo – Marcus FarnsworthFerrando – Randall BillsDespina – Mary BevanDon Alfonso – Roderick WilliamsPhelim McDermott (director)Tom Pye (set designs)Laura Hopkins (costumes)Paule Constable (lighting)Chorus of the English National Opera (chorus master: Genevieve Ellis)Orchestra of the English National OperaRyan Wigglesworth (conductor)I hoped I should never live to see a worse staging of Così fan tuttethan Jonathan Miller’s; indeed, I should not have thought it possible…

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A new way of walking about opera

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

A new way of walking about operaClick the links embedded in the image here, and you will be led into a graphic video wonderworld of grand opera, front and back stage.

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Ô après-midi d’amour

– parterre.com

Ô après-midi d’amourStarting in just half an hour, a live broadcast of Faust from De Nederlandse Opera starring Michael Fabiano and Irina Lungu. Naturally, La Casa della Cieca will be open!

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Debussy, Wine and B.Y.O.M. at a Fund-Raiser in DenverWhile the musicians stuck to the classics, a fund-raiser for the Colorado Symphony included a new marijuana theme.

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NJ.com: Composer George Walker is Nominee for New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of 2014 - Vote Online Until June 20George Walker (b. 1922) has a website at http://georgetwalker.com/and is featured at AfriClassical.comNew Jersey Hall of FameThe vote is in your hands. Join thousands of New Jerseyans in choosing the 2014 Inductees to the New Jersey Hall of Fame. The thirty-day voting period begins on midnight, May 15, 2014 through midnight, June 20, 2014…

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London English Song Festival 2014

– www.planethugill.com

London English Song Festival 2014Judith Weirphoto credit Chris ChristodoulouThe London English Song Festival was started in 2011 by Artistic Director William Vann to promote and celebrate the wide and varied repertoire of English Song.This year’s festival kicks off on the 5th June at St James Piccadilly with the Irish mezzo-soprano Ann Murray DBE, tenor Alessandro Fisher, winner if the Oxford Lieder Young Artist award, and the festival’s Artistic Director William Vann (piano) performing songs from the 17th to 21st century by Henry Purcell, Joseph Haydn, William Denis Browne, Michael Head, Samuel Barber, Benjamin Britten, Lennox Berkeley, and Donald Swann…

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Youngest opera singer ?

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

This was sent to me by an opera singer who started singing when he was this age. It’s going round the opera singer community, esp the ones with babies, who know it happens in their homes too. Enjoy the kid’s improvisation at the end.

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Old, male opera critics are not the arbiters of all that is beautiful | Deborah OrrCritics have berated mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught’s performance, not for her singing, but for her physique. I’m no expert, but surely opera is about more than a woman’s vital statisticsA bunch of middle-aged men have recently taken it upon themselves to berate a 27-year-old woman because she has not achieved their own high standards as to what female physical perfection should be…

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Peace and Celebration – EUBO

– www.planethugill.com

Peace and Celebration - EUBO Handel Coronation Anthems, Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne: Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, European Union Baroque Orchestra, Lars-Ulrik Mortensen: Obsidian Reviewed by Robert Hugillon May 24 2014 Star rating: 4.0Live recording of Handel’s music for the English Royal court from Lars-Ulrik Mortensen and his young performersIn 2013 the European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO) and their director Lars-Ulrik Mortensen gave a concert tour with the choir of Clare College, Cambridge…

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New York Times Critics Respond to Glyndebourne ‘Fat’ ReviewsAnthony Tommasini, the chief classical music critic of The New York Times, and Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, a classical music critic for The Times, respond to the attention the opera singer Tara Erraught has gotten for her size, not her voice.

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