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Iphigénie en Tauride review – fierce passion, pity and terror + MORE

Hackney Empire, LondonEnglish Touring Opera’s production of Gluck’s tragedy is terrific, with Catherine Carby’s Iphigénie a standoutJames Conway’s English Touring Opera production of Iphigénie en Tauride opens with a group of women in butchers’ aprons hacking a man to pieces as his blood.... More »
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War, peace and love + MORE

Love is the only way to describe what so many of us feel about the complicated creatures of Tolstoy's War and Peace, and how we respond, too, to Prokofiev's gift for homing in on scenes and lines to bring them fully to life in operatic terms. Tough love is how I might define Graham Vick's second int.... More »
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Michael Mizrahi’s Currents on New Amsterdam Records + MORE

From the 17th to the early-19th century, one might liberally classify a composer and his or her work as “German” or “French”.. Visit I CARE IF YOU LISTEN's Blog to read more!.... More »
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Facing the music: Viktoria Mullova + MORE

Stevie Wonder, Paavo Järvi’s Schumann, Pärt and Kleiber - violinist Viktoria Mullova shares her musical inspirations How do you mostly listen to music?Mostly when I’m travelling, on my iPhone with noise-cancelling headphones. I have a large music library with many contrasting genres, so someti.... More »
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Notte d’orror! + MORE

On this day in 1809, it became illegal to wear masks at balls held within the City of Boston, as its citizens believed this practice was “detrimental to morals.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAnisRJdbGs Born on this day in 1910 composer Paul Bowles http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dWSiQK.... More »

Armstrong Gibbs

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Armstrong GibbsIf you have performed any English music then the name Armstrong Gibbs is probably one which you may know but cannot quite place. The Armstrong Gibbs Festival which starts on 19 September 2014 is your chance to get to know his music better.Armstrong Gibbs (1889 – 1960) was an English composer who is perhaps best known nowadays for his songs though he wrote significantly for choirs as well, devoting much of his time to the amateur choral movements…

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Prom 70: Happy birthday Max

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Prom 70: Happy birthday MaxSir Peter Maxwell Davies Peter Maxwell Davies 80th birthday concert; Scottish Chamber Orchestra; Ben Gernon; BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall Reviewed by Hilary Gloveron Sep 8 2014 Star rating: 5.0Birthday celebrations for Peter Maxwell DaviesLast night at the Proms(Monday 8 September) the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (conducted by Ben Gernon) played tribute to their former conductor and composer in residence Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (1934-) and helped celebrate his 80th birthday in style at the Royal Albert Hall…

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The chamber band Alarm Will Sound helped celebrate Nonesuch Records’ 50th anniversary, part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival.

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If this is the St Matthew Passion, ditch the mime and let the music speak | Christina PattersonHow will turning this work of genius into new age retreat with a touch of Fifty Shades of Grey make kids go to the Albert Hall?It was the wooden blocks that got me worried. The orchestra had come on stage, looking like orchestras do. The conductor had joined them, in one of those Nehru jackets you only see at places like Wigmore Hall…

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Brava, Jessye! Met Opera Guild’s 80th Luncheon salutes Jessye NormanOn Friday, November 21, the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s 80th Annual Luncheon presents Brava, Jessye! to salute the legendary Jessye Norman, who recently wrote about her life in a memoir titled Stand Up Straight and Sing!A perennial highlight of the opera season, the Luncheon will bring together a host of artists and other luminaries to honour the sumptuous-voiced soprano and her long and celebrated career, including The Honorable Mario Cuomo, Julie Taymor, Maestro Kurt Masur, Arthur Mitchell and Deborah Voigt, in addition to opera fans and an array of New York’s society, business, and civic leaders…

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Let There Be Transparency: 14 Seasons Of ASO/WAC 990s

During the Minnesota Orchestra lockout, one of Adaptistration’s most popular articles related to that topic was when I made more than a decade of the organization’s IRS returns available for download in one handy pdf file.
Typically, that info is secured under digital lock and key in my consulting resource vault but I’m already witnessing a good bit of not-so-healthy arm chair analysis based on incomplete or limited data so it is time again to dig deep and offer up the goods…

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Sixty-third Wexford Festival Opera, 22 October until 2 November 2014

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Mold Acquaintance

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Mold AcquaintanceOn this day in 1923 Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin.

Born on this day in 1863 composer Horatio Parker

Born on this day in 1876 conductor Bruno Walter

Born on this day in 1890 composer Frank Martin

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ENO Otello – all the markings of a great classic

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ENO Otello - all the markings of a great classicVerdi Otello at the English National Opera. Definitely worth seeing, especially when things have settled after the premiere. The set is so stylish that it would have been an overwhelming experience at the Royal Opera House with a top notch international cast and conductor and sung in Italian. Fundamentally, opera  costs money…

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An Integral Part

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Lindsey Wallis looks forward to the Canadian Music Centre’s tribute concert to composer Roberta Stephen

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Compare & Contrast 27: ENO Otello

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Reviews are coming in for the ENO Otello, and about all that is clear so far is that the direction left something to be desired. Apply your knowledge of the various reviewers to calibrate what they are saying, and bear in mind that this was a role debut for Stuart Skelton in one of the most difficult tenor roles…

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John Malveaux: Los Angeles Times: 'The Magic Flute,' South Africa style, heads for the Broad StageLos Angeles Times: The South African company’s production of “The Magic Flute” will be at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. (Keith Pattison / The Broad Stage)John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:In recent years, South Africa has become a leading exporter of first class opera artists and touring productions…

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Magda Olivero obituary

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Magda Olivero obituaryItalian prima donna with one of the longest careers in the history of operaThe Italian prima donna Magda Olivero, who has died aged 104, had one of the most remarkable careers of the 20th century, above all as a leading exponent of the often-derided art of the verismo soprano. The post-Romantic realism of the verismo movemement in Italian opera, notably in works by Giacomo Puccini, Francesco Cilea, Franco Alfano, Umberto Giordano and Pietro Mascagni, provided an ideal vehicle for her compelling presence, and brought her a great following…

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