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Briefly Noted: Haydn 2032 + MORE

Haydn, Symphonies, Vol. 2 (nos. 22, 46, 47), Il Giardino Armonico, G. Antonini (released on June 30, 2015) ALPHA671 | 75'18" Vol. 1 (1, 39, 49) (2014) ALPHA670 | 70'52" Any good recording of Joseph Haydn's symphonies is welcome at Ionarts, where the Austrian composer's music is a matter .... More »
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Andsnes; Berliner Philharmonike/Orozco-Estrada: Strauss, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich + MORE

Strauss R., Macbeth, Op.23Rachmaninov, Piano Concerto no. 4 in G minor, Op.40Shostakovich, Symphony no. 5 in D minor, Op.47Philharmonie, 18 May 2017This concert, as the programme told us, featured composers who all were hits, one way or another, with their public – and, I suppose, other subsequent.... More »
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Miscellany + MORE

On March 18, the Chicago Symphony will host a Celebration of Andrew Patner.... The twentieth Other Minds festival unfolds in San Francisco this weekend: featured are Don Byron, Frode Haltli, Tigran Mansurian, Miya Masaoka, Michael Nyman, Pauline Oliveros, David Tanenbaum, Maja S.K. Ratkje, Errollyn.... More »
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Ring of Achievement? + MORE

Amalie Materna, the first Bayreuth Brünnhilde, with Cocotte, the horse donated by King Ludwig to play her horse GraneThe first complete performance of Wagner's Ring Cycle took place in Bayreuth, in a theatre built specifically for the purpose, under festival conditions. And the cost was so great th.... More »
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rough for opera #10 + MORE

The 10th edition of Second Movement's rough for opera returns to the Cockpit Theatre, Gateforth Street, London, NW8 8EH on Monday 17 November 2014 with new opera from Timothy Cape and Sam Wilson, Jenni Watson and Caroline Wilkins. Second Movement's scratch night for opera provides a wonderful opport.... More »
La Scala complete Symphonic and Recital programme: 2014 — 2015 Symphonic Programme29, 30 September, 1 October 2014 Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala Conductor: Zubin MehtaFranz Joseph Haydn Die Schöpfung Hob. XXI:2 OratorioJulia Kleiter, soprano Peter Sonn, tenor Thomas E. Bauer, bass — baritone Chorus Master: Bruno Casoni 12, 14, 15 November 2014 Filarmonica della Scala Conductor and soloist: Daniel BarenboimWolfgang Amadeus Mozart Concerto n…

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Young artists in Il Barbiere di SivigliaNicholas Lester  – photo Robert Workman Rossini Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Christine Collins Youngs Artists performance at Opera Holland Park Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jun 16 2014 Star rating: 4.0Sparkling performance of Oliver Platt’s inventive new productionThis year there two performances by the Christine Collins Young Artists at Opera Holland Park…

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On Site Opera performed Rameau’s “Pygmalion” at Madame Tussauds, enrolling the likenesses of Julia Roberts and Kim Kardashian in the tale of the sculptor who falls in love with his creation.

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The first presentation of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut for 30 years is soulless, says Rupert Christiansen

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Death of Klinghoffer opera chiefs cancel cinema broadcasts across worldMet Opera and ENO simulcast pulled amid fears opera about 1985 Achille Lauro cruise ship murder will ‘foment antisemitism’The Death of Klinghoffer an opera based on the 1985 hijacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro by members of the Palestine Liberation Front has been attracting controversy for 23 years…

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Is Death of Klinghoffer anti-semitic? And is it great art?Unlike the US Jewish lobbyists who brought pressure on the Met to cancel the show, I have seen two full productions. I have also read the libretto and discussed the work with its composer, John Adams.
Over time, I have reached what I think is a reasoned view on both of the questions above. Click here to read my conclusions…

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It came as no surprise that the cancellation of the scheduled simulcast of John Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer, slated for production at the Metropolitan Opera this fall, has inspired some very active comment section action. But have you heard the work yet? Let’s listen and chat.

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Nuns and chisellers

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Nuns and chisellersThe French word ‘ciseleur’ is preferable, and, embracing as it does ‘engraver’, gives a better sense of the guild to which that master goldsmith and fantasist Benvenuto Cellini belonged. But the point here is to contrast the feminine strength of Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites with the testosterone-driven wonders of Berlioz’s liveliest opera – indeed, possibly the liveliest opera in the repertoire – which I had the good fortune to see on consecutive nights last week (Royal Opera images by Stephen Cummiskey; ENO photos by Richard Hubert Smith)…

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Provocative but Werktreue, Manon Lescaut Royal Opera House

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Provocative but Werktreue, Manon Lescaut Royal Opera HouseManon Lescaut at the Royal Opera House, London, brings out the humanity which lies beneath Puccini’s music. The composer was drawn to what we’d now called “outsiders. In Manon Lescaut, Puccini describes his anti-heroine with unsentimental honesty. His lush harmonies describe the way she abandons herself to luxury, but he doesn’t lose sight of the moral toughness at the heart of Abbé Prévost’s story, Manon is sensual but, like her brother, fatally obssessed with material things…

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La Scala complete Ballet casts and dates: 2014 — 201517 December (Preview for young people) 18, 19 (2 perfs), 28, 30, 31 December 2014 4, 10, 16, 18 January 2015Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker Choreography: Nacho Duato Conductor: Vladimir Fedoseyev Sets and Costumes: Jérôme KaplanÉtoile: Roberto Bolle Guest Artist: Maria Eichwald Corpo di Ballo e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala Coro di Voci Bianche e Allievi della Scuola di Ballo dell’Accademia Teatro alla ScalaNew production Teatro alla Scala 5, 6, 7 (2 perfs), 8, 10, 19 (2 perfs) March 2015Johann Sebastian Bach Cello Suites In den Winden im Nichts Suite per violoncello solo Nr…

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Carlos Kalmar leads orchestra, cast and chorus in Berlioz’ classic as the Grant Park Music Festival moves indoors for two nights.

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John Adams said he feared that without international exposure via the Met’s cinema program, “The Death of Klinghoffer” might be greeted by a “Wikipedia opinion.”

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Met Cancels Klinghoffer HD Broadcast

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From the Met:New York, NY (June 17, 2014) – After an outpouring of concern that its plans to transmit John Adams’s opera The Death of Klinghoffer might be used to fan global anti-Semitism, the Metropolitan Opera announced the decision today to cancel its Live in HD transmission, scheduled for November 15, 2014…

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