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British politicians 'scared to show their faces' at opera + MORE

British politicians are scared to show their faces at the opening night of opera, the Royal Opera House's music director argues.... More »
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‘The Play’s the Thing’: Shakespeare and Mendelssohn Combine to Excellent Effect + MORE

 Garsington Opera 2015 – William Shakespeare, A Midsummers Night’s Dream with incidental music by Felix Mendelssohn: Members of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Anna Sideris (soprano), Catherine Backhouse (mezzo-soprano), Chorus and Orchestra of Garsington Opera/Douglas Boyd (conductor), Quee.... More »
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Jonas Kaufmann cancels again + MORE

The tenor has called off the rest of his Walkure performances at Baden-Baden on medical advice. Stuart Skelton subbed the first concert. Andreas Schager takes over tomorrow, Sunday, on Kaufmann’s birthday – his 47th. .... More »
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Burni on Gurney: He was mad before the War + MORE

Interesting piece by Iain Burnside on the poet and composer Ivor Gurney, who is supposed to have lost his sanity on the Somme. Apparently, his medical records show signs of insanity that predated the War. Read Iain here.     .... More »
symphony news

Is a label boss the right person to run an opera house? + MORE

Bogdan Roscic, who was announced this morning as the next director of the Vienna State Opera, is the second successive head of the Sony Classical label to run an international house. His predecessor, Peter Gelb, has been general manager of the Metropolitan Opera since 2006. Neither Gelb nor Roscic h.... More »
John Malveaux: MusicUNTOLD will present a record number of concerts and events in 2014, with 80th Anniversary Celebration for Mezzo Soprano Marilyn HorneMarilyn Horne (LA Opera)John Malveauxofwww.MusicUNTOLD.comwrites:MusicUNTOLD will present a record number of concerts and events in 2014. Scheduled events and concerts include 80th Anniversary Celebration for legendary Mezzo Soprano Marilyn Horne with tentative date of 2:00 PM, June 14, 2014, Long Beach Public Library-Main Library Auditorium (Marilyn Horne and John Malveaux both attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School) and 150th Anniversary concert celebration of the 13th Amendment-ending slavery in the United States, 2:00 PM, November 23, 2014, Carpenter Performing Arts Center located on campus of California State University-Long Beach…

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Mutter and the Band

– ionarts.blogspot.com

Dvořák, Violin Concerto (inter alia), A.-S. Mutter, Berlin Philharmonic, M. Honeck (DG, 2013)

S. Currier, Time Machines, A.-S. Mutter, New York Philharmonic, M. Francis (DG, 2011)
Last week was to have featured the National Symphony Orchestra’s debut performances of Bohuslav Martinů’s first symphony, a Serge Koussevitsky commission from 1942…

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Butterfly effect in the wings

– www.theaustralian.com.au

HYESEOUNG Kwon and Hiromi Omura will alternate in the role of Cio Cio San in Opera on the Harbour’s production of Madama Butterfly.

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ENO Rigoletto

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

ENO Rigoletto – I would have gone for Quinn Kelsey alone ! .Claire Seymour reviews the new ENO Rigoletto at the Coliseum HERE in Opera Today.”Overall, a major problem was that despite the tense and visceral musical fabric drawn from the orchestra by conductor Graeme Jenkins, the dramatic momentum was weak…

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Domingo does Spanish double

– intermezzo.typepad.com

One adjective you can never apply to Plácido Domingo is lazy.
In 2015 he's taking on a double bill at the Teatro Real in Madrid, conducting one opera and singing another. On the same night. Plácido Domingo is 73 (give or take), let's not forget.
Luckily for Domingo Goyescas, the only opera by Enrique Granados, is unfamiliar enough for the baritenor's conducting skills to escape comparison with the likes of Carlos Kleiber…

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The Scottish-born composer’s instinct for music’s theatrical qualities was highlighted here, as was her ability to convey a picture in sound

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Ah, je les écoute sans cesseFor your racionative pleasure, cher public, here’s an epistolary quiz in honor of the Met’s new production of Werther: 13 artists share Charlotte’s “Ces lettres! Ces lettres!” scena from Massenet’s opera.
For this lyrical quiz prepared by Our Own DeCaffarrelli, your task is to identify as many Charlottes as possible, in the correct order, in the comments section…

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Tippett's King Priam from English Touring OperaNicholas Sharratt, Grant Doyle, Roderick Earle© Richard Hubert Smith, www.richardhs.com Tippett King Priam: English Touring Opera: Linbury Studio Theatre Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Feb 13 2014 Star rating: 3.5Welcome new production of Tippett’s underrated operaMichael Tippett’s opera King Priam was premiered as part of the same arts festival in Coventry for which Britten’s War Requiem was written and in fact the two works have something in common, dealing with the issues of war and its consequences…

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Music Review: St. Petersburg Philharmonic Plays Carnegie HallThe St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, which Yuri Temirkanov has led since 1988, played at Carnegie Hall last week.    

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Round & Ringing

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Round & RingingHere’s a new pilish piece for percussion ensemble.  While intended for an out-of-doors concert, it may also be useful for teaching situations (math, music, environmental studies…)

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School Spotlight, MMEA edition: Orchestra

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This special, week-long edition of School Spotlight highlights the 2013-2014 Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA) All-State ensembles. In today's spotlight, the Orchestra conducted by Gary Lewis.

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The UK premiere of the composer-conductor’s Violin Concerto suggested a shortage of musical ideas

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Sergio Mims: Carnegie Hall Schedule for 2014-2015 Features Sopranos Pretty Yende and Nicole Cabell, and Tenor Lawrence BrownleePretty YendeNicole Cabell (Devon Cass)Lawrence Brownlee (LA Opera)Sergio A. Mims forwards an excerpt from the Carnegie Hall Schedule for 2014-2015: Ms. DiDonato completes her Perspectives series in March in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage with The Philadelphia Orchestra and conductor Maurizio Benini, singing both beloved and rare bel canto arias and ensembles with close colleagues soprano Nicole Cabell and tenor Lawrence Brownlee…

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