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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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EIF 2015 – HMS Pinafore, or, Showing London How It's Done (Again) + MORE

This concert performance of HMS Pinafore continues two trends of the 2015 Festival. First, like the semi-staged Budapest Figaro it contained more drama than many fully staged operas seen in London this season (the contrast with ENO's dull fully staged Pirates was especially telling). Second, it.... More »
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Exclusive: La Scala lifts its ban on newspaper critic + MORE

The denial of access by Opera Australia to two prominent critics has sparked discussion the world over on the nature of the relationship between a state-funded opera house and a vigorous free media. Valerio Tura, former artistic director of La Monnaie, think there should be a cordon sanitaire betwee.... More »
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Valery Gergiev interview: 'Berlioz inspired me long before I ever dreamed I would conduct' + MORE Nov 10th

The Russian conductor Valery Gergiev's Berlioz season has been marked by protests. Ahead of the Barbican series – and the current controversy – he spoke about the passion he feels for the French composer's work'He's unpredictable; he has his way of playing the orchestra, hearing the orchestra .... More »
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The girl can’t help it + MORE

This afternoon at 2:20 PM EDT (20:20 CET), the Bayerische Staatsoper presents a live webcast of a sold-out performance of Giacomo Puccini’s Manon Lescaut starring Kristine Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann. The performance is streamed live and free of charge on STAATSOPER.TV as the season’s tenth and .... More »

On the Air This Week

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Highlights from Oct. 29 to Nov. 5 Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight: Minnesota Youth Symphony. Tuesday, 5:30 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Music with Minnesotans: Twin Cities luthier John Waddell. Tuesday, 7:15 pm: Teacher Spotlight: School Spotlight: Minnesota Youth Symphony. Thursday,…

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Alameda-born soprano’s sore throat doesn’t spoil her appearance here in the early Wagner classic

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Karita Mattila: Power from Start to Finnish…

– jessicamusic.blogspot.com

Meet my latest interviewee: the astonishing Karita Mattila. “The Finnish Venus” needs no introduction except for this: (A short version of this interview appeared in The Independent on 26 October. Karita Mattila sings Marie in Berg’s Wozzeck at the Royal Opera House, opening 31 October.) Karita Mattila is not eight feet tall, but such is the force of her presence and her voice that she almost seems it…

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From Jeffrey Nytch: The entrepreneurial symphony

– www.artsjournal.com/sandow

From Jeffrey Nytch: The entrepreneurial symphonyFrom Greg
I’ve been in email touch with Jeff Nytch for a few years. We have a mutual close friend, and of course a shared interest in teaching entrepreneurship at music schools. Last spring, Jeff invited me to speak at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where he runs the music school’s entrepreneurship program…

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Classical music's popular and attractive new market‘A sort of art revolution seems to have been going on [in the Gulf States] in the last ten years. In 2005 the Abu Dhabi government opened the Emirates Palace concert hall in a 7-star hotel, then four years ago the Qatar Philharmonic gave its first concert in Doha (under the baton of Lorin Maazel, no less)…

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The German baritone displayed the magical quality that sets him apart, unearthing an indescribable sadness in Schumann’s ‘Dichterliebe’

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Famous Pianist Gets A New Job At The UN

– www.huffingtonpost.com

UNITED NATIONS — UNITED NATIONS (AP) — China’s superstar pianist Lang Lang has been selected to be a United Nations Messenger of Peace — a role h…
Read more: Lang Lang Un, Classical Music, Lang Lang Piano, Art News, Lang Lang, Un Messenger of Peace, Pianist, Famous Piano Player, United Nations, Un, Piano, Arts News

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NEW! Taking Opera to the People

– www.seenandheard-international.com

Study Day exploring the history of the travelling opera companies in the 19th Century, The Royal Academy of Music, London, 26.10.2013.  (RJW)   This one day conference was devoted to a neglected area of theatre history and in particular with reference to the companies devoted to touring opera…

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TT: Almanac

– www.artsjournal.com/aboutlastnight

“It is exciting to be considered a promising young composer, and I will try to honour this honour by also…

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One of the more endearingly paradoxical indications of compositional success is that interest gets piqued in music that even the composer had largely forgotten about. Unpublished works, unfinished works, juvenilia—when even that becomes fair game, you know you’ve (posthumously, usually) made it. The latest recordings from Florestan Recital Project pay that tribute to Samuel Barber (1910-1981).

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Pivotal London conductor dies

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Pivotal London conductor diesWe’ve been informed of the death of Leslie Head, founder of the Kensington Symphony Orchestra, an amateur ensemble made up mostly of music industry professionals. Leslie and the KSO have been instrumental in boosting many careers. Our sympathies to family and friends.  

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Leila’s Salonen violin sells for £156,000

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Leila’s Salonen violin sells for £156,000The violin with which Leila Josefowicz premiered Esa-Pekka Salonen’s concerto sold today in London for close to $300,000. Full details below: Sale Results:Musical Instruments Auction by Ingles & Hayday at Sotheby’s: 29 October 2013 GRAND TOTAL: £2,080,000 LOTS OFFERED: 140 TOP TEN RESULTS LOT PRICE ESTIMATES BUYER No…

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The Parsifal you have to see

– intermezzo.typepad.com

Booking has just opened for Parsifal at the Teatro Comunale Bologna next January. Romeo Castellucci's strange and unsettling production was first shown at La Monnaie in 2011.  It's truly like no other opera production I've ever seen. Tickets are going fast, so don't hang around…

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