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An opera about Arsenal Football Club + MORE

The longest soap opera in British football is the saga of the once-successful Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, who clings to his job despite winning nothing much for years. Time now for a proper opera. Highbury Opera Theatre has commissioned artistic director Scott Stroman to compose an opera from N.... More »

The show must go on: How L.A. Opera is pushing ahead as illness strikes cast + MORE

The soprano Diana Damrau and the bass-baritone Nicolas Testé were scheduled to begin a six-performance run last Saturday of Los Angeles Opera's production of Jacques Offenbach's "The Tales of Hoffmann," conducted by Plácido Domingo. Then bronchitis entered the scene. It sidelined Testé, who was...... More »

Somewhere for the weekend: Branscombe Festival + MORE

Branscombe Manor Mill water wheelIan Rosenblatt's Branscombe Festival returns to the Devonshire village on 24 to 26 July 2015. Performing in the village's picturesque venues and even on the beach (let us hope the British weather does not intervene), the performers will include the Sacconi Quartet in.... More »

Berlin Philharmonic cancels concert ‘due to several illnesses’ + MORE

Tweet just in from the superorch: Leider kann das heutige Konzert der Blechbläser der Philharmoniker nicht stattfinden, wir bitten um Verständnis. The longform version (in English): ‘Unfortunately, today’s concert of the brass players of the Berlin Philharmonic cannot take place due t.... More »

LA Opera's 2016-2017 Season + MORE

September 17- October 16 2016: MacbethOctober 19-23 2016: Ted Hearne's The SourceOctober 29-31 2016: Nosferatu with score from Matthew AucoinNovember 5-27 2016: AkhnatenDecember 2-5 2016 Bernstein's Wonderful Town (semi-staged)January 28- February 19 2017: The Abduction from the SeraglioFebruary 18.... More »
Ring Cycle Player - Listen While You ReadWagner Composing The Ring of the Nibelungen: L. BalestrieriWe have tried various methods of bringing a permanent Wagner music player to the site over the years – I think the first was back in 2011. However, there have been problems with most of them, meaning that often either the player did not display in certain browsers, it refused to play or simply slowed things down for too many readers, However, we are hoping the newest addition will be compatible with as many users operating systems and web browsers as possible…

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The Girl of the Golden West; Flood of Beauty  reviewAn exciting debut in the pit and another on stage set the seal on ENOs terrific new Girl of the Golden WestIf Puccini was good at endings, he was even better at beginnings. Tosca crashes to life with fortissimo chords of fate. Bohème leaps in mid-stream, rugged, boisterous, beady. Butterflys quicksilver chatter takes us straight to the heart of a sinister, unfamiliar orient…

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Xerxes – a Handel breakthrough

– briandickie.typepad.com

When Nicholas Hytner's production of Xerxes was unveiled at the Coliseum in 1985 it was clear that Handel at last, on his 300th birthday, had taken his rightful place as central to our repertoire – Hytner had found a way to communicate in 20th century theatrical language, with a not small contribution from Charles Mackerras in the pit, the humanity of this operatic genius and the universal appeal of his operas…

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Lucerne Symphony Orchestra/Gaffigan(Harmonia Mundi)Dvoráks Sixth Symphony (1880), with its cross-rhythm Furiant Scherzo and soaring melodies, was written for Vienna but is as richly and distinctively Slavonic as anything the composer wrote. It has a tender inner spirit and benign fervour deliciously explored here in a warm, subtle performance delivered with pin-sharp exactitude…

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ENO Girl of the Golden West Puccini

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

ENO Girl of the Golden West PucciniAt the ENO, Puccini’s La fanciulla del West becomes The Girl of the Golden West. Hearing this opera in English instead of Italian has its advantages, While we can still hear the exotic, Italianate Madama Butterfly fantasies in the orchestra, in English, we’re closer to the original pot-boiler melodrama…

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Addressing the lacunae

– parterre.com

Addressing the lacunaeNow’s the time to fill those gaps in your collection, cher public: our friends at Opera Depot are offering a 60% discount on all German opera recordings, including of course Wagner. (Speaking of which, the site currently offers a free download of a complete Ring cycle from Bayreuth in 1968…)
Don’t delay, though: these prices are only in effect through midnight on Monday!

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Sa virtu m’atire

– parterre.com

Sa virtu m’atireOn this day in 1568, the Earl of Moray produced the Casket letters of Mary, Queen of Scots at a conference in York, headed by Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk.

Born on this day in 1924 baritone Matteo Manuguerra

Happy 79th birthday soprano Arlene Saunders


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Listen Now & On-Demand: SFO - The DutchmanThe WFMT Radio Network continues their 2014 American Opera Series with San Francisco Opera – eight operas from their past season and two operas from the San Francisco Opera archives. This week they present The Flying Dutchman..You will have to create a free account to listen to the whole performance – on-demand until the 12 September…

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The singers are show-stopping, but this low-budget production of Rossini’s Old Testament tale lets them down, says Rupert Christiansen

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One of the surprising performances at the Crossroads Festival (part of the Colours of Ostrava Festival) in Czech Republic, was from the ensemble called the Clarinet Factory. Made up of heavily classically credentialed players, they made music that was seductive to the ear.
Read more: Clarinet Factory, Classical Music, Ambient Music, Crossroads Festival, Colours of Ostrava Festival, Czech Music, Live Music, Arts News

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Deep opera at the Frontline

– davidnice.blogspot.com

Deep opera at the Frontline25 years of loyal service and, until recently, happy collegiality at the City Literary Institute are now to be followed by something partly different, partly the same. When relations with my line manager from Visual Arts (go figure, it’s a long and unedifying story) went sour, and in the bigger picture the institution betrayed its socialistic ideals by axing or severely cutting back on core courses for the deaf and unemployed, I decided enough was enough (chapter and verse in the now-open letter at the foot of the post)…

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NSO’s Foray into Religious Music

– ionarts.blogspot.com

Bach, Selected Organ Works, P. Jacob (JAV, 2004)
Johann Sebastian Bach, in Nicolas Slonimsky’s memorable turn of phrase, is "the supreme arbiter and lawgiver of music." This week’s program from the National Symphony Orchestra, heard at the second performance on Thursday night, a special schedule arranged out of respect for Yom Kippur on Friday, had Bach at its heart…

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One of the highlights of last night’s Carmen in St Leonard’s Shoreditch turned out to be, well, the turn out. On a busy Indian summer’s Friday night, the church is anonymous on this trendy strip, like an uncle at a disco. Despite this Barefoot Opera’s production of Bizet’s opera had drawn what felt like a full house; the noisy reception at the close was given with the audience getting spontaneously to their feet…

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