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Lithe and vibrant: a Hollywood Tales of Hoffmann revealing its good bones + MORE

Ilona Domnich as Stella - Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann, English Touring Opera, © Richard Hubert Smith Offenbach The Tales of Hoffmann; Sam Furness, Ilona Domnich, Warwick Fyfe, Louise Mott, dir: James Bonas, cond: Philip Sunderland Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Oct 1.... More »

Daily Download: Peter Tchaikovsky - Six Romances: No. 6 Again, as Before, Alone, Solitude + MORE

Get a free MP3 of Peter Tchaikovsky - Six Romances: No. 6 Again, as Before, Alone, Solitude, performed by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra..... More »

Teatro Argentino’s Fun Così fan tutte + MORE

Mozart, Così fan tutte: Soloists, Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Argentino / Rubén Dubrovsky (conductor). Teatro Argentino, La Plata. 2.9.2016. (JSJ) Cast: Fiordiligi: Carla Filipcic Holm Dorabella: Mariana Rewerski Ferrando: Gustavo De Gennaro Guglielmo: Michel de Souza Don Alfonso: Héctor Guede.... More »
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Met’s loss is our Margaine + MORE

“Clémentine Margaine will make her Met debut in the title role of Bizet’s Carmen this Thursday, January 19, and will sing the role in all performances of the opera at the Met this season. The French mezzo-soprano, who was to make her company debut in the role later this season, replaces the.... More »
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BSO Takes Up Magnificent Rouse Oboe Concerto + MORE

C. Rouse, Oboe Concerto, L. Wang, New York Philharmonic, A. Gilbert (NYP, 2014) Charles T. Downey, BSO debut of ‘Oboe Concerto’ bursts with trills and colors (Washington Post, January 16) Next month, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra marks the 100th anniversary of its first public concert. This s.... More »
It’s unclear who nominated legendary soprano Maria Callas (1923-1977) to posthumously participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge, but she has now done so, courtesy of Warner Classics.

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The Sopranos has been celebrated for its ambiguous series finale, which left the fate of mob boss Tony Soprano unknown.

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David Dubery: Observations- Seventeen Songs and a String QuartetA brief thumbnail sketch of the composer may be of interest to listeners who have not come across his music before. David Dubery was born in Durban in South Africa. In 1961 he came to live in the United Kingdom in his mother’s hometown of Manchester. From a very young age Dubery composed music but studied formally at the Northern School of Music in Manchester between 1963 and 1971…

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Living Symphonies: when an ecosystem becomes an orchestraHannah Ellis-Petersen visits an inspired and intricate forest-sound installation that takes its cues from, and responds to, the timbre of natureIt begins just as a gentle hum, fragments of musical notes barely decipherable from the sounds of the forest. But walking into the depths of Bedgebury Pinetum in Kent, to a small circle in the depths of the trees, the natural symphony of the forest is gradually replaced by music of a very different kind…

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Charlotte Salomon • Marc-André Dalbavie
Dare Such Beauty!
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I had thought, while sitting in Marc-André Dalbavie’s new opera, Charlotte Salomon, that I had found the perfect description for the work…

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Singers from the Minnesota Opera will perform on the stage of the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair on Thursday, Aug. 28. Here's some background on the organization and the people who will be performing.

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Why does the BBC assume its audience won't like new music?The BBCs omission of a three-minute Birtwistle piece from a televised prom broadcast points to a lack of belief in new music and in audiences, says Susanna EastburnTonight, BBC Four will televise one of the best-loved events of the BBC Proms season, the National Youth Orchestras Prom, which was performed on 10 August 2014 to a packed and joyful audience at the Royal Albert Hall…

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PROM 48: The Unique Sound of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra

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 Prom 48   –   Tomasson,  Schumann, Leifs, Beethoven: Jonathan Biss (piano), Iceland Symphony Orchestra / Ilan Volkov (conductor), Royal Albert Hall, London, 22.8.2014. (GD) Haukar Tomasson   Magma Schumann  Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.55 Leifs  Geysir, Op 51 Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op…

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Edinburgh International Festival : Commonwealth Strings

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Edinburgh International Festival : Commonwealth StringsFrom Juliet Williams in EdinburghEdinburgh Festival Chamber series looks forward and backElgar: Introduction and Allegro for Strings Op.47 Peter Sculthorpe: Sonata for Strings No.3 Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis Gareth Farr: Relict Furies for mezzo-soprano and double string orchestra Tippett: Concerto for Double String Orchestra Scottish Ensemble Commonwealth Strings Sarah Connolly, mezzo-sopranoThe morning concert series in Edinburgh’s Queens Hall usually features distinguished chamber musicians in small groups…

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Whoa: nine days before opening night, Daveda Karanas withdraws from singing Adalgisa in the Norma production, “for personal reasons.” Jamie Barton steps in for the September 5, 10, 14, 27 and 30 performances. The press release says that a further announcement will be made for the September 19 and 23 performances…

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Eastern and western music met – and mingled – in the Seoul Philharmonic’s Proms debut, with an animated performance from sheng soloist Wu Wei

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Dvorak in Love

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Dvorak in LoveTony Palmer’s film Dvorak in Love was made for Czech Television in the 1980’s. It was intended simply to be an account of the recording of Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in the Prague with Julian Lloyd-Webber, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Vaclav Neumann. By interweaving the documentary footage with readings from Dvorak’s letters the result, given Dvorak’s generally presumed lack of involvement in politics, proved surprisingly political and the resulting film was not shown on Czech TV…

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The Los Angeles premiere of 2007 Pulitzer finalist “Bulrusher,” presented by Skylight Theatre Company and Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble, is a sometimes undisciplined outpouring that can frustrate and fascinate in equal measure. Nevertheless, director Nataki Garrett’s precisely…

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