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“Tosca” at the Séance + MORE

New York City Opera has officially launched its “renaissance” at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater last night with a production of Puccini’s Tosca that should please a lot of older, conservative audiences, if not the adventurous operagoers that City Opera courted in the past.  The show heralds .... More »
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Watch Now: Parsifal. Adam Fischer At Wiener Staatsoper + MORE

Made available now, and for the net six months, by The Opera PlatformDetails:Richard Wagner: PARSIFAL"A Festival Play for the Consecration of the Stage" (“Ein Bühnenweihfestspiel”) in three actsPerformed at the Wiener StaatsoperThe Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is under the baton of Adam Fische.... More »
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Tales of Stefan + MORE

This summer’s hottest opera event was Stefan Herheim‘s production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Bregenz Festival. The video after the jump has everything: transgender muses, planted hecklers, Offenbach, serendipitous allusions to Caitlyn Jenner, reassigned music and the origin of.... More »
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Review: Stately Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, a Brave Danish String Quartet + MORE

Edward Gardner conducted the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall; the Danish String Quartet played the Kaplan Penthouse later the same night..... More »

On Albany Records Troy 1478, George Walker’s Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano is paired with his historic 1967 performance of the Beethoven ‘Emperor Concerto’ + MORE

George Walker (b. 1922) has a website at http://georgetwalker.com/and is featured at AfriClassical.comwww.gregorywalkerviolin.com"The cover photo, provided by the international award-winning playwright, actor and producer, Ian Walker, co-founder of Second Wind Productions in San Francisco,.... More »

Passionate about Wagner

– irontongue.blogspot.com

The lovers in question are Charles Ephrussi and Louise Cahen d’Anvers, both members of wealthy, 19th c. Jewish banking families.It is certain that the lovers shared a real interest in music, art and poetry — and in musicians, artists and poets. Louise’s brother-in-law, Albert, was a composer, and Charles and Louise went with him to the Opéra in Paris, and to the more radical premieres in Brussels to hear Massenet…

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s Magnificent Verdi Requiem

– www.seenandheard-international.com

Verdi: Messa da Requiem, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Orfeón Donostiarra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor), Kursaal Centre, San Sebastiàn, Spain, 26.8.2014 (JMI) Cast: Soprano: Camilla Nylund Mezzo soprano: Karen Cargill Tenor: Saimir Pirgu Bass: Mikhail Petrenko The closing days of the 75th Donostia-San Sebastiàn Musical Festival feature the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and its director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, whose presence […]

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A new production with libretto and music by Tim Benjamin, Madame X premiered in London on Tuesday, August 25 at the Arcola Theatre, an intimate industrial space that almost lent itself to this small chamber opera. The premiere was well-attended, with a sizable audience packed into a house where the front row is about 11 […

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Toronto Symphony Orchestra wraps up ‘rewarding,’ five-nation European tour after high costs nearly derail journey

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Dead August!

– briandickie.typepad.com

As August comes to an end the blog should be back to its regular more or less daily pattern next week.  The new season begins and the September operatic prospects are good.  There will be a new production of Otello at the English National Opera that we are all looking forward to – as well as a revival of Nicholas Hytner's ground breaking production of Xerxes…

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Andriessen Overload 3: Cristina Zavalloni & AutobiographyAndrea Rebaudengo & Cristina ZavalloniStrathmore Mansion (North Bethesda, MD)April 8, 2014Louis Andriessen: Letter from Cathy (2003), Base (1994)John Cage: Selections from Six Melodies (1950)Igor Stravinsky: The Owl and the Pussy-Cat (1966), Trois petites chansons (Souvenir de mon enfance) (1913)Andriessen: XENIA (2005/2014)Cristina Zavalloni: Bastava quel cielo (2005)Andriessen: Beatles Songs (1966), Le voile du bonheur (1966/1971), Passeggiata in tram in America e ritorno (1998), Y después (1983)Cristina Zavalloni (voice)Monica Germino (violin)Andrea Rebaudengo (piano)The retrospective, that staple of the visual arts world, ought to be more popular in new music circles…

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Red herrings – why the BBC drops new music

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Red herrings - why the BBC drops new musicAn article popped up in the Guardian just before 6 pm today, titled “Why does the BBC assume its audience won’t like new music?” It deals with the fact that Harrison Birtwistle’s Sonance Severance has been dropped from the BBC TV 4 broadcast of Prom 33. Hang on! Before jumping on the sackcloth and ashes bandwagon, try a bit of common sense…

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A critical guide to classical music performances, festivals and HD screenings in New York City and the area.

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Interview with Elīna Garanča: I will sing AmnerisElīna Garanča has sung in Verdi’s Requiem at La Scala and in recital, but never performed in an opera. There was a planned Don Giovanni which she pulled out of when she became pregnant, and an opera was set up with Riccardo Muti which was then cancelled. This season she arrives for the Milan Expo season with three different engagaments: the Requiem with Riccardo Chailly, Mario Martone’s production of Cavalleria rusticana, and Emma Dante’s much disputed Carmen…

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MarquisClassics.com: Stewart Goodyear says: "Beethoven's Diabelli Variations are both brilliant and profound, bridging the gap of popular versus artistic..."Beethoven: Diabelli VariationsMarquis Classics CD MAR455 (2014)Stewart Goodyear, piano http://stewartgoodyear.com/ Marquis ClassicsStewart Goodyear gained rave reviews with the release of his Beethoven: Complete Piano Notes: Sonatas (MAR 513), as well as releases of Beethoven: The Middle Sonatas (MAR 511) and The Late Sonatas (MAR 507)…

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Peter Maxwell Davies birthday concert

– www.planethugill.com

Peter Maxwell Davies birthday concertScottish Chamber Orchestra – photo Marco BorggreveThe late night Prom on Monday 8 September 2014, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra will be giving a concert to celebrate the birthday of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. In fact, 8 September is his actual birthday. Conducted by Ben Gernon, the orchestra will be joined by clarinettist Dimitri Ashkenazy and bagpiper Robert Jordan for an all Maxwell Davies programme…

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Andriessen Overload 1: "La Commedia"

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Andriessen Overload 1: "La Commedia"Gerrit van Honthorst, Het concert (1623)National Gallery of ArtApril 6, 2014Louis Andriessen: La Commedia (2004-08)Cristina Zavalloni (voice)Lindsay Kesselman (soprano)Andrew Sauvageau (voice)Jacob Perry, Jr. (tenor)Children’s Chorus of Washington (chorus master: Joan Gregoryk)Third Practice (chorus master: Brian Bartoldus)Great Noise EnsembleArmando Bayolo (conductor)Performance spaces don’t get much more “official” than the National Gallery’s palatial West Garden Court…

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 Mostly Mozart Festival 7: Boyce, Mozart, Beethoven, Joshua Bell (violin), Lawrence Power (viola), Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, David Zinman (conductor), Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, 19.8.2014 (SSM)   Boyce: Symphony No. 1 in B-flat major (1760) Mozart Sinfonia concertante in E-flat major for violin and viola, K…

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