Opera Review: Bartlett Sher’s ‘L’Elisir d’Amore’ Is Revived at the Met + MORE Jan 11th


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Fidelio, Royal Festival Hall, London + MORE

Vladimir Jurowski and the LPO shone in this semi-staging of Beethoven’s opera.... More »

Arrau’s Cuban protégé has died, aged 90 + MORE

In 1945, German Diez received a letter from the great Chilean pianist Claudio Arrau, granting him a scholarship to study in the US for the next ten years. Aside from Arrau and his assistant Rafael de Silva, Diez also took lessons with Carl Friedberg and Eduard Steuermann. He became a distinguished t.... More »

Paris's Philharmonie celebrates Boulez in outstanding style + MORE

An Ensemble Intercontemporain programme of Boulez and Lachenmann showcased the extraordinary acoustics and flexibility of the new Philharmonie, the hall that will also be home to Daniel Harding and his Orchestre de ParisI was in Paris for the Ensemble Intercontemporain’s revelatory performance of .... More »

Sher on this shining night + MORE

Bartlett Sher’s “new to Chicago” production of Romeo et Juliette came to the Lyric Opera at Monday’s opening after appearances at Salzburg and Milan. For most of the evening, the production worked quite well, moving the iconic star-crossed lovers to 18th century Venice. Musically, however, t.... More »

#morninglistening: An die Ferne Geliebte, Melodiously + MORE

<!-- BEGIN QUOTE -->#morninglistening to #Beethoven #Lieder w/Mark Padmore & K.Bezuidenhout on @harmoniamundi … https://t.co/HGSIAPT7lZ pic.twitter.com/pgZzfj6qKv— Jens F. Laurson (@ClassicalCritic) November 17, 2015<!-- END TWITTER QUOTE --> A dream team in trickily beautiful mu.... More »
Tell Me on a Sunday, St James Theatre - theatre reviewMusical theatre buffs will be thrilled to learn that Marti Webb is reprising her career-defining role in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s delightfully bittersweet one-woman, one-act song cycle.

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CBSO/Nelsons – review

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CBSO/Nelsons – reviewSymphony Hall, BirminghamStravinsky’s Petrushka was a demonstration of just what an exceptional conductor Andris Nelsons can beSince he took over the City of Birmingham Symphony five years ago, hearing Andris Nelsons reveal more of the works in his repertoire has been one of the most compelling experiences British musical life can offer…

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The New York Philharmonic offers a concert of Shostakovich, Beethoven and Gershwin.    

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Second instalment of Jean-Efflam Bavouzet’s survey covering Beethoven’s development of sonata form

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Humperdinck, Hansel and Gretel

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 Humperdinck,  Hansel and Gretel: Artists and Orchestra of Scottish Ballet, Ollivier-Philippe Cuneo (conductor), Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 8.1.2014 (SRT)   Production: Christopher Hampson (creator and choreographer) Gary Harris (designs) George Thomson (lighting)  Scottish Ballet’s Christmas show is a gorgeous gift that keeps giving right into the New Year (it’s on tour until mid-February)…

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The opening concert of this celebration of the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss’s birth was a curiously disappointing affair, says David Fanning    

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Papageno in silhouette Reiniger 1935

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Papageno in silhouette Reiniger 1935More Weimar silhouettes from Lotte Reiniger, this time a ten-minute fantasy on Papageno, made in 1935 as part of her projected series “Silhouetten Opernhaus”, the first of which was Zehn Minuten Mozart (1930). described by her as a “Schattenspile zu Meisterwerken der Tonkunst”, animations that illustrated music…

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Opera Review: Bartlett Sher’s ‘L’Elisir d’Amore’ Is Revived at the MetBartlett Sher’s “L’Elisir d’Amore,” at the Metropolitan Opera, features Andriana Chuchman in her Met debut.    

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‘I have been an opera subscriber for 75 years’

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‘I have been an opera subscriber for 75 years’Sophia Marl is 104 years old. She went to school in Bayreuth and remembers Cosima Wagner coming to play the piano. In 1938 she took out a subscription to the opera at Hagen. Her enthusiasm is undimmed to this day. She regrets the decline in standards of audience dress, but does not at all mind […]

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Iris Wagner Dies At Age 71

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Iris Wagner Dies At Age 71BERLIN (Reuters) – Iris Wagner, great-granddaughter of composer Richard Wagner, died in Berlin on Thursday after a lengthy illness, her family told the Nordbayerischer Kurier. She was 71.Born in Bayreuth, Germany, in 1942, Wagner was the daughter of Wieland Wagner, who with his brother Wolfgang led the Bayreuth Festival, devoted to Wagner’s works, after World War Two…

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Best Recordings of 2013 (#2)

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High time for a review of classical CDs that were outstanding in 2013. My lists for the previous years: 2012, 2011, (2011 – “Almost”), 2010, (2010 – “Almost”), 2009, (2009 – “Almost”), 2008, (2008 – "Almost") 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004.
# 2 – New Release
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart / Kasper Holten, Juan, Lars Ulrik Mortensen (conductor), Concerto Copenhagen et al…

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Not canard, more loon

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Not canard, more loon“More telephone ring tones come from Bizet’s Carmen that any other opera. This is no coincidence: Carmen is simply packed with glorious well-known arias which turn it into an exuberant performance of the composer’s greatest hits.” [Express]

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Cellist Steven Isserlis talks about his pianist grandfather’s remarkable life and his friendship with late composer John Tavener

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