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Office of Afro-Cuban Composer and Conductor Leo Brouwer: Les Voix Humaines Festival begins a new form of patronage, the Friends of the Festival + MORE

ISABELLE HERNÁNDEZ, General Director and Producer of the Festival Les Voix Humaines, writes: Friends of the FestivalLes Voix Humaines Festival begins a new form of patronage with the creation of the Friends of the Festival directed to individuals or companies who want to contribute to the main.... More »
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Veremonda, l’amazzone di Aragona, Schwetzingen, Germany — review + MORE

Cavalli’s 1652 opera — the first to feature Islamic protagonists — is played with grace and refinement.... More »

The Queen of Spades, Coliseum, London — review + MORE

ENO’s production of Tchaikovsky’s opera is a tour de force for outgoing music director Edward Gardner.... More »

Morning Glories: Birthday Beethoven + MORE

This week brings us the birthday of the man who for many is the archetypal composer in the classical tradition, Ludwig van Beethoven (the evidence points to a December 16 birthday -- no one is absolutely sure). We'll note the anniversary with five Morning Glories, each in a different genre: son.... More »

She’s still here + MORE

Happy 51st birthday soprano Natalie Dessay.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnb3m90nl-E On this day in 1774 Christoph Wilibald von Gluck‘s Iphigenia in Aulis premiered in Paris. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6XlTToGP-g Born on this day in 1892 composer Germaine Tailleferre. //www.youtube.com/w.... More »

Cantonese Opera comes to London

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Cantonese Opera comes to LondonThe renowned  Cantonese Opera singer Yuen Siu-fai (阮兆輝 ) is bringing top quality Cantonese opera to London on 4th August (details here). Masters of this calibre don’t often come to the west. This will be a unique experience. Yuen is bringing his own troupe, the Spring Glory Cantonese Opera Workshop…

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Laurie Anderson, artist and Lou Reed's widow, trapped in spa chamberThe spa customer trapped inside a hyperbaric chamber in Chelsea this week was none other than Laurie Anderson — acclaimed performance artist and widow of Lou Reed, the Daily News has learned.

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Ambitious spirit

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Ambitious spiritNever let it be said that La Cieca does not pamper her cher public. After the jump, and exclusively on the web, listen to the role debut of Anna Netrebko in Verdi’s Macbeth.
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Bayerische Staatsoper
Conductor: Paolo Carignani
Macbeth: Simon Keenlyside
Banco: Ildar Abdrazakov
Lady Macbeth: Anna Netrebko
Macduff: Joseph Calleja
Photo © Wilfried Hösl.

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  Tallis, Victoria, Palestrina, Parsons, Weir, Kendall, Andrew, Tabakova, Tavener  Duruflé: Esther Brazil (mezzo sporano), Nicholas Morton (baritone), Choir of Merton College Oxford, St Cecilia Singers, Oriel Singers, Guy Johnston (cello), Carleton Etherington (organ) / Benjamin Nicholas (conductor), Gloucester Cathedral, 8…

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Retired Tenor & Emeritus Professor of Voice George Shirley  & Pianist Althea Waites in 2012 150th Emancipation Proclamation concert - YouTubeJohn Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:Retired Metropolitan Opera Tenor and University of Michigan Joseph Edgar Maddy Distinguished University Emeritus Professor of Voice George Shirley performed Civil War era songs during 150th Anniversary Emancipation Proclamation Concert on September 22, 2012 in Los Angeles co produced by MusicUNTOLD and KUSC Classical Radio 91…

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Pianist Boise Queen's project: 'PNOqworks Medical' on gofundme; CD 'Rhapsody for Classic Film' is available onlinePianist Boise Queen gofundme projectPNOqworks MedicalBoise Queen:Many thanks to Alice Alviani and the staff of Family Piano Co. of Waukegan, IL and also AFS Digital Media Services for their tireless effort in lending the use of their facility for the video’s and various contributions in making the content of this site possible…

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Bicycle Opera in gear for five-week tourSeven young, fit opera singers and musicians are pedaling their bikes to 13 Ontario cities this summer, pulling their props and instruments behind them in trailers.

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Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s opera “The Passenger,” at the Park Avenue Armory, explores a fateful encounter between a former Nazi death camp inmate and her SS overseer.

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La bohème, Royal Opera, 9 July 2014

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Royal Opera HouseMarcello – Markus WerbaRodolfo – Charles CastronovoColline – Jongmin ParkSchaunard – Daniel GriceBenoît – Jeremy WhiteMimì – Ermonela JahoParpignol – Luke PriceMusetta – Simona MihaiAlcindoro – Donald MaxwellCustoms Officer – Christopher LacknerSergeant – Bryan SecombeJohn Copley (director)Julia Trevelyan Oman (designs)John Charlton (lighting)Extra ChorusMembers of Tiffin Children’s ChorusRoyal Opera Chorus (chorus master: Renato Balsadonna)Orchestra of the Royal Opera HouseCornelius Meister (conductor)Perhaps I have made life too difficult for myself; it would not necessarily be the first time…

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By The Weekend Vote: It would be impossible for me to list all the fantastic and worthy conductors who are on the scene today, but I’ve chosen five top conductors from top orchestras around the world for you to enjoy. I’ve assembled videos of each one, in alphabetical order, conducting a classical piece with the main orchestras that they direct (they all guest-conduct many orchestras!) Which, of these, do you like best? Which, that didn’t make the list, do you like best? Please vote, and then feel free to elaborate in the comments section…

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O sommo Carlo!

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O sommo Carlo!In celebration of the 90th anniversary of the birth of Carlo Bergonzi, our friends at Opera Depot are offering discounts on their entire catalog of the legendary tenor’s performances, as well as a complimentary download of great moments from his career. (But aren’t they all?)

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Bel canto isn't realism -  Maria Stuarda Royal Opera HouseWe are in a golden age of voice.  Joyce DiDonato creates an astonishing Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda at the Royal Opera House, which will define the role for decades to come. Her range is breathtaking and  her technique is flawless. We will never know how Maria Malibran sounded when she premiered the role, but there’s almost no way that Malibran, however good she might have been, would have had at the age of 25 the polish and depth DiDonato brings to the role…

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

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