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‘William Tell’ opera draws boos over nude rape scene + MORE

A London opera production that was roundly booed by an opening night audience on Monday for a scene of full frontal nudity. .... More »
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In case you missed it - January on Planet Hugill + MORE

Welcome to January on Planet HugillJanuary started with the Planet Hugill list, Hilary and my list of our memorable events from 2013.Sondheim, Handel and new operaOur post Christmas treat was Stephen Sondheim's Candide at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Second Movement's Rough for Opera gave us three .... More »
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Michael Fabiano’s 7 Hours From Call to Stage at the Metropolitan Opera + MORE

Asked to fill in for the tenor Joseph Calleja, Michael Fabiano rushed to New York, was fitted for costumes and a few hours later, wowed the audience..... More »

The Week Ahead: Xavier de Maistre to Play for Mostly Mozart Series + MORE

Xavier de Maistre has expanded the repertory for harp with commissions and his own arrangements..... More »

‘The Play’s the Thing’: Shakespeare and Mendelssohn Combine to Excellent Effect + MORE

 Garsington Opera 2015 – William Shakespeare, A Midsummers Night’s Dream with incidental music by Felix Mendelssohn: Members of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Anna Sideris (soprano), Catherine Backhouse (mezzo-soprano), Chorus and Orchestra of Garsington Opera/Douglas Boyd (conductor), Quee.... More »

Haitink’s Mastery Undiminished

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 Mahler:  Tonhalle Orchestra, Bernard Haitink (conductor), Tonhalle,  Zurich  (JR) Mahler: Symphony No. 9 There was a palpable buzz in the Tonhalle’s foyers before this concert began. It was clear this was no routine concert; it was going to be an inevitable musical highlight. Haitink, incredibly 85 this year, lives on the shore of LakeLucerne and […]

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Schreker in Cambridge

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Schreker in CambridgeOpportunities to hear Schreker’s music are rare in Britain. Even scarcer, non-existent even, are performances of his operas. In the 1920s, they were as popular as those by 2014’s poster boy Richard Strauss. How pioneering, then, that Cambridge student Adam Cigman Mark has decided to mount a concert of the second act of Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten this Saturday in the Chapel of Trinity College…

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Ensemble. Highly Communicative

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Murray Gold’s first major choral work, heard by Malcolm Miller

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Some favourite Abbado recordings

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I only heard Claudio Abbado ‘live’ twice, both times with his Lucerne Festival Orchestra: at the Proms, in Mahler (a performance I found admirable, but which did not bowl me over as it seemed to do almost everyone else), and at the Royal Festival Hall, in Mozart and Bruckner. Both performances I recall vividly, and doubt I shall ever forget…

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Maestro spoke with his hands

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CLAUDIO Abbado’s performances were infused with spontaneity and feeling instinctive to the Italian psyche.

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Now Hélène Grimaud walks out on IMG

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Now Hélène Grimaud walks out on IMGWe warned that more bits would fall off the troubled agency when Libby Abrahams quit two months ago as v-p. Well, today Libby announces that she’s waltzed off with IMG’s star signing, the French pianist Hélène Grimaud, as well as two conductors – the Sony-spinner Teodor Currentzis and the rising Czech, Tomáš Hanus…

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Habit, forming

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Habit, formingI’ve always had a fondness for Giacomo Puccini’s Suor Angelica and apparently so did he, since he often referred to it as “among the finest of my children.”  Not only does it boast an excellent libretto by Giovacchino Forzano but the superior craftsmanship of the composer in his later years leads to an abundance of melody and some very individual orchestral writing…

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Claudio Abbado. Versuch einer Würdigung

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Claudio Abbado. Versuch einer WürdigungClaudio Abbado. Versuch einer WürdigungiaA very perceptive and poetic trubute to Claudio Abbado:”Claudio Abbado war ein stiller Mensch. Und doch hat kaum einer so viele Spuren hinterlassen in der Musiklandschaft wie er. Einige seiner Stationen: Er gründete das Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, in Bozen gründete er dazu auch die Gustav Mahler Akademie – die Förderrung der Jugend war ihm ein Anliegen -, er gründete das Festival “Wien Modern”, das der doch sehr traditionell ausgerichteten Wiener Musikszene neue Impulse gab, er gründete das Lucerne Festival Orchestra, er gründete das Orchestra Mozart, um dem Orchester-Defizit Italiens durch ein Ensemble höchsten Niveau entgegen zu wirken…

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Mr. Abbado led some of the world’s most revered musical institutions, including La Scala, the Vienna State Opera and the Berlin Philharmonic.    

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Renee Fleming will sing the national anthem

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An operatic version of the novella Brokeback Mountain is to premiere at the Teatro Real in Madrid later this month.

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After an impressive 21-year-run as a soap opera star, Alison Sweeny is saying goodbye to “Days of Our Lives.”

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Katherine Jenkins ‘returns to home of classical music’We didn’t say that. They did. The Welsh so-called ‘opera singer’ has a a new record deal after being dropped by Warner. And the plan, we hear, is a reversion to para-classics.     KATHERINE JENKINS @KathJenkins SIGNS NEW DEAL WITH DECCA RETURNING TO ‘THE HOME OF CLASSICAL MUSIC’ AS SHE CELEBRATES 10th ANNIVERSARY IN […]

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