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How the Met ate its own audience + MORE

In my monthly essay in Standpoint, I bring some new information on the depths of the Metropolitan Opera’s decline, and some analysis of the causes. Example: Almost anywhere in America and most countries around the world you can now watch live opera from the Met in a local multiplex for the pri.... More »

Review: Echoes of Flamenco From Orchestra of St. Luke’s + MORE

The Orchestra of St. Luke’s Carnegie Hall concert saw its Granada-born conductor interpret the work of an Andalusian composer..... More »

LA Opera's 2016-2017 Season + MORE

September 17- October 16 2016: MacbethOctober 19-23 2016: Ted Hearne's The SourceOctober 29-31 2016: Nosferatu with score from Matthew AucoinNovember 5-27 2016: AkhnatenDecember 2-5 2016 Bernstein's Wonderful Town (semi-staged)January 28- February 19 2017: The Abduction from the SeraglioFebruary 18.... More »

Early orchestra recruits Decca chief + MORE

The Academy of Ancient Music, founded by Christopher Hogwood and struggling since his death in 2014, has named ex-Decca producer Alexander Van Ingen as its new chief exec. Its previous manager left in November.  .... More »

Daily Download: Christoph Willibald Gluck - Orfeo ed Euridice: Dance of the Blessed Spirits + MORE

Get a free MP3 of Christoph Willibald Gluck - Orfeo ed Euridice: Dance of the Blessed Spirits, performed by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra..... More »

Florencia en el Amazonas at WNO

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WNO opened its season this past Saturday with Daniel Catan’s 1996 opera, “Florencia en el Amazonas,” a sort of riff on the stories of Gabriel Garcia Marquez by librettist Marcela Fuentes-Berain. Fresh off her acclaimed Elektra at the Proms, Christine Goerke starred as the titular mysterious opera singer in a production directed by Francesca Zambello, previously seen in Los Angeles…

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LPO/Jurowski/Bavouzet review  delicacy and energyRoyal Festival Hall, LondonJean-Efflam Bavouzets flawless account of Prokofievs Third Piano Concerto was a highlight of the London Philharmonics season-opening concertDuring the long and somewhat discursive speech with which he introduced the opening concert of the London Philharmonics 2014-15 season, the principal conductor, Vladimir Jurowski, welcomed the appointment of Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg as the orchestras composer-in-residence…

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Joyce DiDonato: Arts and Education Advocate

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Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is a fierce advocate of the arts and music education.

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Disarming Ease

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The New Zealand String Quartet impresses Howard Smith

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OperaUpClose to leave King's Head, Islington, for fresh challengesInnovative company that stretched boundaries of small-scale opera will build on links with Soho theatre and Coventry BelgradeOperaUpClose, the company which has become synonymous with accessible small-scale opera and who, with their award-winning La Bohème, showed that innovative opera productions dont have to take place in grand theatres with a grand budget to match is to leave the Islington pub that has been its home for the past four years…

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Neil Shicoff’s father could sing…

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Neil Shicoff’s father could sing…Sidney Shicoff, born 1920 in New York to an immigrant baker from Kiev, became a cantor at Catskills resorts and at various synagogues. He died of a heart attack in 1965, aged 45. His son was an operatic tenor who came close to being named director of the Vienna state Opera.

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With her resonantly beautiful voice, Anna Netrebko is a riveting presence in Verdi’s opera

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Presenters of the Bach “St. Matthew Passion” at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival have come up with an unusual way to expand their audience — and sell more tickets: they are opening the Oct. 4 dress rehearsal to audiences.

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Dmitri Shostakovich

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Explore the life and works of the great Russian composer on what would be his 108th birthday

At the height of the Cold War, it was fashionable among Western critics to denigrate Shostakovich…

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Opera Review: In the Met’s ‘Macbeth,’ Anna Netrebko as the Scheming WifeAnna Netrebko makes her long-awaited debut as the scheming wife in “Macbeth,” at the Metropolitan Opera.

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Metropolitan Opera Cast Change: Boheme

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From the Met press office:Hei-Kyung Hong will sing the role of Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème on September 26 and 29, replacing Ekaterina Scherbachenko, who is ill. As previously announced, Hong also sings the role on October 4.I’ve never heard Hong in person, but on broadcasts she is a perfectly lovely singer with a beautiful voice…

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 Bach: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano). Wigmore Hall, London, 20.9.2014 (MB) The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book One, BWV 846-69 Having heard Pierre-Laurent Aimard play The Art of Fugue in this very hall a few years ago, I was, despite very mixed feelings concerning that performance, keen to hear this always interesting, ever-thoughtful artist in Book One of the […]

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Bohemian girl

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Bohemian girlThe Met press office announces: “Hei-Kyung Hong will sing the role of Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème on September 26 and 29, replacing Ekaterina Scherbachenko, who is ill.”

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