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Italian maestro calls Rome Opera sackings ‘shameful’ + MORE

The great violinist Salvatore Accardo, returning home from a tour of China, discovered to his horror that Rome Opera had sacked its orchestra and chorus. He said today: ‘What has happened in Rome – the dismissal of 182 musicians in the most prestigious theater of our capital city –.... More »

Arnold Cooke (1906-2005) Symphony No.1 (1947) + MORE

I am convinced that one of the major problems in approaching Arnold Cooke’s music is the presumption that it owes virtually everything to Paul Hindemith. At least this seems to be the prevailing view amongst the few music critics that I have read. Most listeners will acknowledge Hindemith as a wel.... More »

A Quick Update on Bernd Weikl's Book + MORE

In the last post, we welcomed the publication of the latest Nazi opera conspiracy book by Bernd Weikl calling for Wagner to be banned in Germany. It was Weikl’s great misfortune that the book’s publication was severely undermined by the simultaneous retraction of charges against Wagner.... More »

Forbes Classical CD of the Week + MORE

…in a way the additional highlight-disc, compiled from both versions, is a real kicker! A tasteful Best-Of that combines the strengths of both versions with the added bonus of brevity… -> Classical CD of the Week: Orfeo And Counter-Orfeo L.Madetoja, Orchestral Works, Christoph Willib.... More »
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Some Scottish Composers...Famous and Forgotten + MORE

The Composer journal (Spring 1969) carries a short article by the late Professor Frederick Rimmer about the Scottish Music Archive (now the Scottish Music Centre) which had been established in 1968 at the University of Glasgow. It officially opened to the public on 16 April 1969 based at Lilybank Ga.... More »

On paper, the current pairing by Chicago Opera Theater of two Central European and German one-act operas from 1943 appears jarring. Especially so when one was written in the Terezin concentration camp by a Jewish composer who was gassed the next year at Auschwitz, the other by a free man in Nazi Germany who went on to wealth and fame after the war and died in his native Munich in 1982…

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La Traviata at Grange Park Opera

– www.planethugill.com

La Traviata at Grange Park OperaClaire Rutter in act one of La Traviata photo Robert Workman Verdi La Traviata: Claire Rutter, Marco Panuccio, Damiano Salerno, Gianluca Marciano: Grange Park Opera Reviewed by Robert Hugillon May 31 2014 Star rating: 4.5Stylishly glamorous and moving new production of Verdi’s classicGrange Park Opera’s 2014 season opened on 30 May 2014 (with Peter Grimes), their second production of the season was Verdi’s La Traviata (31 May 2014)…

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CBSO/Nelsons review  Brett Dean sheds fresh light on the concertoHåkan Hardenberger delivered a glowing UK premiere of Dean’s new trumpet concerto alongside orchestral works by RavelThe City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s music director Andris Nelsons may have left his own trumpeting days behind, but he still explores new trumpet repertoire, sharing his enthusiasm with no less a master than Håkan Hardenberger…

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Strauss’s Arabella, a Remarkable Musical Performance

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 Strauss: Arabella, Operahaz Orchestra and Chorus, Günter Neuhold (conductor), Budapest Operahaz, 30.5.2014, (JMI) Cast: Arabella: Ildikó Raimondi Mandryka: Béla Perencz Zdenka: Borbála Keszei Matteo: István Horváth Fiakermilli: Erika Miklosa Count Waldner: László Szvétek Adelaide: Bernadett Wiedemann Count Elemer: Attila Wendler Count Dominik: Andras Kaldi Kiss Count Lamoral: Sándor Egri Fortune Teller: Zsuzsanna Fülöp Production: Budapest […]

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Nabucco review  kitsch staging mars a strong performanceWales Millennium Centre, CardiffWNO capture the passions of Verdi’s score, but there’s too much glitz in Rudolf Frey’s productionVerdi’s Nabucco was the opera that gave the composer his first popular success. It was also the work that, in 1952, first established Welsh National Opera’s reputation. The almighty power of the chorus, as they lament at the hands of Nabucco, is also therefore a reminder of the opera’s symbolic status for the company…

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SF Opera’s Show Boat

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* Notes * Show Boat (Heidi Stober as Magnolia Hawks, Patricia Racette as Julie La Verne, Angela Renee Simpson as Queenie and Morris Robinson as Joe with chorus in Act I, Scene 2 pictured left; photograph by Cory Weaver) opened at San Francisco Opera today with a matinée performance. The production, directed by Francesca Zambello, is spectacular…

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Simon Rattle conducts a radiant account of Poulenc’s opera, sung by a strong ensemble and featuring a 67-strong community choir as the Paris mob

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 Cheltenham Music Festival Celebrates its 70th Birthday (July 2nd – 13th) Preview   The doughty composer and suffragette Dame Ethel Smyth, if still alive, would be delighted at the strong representation of women composers at this year’s Festival. Of particular interest will be the opera Tokaido Road by Nicola Lefanu which will be receiving its […]

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In Brief: Graduation Edition

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Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio, online video, and other good things in Blogville and Beyond. (After clicking to an audio or video stream, press the "Play" button to start the broadcast.) Some of these streams become unavailable after a few days.

Listen to a performance of Rossini’s Tancredi, starring Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Tancredi) and Patrizia Ciofi (Amenaide),

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When HBO rolled out a mockumentary poking fun at high tech this spring, Silicon Valley checked it out.Initially, its namesake geeks and nerds who spend their days coding, developing and hacking in a red hot tech economy weren’t so sure it was funny: “Most startups are a soap opera, but not that kind of soap opera,” said Tesla CEO Elon Musk, one of the valley’s most charismatic billionaires, after a premiere.

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Breaking: Israel Opera replaces music director

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Breaking: Israel Opera replaces music directorDavid Stern, New Yorker son of the violinist Isaac Stern, is to be replaced as music director of the Israel Opera after six years in the job.
From the start of next season, the music director will be the Israeli Daniel Oren.

Stern has not done much wrong. Nor did his predecessor, Asher Fisch, who was ousted in 2008 after ten years in the post…

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While there is no official entry for Simon Boccanegra in Riccardo Muti’s discography, the same cannot be said of Nabucco; there are the EMI CDs with Renata Scotto and Matteo Manuguerra and the DVD from Milan with Ghena Dmitrova and Renato Bruson. This afternoon’s performance unfortunately could not count with glamorous forces as those…

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Poulenc Dialogues des Carmélites

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Poulenc Dialogues des CarmélitesFrancis Poulenc Dialogues des Carmélites at the Royal Opera House. Review coming, but first a consideration of interpretation. Interpretation is  paramount to assessing any production. Criticism often latches onto things like sets and costumes because these are easy to isolate. But they’re absolutely secondary to interpretation…

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