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Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk is back ! + MORE

Welcome return of Shostakovich Lady Macbeth oif Mtsensk with Eva-Maria Westbroek and Christopher Ventris,  conducted by Mariss Jansons, available for a ,limited time on Opera Platform. All good stagings connect to the music and ideas in an opera but in this famous classic, from 2006,  .... More »

A Masterclass with Ray Chen + MORE

By Caeli Smith: If Ray Chen weren’t busy making a name for himself as a superb violin soloist and social media sensation, he could probably have a career as a dancer. He has some killer moves. On Sunday morning, he was hopping, tip-toeing, and twirling all over the Thalia Theater at Symphony Space.... More »

Possible status changes for state operas + MORE

The National Opera Review, critical of Opera Queensland, has raised the prospect of federal funding for Victorian Opera..... More »

“I don’t think any novelist should be concerned with literature” + MORE

Born on this day in 1918 novelist Jacqueline Susann.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=loU4tfTMiLg Born on this day in 1561 composer Jacopo Peri. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHMJgGE5Doc Born on this day in 1625 librettist Thomas Corneille. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rja8GMM6t0 On this day in 1828 Rossini.... More »

The Felicja Blumental International Music Festival + MORE

The Polish pianist Felicja Blumental died whilst visiting Israel in 1991 and in 1999, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art named its International Music Festival after her. Blumental's daughter, soprano Annette Céline, serves as the Festival’s artistic director and this year they commemorate the festival's.... More »

Best Recordings of 2013 (#1 – 10)

– ionarts.blogspot.com

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.
# 1 – New Release
Johann Sebastian Bach, Original transcriptions, Ensemble Contraste, La Dolce Volta #004


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Met Opera: Strauss's 'Die Fledermaus'

– minnesota.publicradio.org

The Metropolitan Opera presents Johann Strauss's 'Die Fledermaus', which airs at noon on Saturday, Jan. 11.

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House of Solitude: Reflections on a Four Year CollaborationHouse of Solitude at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Photo by Jill Steinberg.
This coming February, composer Paola Prestini and I will present the world premiere of House of Solitude, an installation concerto, at Krannert Center in Champaign-Urbana. We have been working together on the piece since 2010 (Paola as composer and me as performer); this premiere seemed like a good moment to share with the community a short article about how the piece came together…

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American composer and conductor H Owen Reed died in January 2014, aged one-hundred-and-three

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Muti shocked, Zakharova cancels: strikes and budget disaster at Rome OperaCarlo FuortesCarlo Fuortes, the new director of Rome Opera, has a difficult path ahead of him. During the first few months of his leadership he must guide the company out of its present disastrous economic situation. In a press conference this week, he announced that the situation was even worse than previously announced: in 2013 Rome Opera lost 10 million euros (more than $13m)…

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Report: Iran will reopen its symphony orchestra

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Report: Iran will reopen its symphony orchestraAmid the welter of confusing signals from Teheran, comes a report on national television that the president, Hassan Rouhani, has decided to reopen the national symphony orchestra which was shut down late in 2012. ‘I am so sorry to see the Iranian National Orchestra shut down,’ Rouhani said, adding that ‘the administration will seriously pursue […]

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– briandickie.typepad.com

I think that the first time I saw Manon was relatively late in my opera going career – in November of 1963, just over 50 years ago.  And I remember it well, better than some performances I have heard of the piece more recently.  Renata Scotto was the Manon, and the other leading roles were taken by three of the Canadians who were members of the Covent Garden company at the time, André Turp (Des Grieux), Robert Savoie (Lescaut) and Joseph Rouleau (Count des Grieux)…

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Deadly Pleasures – review

– www.guardian.co.uk

Counterpoise, Eleanor Bron, Donald Maxwell (narrators)(Deux-Elles)The ensemble Counterpoise, founded in 2008 using a combination of trumpet, piano, saxophone and violin, has nurtured the neglected medium of melodrama, meaning spoken narration with musical accompaniment – not an easy genre but made fascinating by powerful texts and excellent narrators, quite aside from the quality of the music…

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Ravel Double Bill at RCM

– capricciomusic.blogspot.com

Ravel Double Bill at RCM7/12/13Ravel’s operas are an odd choice in some ways for a student showcase production because they rely so little on vocal display and contain few roles that could be considered foundational for operatic careers. On the other hand the situation comedy L’heure espagnol provides an immense textual and dramatic challenge in the realm of rapid fire Gallic farce, and the fairy tale parable L’enfant et les Sortileges an object lesson in precise physical and vocal characterisation in each of the tiny roles that comprise the opera’s mosaic structure…

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I spent a really nice day at the Royal Opera House for the dress rehearsal of Manon.  More about that tomorrow.  Meanwhile good night from here – where we had a lovely evening with the sunset colouring up the Thames riverscape at 4 pm as I waited for a bus……….

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Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge/ Williams (Signum Classics)2014 will mark 100 years since the beginning of the first world war, and first into the centenary field is this fine choral compilation that manages to evoke a sombre mood of commemoration while avoiding sentimentality. Not all the music is specifically related to the war: starting from Parry’s neglected evocation of Tennyson’s Crossing the Bar, it encompasses classics by Brahms, Ireland and William Harris’s fine Faire is the Heaven, effective recent works by Mark Blatchly, Matthew Martin, James MacMillan and Geraint Lewis, and a Kontakion of the Dead from Kiev, before concluding with Vaughan Williams’s moving Lord, thou hast been our refuge…

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Iris Wagner Dies At Age 71

– www.the-wagnerian.com

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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Eric Conway: Morgan choir performs with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Strathmore and Meyerhoff Symphony Halls Friday and SaturdayEric Conway, D.M.A., Fine and Performing Arts Department Chairperson of Morgan State University, writes late Friday Evening:Good evening,Tonight the Morgan State University Choir partnered with Marin Alsop and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in one of their concerts in the popular Off the Cuff Series…

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