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Malala Yousafzai's UN speech set to music for International Women's Day + MORE

BBC Radio 3 announces Kate Whitley’s composition, using statements about every girl’s right to education, will broadcast on 8 MarchMalala Yousafzai’s 2013 speech to the UN, in which she spoke powerfully about every girl’s right to an education, has been set to music.BBC Radio 3 announced it .... More »
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Does cinema create new opera audiences? + MORE

The answer is a big fat NO, according to a new survey commissioned by English Touring Opera. The study of 234 operagoers "found that 81% of cinema opera attendees were over 60 years old, with an age profile slightly older than that typically found at live opera. In addition, the study indicate.... More »
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Barely an Anglophone singer in sight - Handel's Messiah from Prague + MORE

Collegium 1704, Vacslav Luks in PragueIt is not so long ago that non-Anglophone performers shied away from recording Handel's English oratorios, with the occasional exception of Scandinavian or German performers. Anniversaries would be celebrated with performances of the Italian oratorios. In this, .... More »
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How to hold a house concert + MORE

Want to hold a musical soirée? Here is everything you need to know, in one easy blogpost.Your pianist pal wants to try out some repertoire and has been eyeing your Bechstein hopefully. Sure, come over and play it through, you say. We'll invite some friends and have a few drinks and it'll be lovely..... More »
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Freedom and Joyous Accuracy from the Belcea Quartet + MORE

 Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert: Belcea Quartet, Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 17.10.2014 (BJ) Mozart: Quartet in F major, K. 590 Beethoven: Quartet in D major, Op. 18 No. 3 Schubert: Quartet in A minor, D. 804   Founded twenty years ago, and constituting a virt.... More »

Ready for another Ring cycle?

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OPERA Australia’s unique take on the Ring was a perfect Wagnerian fit.

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Blaauw’s Angels

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Marco Blaauw, the high-flying hero of Ensemble musikFabrik's Michaels Reise at the Lincoln Center Festival this summer, has a riveting new CD called Angels, containing "sound images of winged creatures" by Liza Lim, Richard Ayres, Rebecca Saunders, GF Haas, Carl Ruggles (supplying the title), Agata Zubel, Martin Smolka, Martijn Padding, the jazzman Jimmy Rowles, and Blaauw himself…

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With the Lion King and War Horse on in the West End, the stakes have never been higher for children’s theatre, and the young audience being taken to Julian Philips’s new opera How the Whale became are likely to have seen it all…

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Why, She Would Not Sing Anywhere Else for the World“Mary Garden goes back to Paris to-morrow. The Manhattan Opera House, with its unlighted facade, bore testimony last night to the fact that we are to have no more ‘Thais,’ ‘Louise,’ or ‘Melisande’ this Spring.” [New York Times]

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The Wind in the Willows, Duchess - dance reviewThis is a new venture for the Royal Opera House, taking one of their productions into the West End, but Will Tuckett’s children’s dance theatre version of The Wind in the Willows is an utterly charming show that deserves to be a huge success.

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Is London one of the few cities in which for-one-night-only concerts are the norm? In the United States, such things are very rare when an orchestra is playing in its home hall. Step forward, New York Philharmonic.
What expectations to bring, though? Doubtless the orchestra, conductor, and soloist had had minimal rehearsal time…

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We wouldn't sell that my luv - he's dead you knowResearch for yesterday’s post revealed that Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood once worked as a sales assistant in the Our Price record store in Oxford. Back in the late 1970s I went into Our Price in Staines and asked if they had the new LP of Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, only to be told “We wouldn’t sell that my luv – he’s dead you know”…

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Champagne Genevois!

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 J. Strauss: La Chauve-Souris, Soloists, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Chorus of Geneva Grand Théâtre, Theodor Guschlbauer (conductor), Victoria Hall, Geneva, 13.12.2013  (AL)   Cast: Gabriel: Nicola Rivenq Rosalinde: Mireille Delunsch Adele : Teodora Gheorghiu Frank: René Schirrer Prince Orlofsky: Marie-Claude Chappuis Alfred: Marc Laho Dr Falke: Dominique Coté Dr Blind: Fabrice Farina Ida: Marion […]

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The final scene from Janáček’s Cunning little Vixen is a lovely curtain raiser before a performance of Das Lied von der Erde. Especially when a cunning little vixen is so readily at hand as it must be for Sir Simon Rattle who programmed this for his Vienna Philharmonic appearance at the Vienna Konzerthaus…

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Just when you thought the Wagner anniversary was overRather more appealing than Britten cuff links are these Wagner inspired artworks by Norfolk sculptress Vanessa Pooley. For those struggling with the symbolism, that’s Siegfried and Brunhilde above and a solo Brunnhilde below. More details here and a Wagner sculpture blog here.Salvador Dali did not design a Britten iPhone cover, but he did create a Wagner fountain…

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Ethnic cleansing continues as Malaysia sacks two more foreign playersIn addition to the nine foreigners dismissed amid uproar almost two years ago, we understand that the Malaysian Philharmonic has recently terminated two more stalwarts: Daniella Rodnite, principal 2nd violin, founding player since 1998, was sacked, ostensibly for giving private violin lessons to young people…

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Anthony Horowitz on The Shard and a miserable night at the English National Opera    

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La Nuova Musica/Bates/Zazzo – reviewSt Leonard’s Shoreditch, LondonThe musical director and countertenor are a pairing made in Handel heavenLa Nuova Musica’s Spitalfields Music winter festival concert with its director David Bates and countertenor Lawrence Zazzo examined the work of the Royal Academy of Music, the company set up in 1719 to promote and perform Italian opera in London (not to be confused with the conservatoire of the same name, founded in 1822)…

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