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Back from the Dead : Massenet Le roi de Lahore, Chelsea Opera QEH + MORE

In Jules Massenet's Le roi de Lahore,  King Alim returns from the dead, redeemed by love. On Sunday, the Chelsea Opera Group brought the long-dead opera back to life at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.  The opera was a smash hit from its premiere in April 1877. Fifty-seven performances fo.... More »
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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 »
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WAC Board Chair Doubles Down On Crazy Comment + MORE

The 10/8/2014 edition of The Washington Post published an article by Geoff Edgers that examines the ongoing Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO)/Woodruff Arts Center (WAC) lockout. Of particular interest is the response from WAC Governing Board Chairman Douglas Hertz to questions about whether or .... More »
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Simon Rattle's Dream of Gerontius + MORE

Rating:  0 When Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius was first heard, in Birmingham Town Hall in 1900, the performance d.... More »
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“Tosca” at the Séance + MORE

New York City Opera has officially launched its “renaissance” at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater last night with a production of Puccini’s Tosca that should please a lot of older, conservative audiences, if not the adventurous operagoers that City Opera courted in the past.  The show heralds .... More »
 Puccini: Turandot, Chorus Generalitat Valenciana, Orchestra Comunitat Valenciana, Zubin Mehta (conductor), Palau de Les Arts, Valencia, 11.6.2014 (JMI)   Cast: Turandot: Lise Lindstrom Calaf: Jorge de León Liú: Jessida Nuccio Timur: Alexander Tsymbalyuk Ping: Germán Olvera Pang: Valentino Buzza Pong: Pablo García López Mandarin: Ventseslav Anastasov Altoum: Javier Agulló Production: Palau de Les Arts Direction: […]

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Carlos Kalmar leads orchestra, cast and chorus in Berlioz’ classic as the Grant Park Music Festival moves indoors for two nights.

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Dogstar 10: Experimental Music Concert Series in Los AngelesThe annual Dogstar Orchestra concert series of experimental music has been going in various locations in and around Los Angeles since May 30. The venue on June 10 was the Wulf, a converted industrial loft space on Santa Fe street downtown, and a good-sized crowd settled in for an evening of spoken and electronic works…

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A voice to die for – and looks to match

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Giuseppe Pennisi enjoys ‘Orfeo e Euridice’ at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and surveys the different versions of Gluck’s opera

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Dogstar 10: Experimental Music Concert Series in Los AngelesThe annual Dogstar Orchestra concert series of experimental music has been going in various locations in and around Los Angeles since May 30. The venue on June 10 was the Wulf, a converted industrial loft space on Santa Fe street downtown, and a good-sized crowd settled in for an evening of spoken and electronic works…

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Last week amounted to a floodgate of new music being opened: from a few new subscription-series pieces per season from major figures and some encouragement to young talent by way of CONTACT! commissions, the Philharmonic and partners performed well over 60 pieces from composers of all stages and many walks of life.

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Richard Wagner Supports Constantin Frantz's Denunciation of Prussian Militarism and Pan-GermanismWahn! Wahn! Überall Wahn!Wohin ich forschend blick’in Stadt- und Weltchronik,den Grund mir aufzufinden,warum gar bis aufs Blutdie Leut’ sich quälen und schindenin unnütz toller Wut! Madness! Madness! Everywhere madness!Wherever I searchingly glance,Through chronicles of cities and the world,The grounds thereof to find,Why, to the point of drawing blood,People torment and mistreat each otherIn senseless frenzied rage!Hans Sachs’ Monologue from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg In 1869, Richard Wagner dedicated the second edition of his Oper und Drama to Constantin Frantz (1817–1891)…

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Arise, Sir András!

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And it’s a knighthood for maestro András Schiff in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. It couldn’t happen to a better guy or a finer artist. Congratulations! More here: http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk/about-us/news/sir-andr%C3%A1s-schiff

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From Marschallin to Moses

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From Marschallin to Moses‘That’s the first time actually I’ve ever been moved by the words of The Ring alone…I normally find that the text alone makes you yearn for the music, but that seemed quite wonderful to me.’ Thus Michael Tanner, lecturing on Götterdämmerung, about Dame Harriet Walter declaiming Brünnhilde’s Immolation Scene in its various incarnations and her husband Guy Paul reading Wagner’s stage directions…

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Celebrations in Liverpool

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Celebrations in LiverpoolVasily Petrenko & the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra© Mark McNultyThe Royal Liverpool Philharmonic’s 2014/15 season will be celebrating both the 175th anniversary of the Founding of the Liverpool Philharmonic, and the anniversaries of Tchaikovsky (175) and Sibeliuis (150). Not only that, but the refurbished Liverpool Philharmonic Hall will reopen in November 2014, cause for celebration indeed…

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At one time the expression ‘Cheltenham, Symphony’ was used as a disparaging term. Peter Pirie in his The English Musical Renaissance (Victor Gollanz, London, 1979) states that the phrase ‘was coined to describe a work in simple-minded sonata form, simple-minded tonality, and simple-minded faith in a scissors-and-paste method of composition…

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Music Review: ‘Atthis,’ a Searing Monodrama by Opera Cabal and ACMEGeorg Friedrich Haas’s “Atthis,” a monodrama based on texts by Sappho, had its staged premiere at the Kitchen on Thursday.

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