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The Ice Break, Birmingham Opera Company, review: 'lush' + MORE

Michael Tippett's fourth opera, The Ice Break, deserves to have been withdrawn from cold storage, says Rupert Christiansen.... More »
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Opera offers up ideas for reform + MORE

The economics of opera companies have been put under the microscope by the National Opera Review..... More »
virtuoso

Teeming with life and joy: Rimsky-Korsakov's May Night from Royal Academy Opera + MORE

Mikhail Shepelenko - Rimsky Korsakov May Night - Royal Academy Opera - photo Robert Workman Rimsky-Korsakov May Night; Mikhail Shepelenko, Emma Stannard, Phil Wilcox, Timothy Murpy, Claire-Barnett-Jones, Martins Smauktelis, Lorena Paz Nieto, Henry Neill, dir: Christopher Cowell, cond: Gareth Hancock.... More »
classical music news

Lincoln Center paying Fisher family $15 million to rename Avery Fisher Hall + MORE

When Avery Fisher, founder of the Fisher electronics company, made a $10.5 million donation in 1973, Lincoln Center agreed to name the New York Philharmonic's performance hall after Fisher in perpetuity. Perpetuity is now coming to an end..... More »
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Classical: ‘Delusion of the Fury,’ a Dream, Carried Out by Ensemble Musikfabrik + MORE

Harry Partch dreamed up his own instruments, and Ensemble Musikfabrik is bringing them to the Lincoln Center Festival..... More »
Sonia Rykiel, the grande dame of Left Bank fashion, laid out a typical day for Harper’s Bazaar April. She loves…

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Met Semi Finals

– briandickie.typepad.com

It was a long day with twenty candidates.  And I left as soon as it was over to get to Kennedy Airport for my flight back to London.  However the results are in and here they are – the nine finalists who will compete next Sunday for the grand prizes, of which I believe there are six.

Julie Adams
Soprano
Western Region

Patrick Guetti
Bass
Middle Atlantic Region

Nicole Haslett
Soprano
Northwest Region

Ao Li
Bass-Baritone  
Rocky Mountain Region

Yi Li
Tenor
Middle Atlantic Region

Christopher Lowrey  
Countertenor
New England Region

Rafael Moras
Tenor
Gulf Coast Region

Rexford Tester
Tenor
Middle Atlantic Region

Amanda Woodbury
Soprano
Western Region

 
I have little doubt that the jury had a hard time and I am sure that not everyone will agree with them!  Is that a surprise?  And actually I felt that it would be a struggle to get eight genuine potential Grand Prize winners to compete in the final…

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Just because: Richard Strauss conducts Till Eulenspiegel

– www.artsjournal.com/aboutlastnight

Richard Strauss conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in a 1944 performance of excerpts from his Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks. (These unedited…

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Soloists, Like Krystian Zimerman, Now Have a Positive Option To Shape Patron Smartphone Use During Concerts

June, 2013 was a month of well publicized reports related to pianist Krystian Zimerman stopping a performance to verbally spank the audience after seeing a patron allegedly using a Smartphone to video record a portion of his performance. At the time, the culture community, myself included, was abuzz about whether Zimerman’s response was justified (it wasn’t) but we all apparently missed the direction we should have been purporting…

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How do you name a chamber group?

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Chamber ensemble names tend to fit into a few categories, I've found.

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Royal Scottish National Orchestra/ Susanna Mälkki/Jack Liebeck – reviewUsher Hall, EdinburghMälkki’s conducting brought luminosity, lightness and clarity, but Liebeck didn’t take control of Prokofiev’s violin concertoSusanna Mälkki has a knack for weightlessness. The Finnish conductor brings luminosity to the darkest score and somehow makes a sprawling symphony orchestra sound feather-light…

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Welsh National Opera 2014 – 2015 details

– intermezzo.typepad.com

What Twitter's REALLY for
It is the year 2014, and opera companies still don't get Twitter.
Welsh National Opera attempted to tweet their new season this morning. But you can't dice a season into 140-character chunks. And what WNO have on offer next year needs a bit of context to sell it even to regular operagoers, let alone the general public…

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Name that Neptune

– parterre.com

Name that NeptuneMasterful mezzo Joyce DiDonato heads the cast of this 2010 performance of Mozart’s Idomeno from the Edinburgh International Festival.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Idomeneo
Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Chorus
Sir Roger Norrington, conductor
Edinburgh International Festival
18 September 2010
Idomeneo – Kurt Streit
Idamante – Joyce DiDonato
Elettra – Emma Bell
Ilia – Rosemary Joshua
Arbace – Rainer Trost
Sacerdote – Keith Lewis
La voce – Jan Martinik

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Learning to Listen: Bach Inspirations

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Johann Sebastian Bach continues to inspire generations of composers more than 300 years after his time. Hear straightforward arrangements of Bach's music as well as some less familiar music inspired by Bach on today's Learning to Listen.

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5 questions to Robert Sirota (composer) about Pange Lingua SonataOn Wednesday, March 26, Hyeyung Julie Yoon (violin, Chiara Quartet) and Soyeon Kate Lee (piano) will be performing the New York premiere of composer Robert Sirota’s Pange Lingua Sonata at SubCulture. Pange Lingua Sonata for violin and piano was commissioned by Yoon in 2012 in memory of her grandfather, Myung Il Paek…

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Seven Last Words and an Earthquake

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Seven Last Words and an EarthquakeRuth PadelWhat to do with Haydn’s Seven Last Words? It is ideal string quartet repertoire for Lent, but programming is a problem in a work designed to be interspersed with sermons – an option few concert promoters would dare risk nowadays. The Aspect Foundation is presenting the Endellion String Quartet in Haydn’s great work, and they are interspersing the movements with Ruth Padel’s poetry, Seven Words and an Earthquake…

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 Richard Strauss: Richard Harrington (speaker), Sinfonia Cymru / Gareth Jones (conductor), Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, 22.3.2014 (PCG) Strauss – Le bourgeois gentilhomme, Op.60 Metamorphosen, Op.142   In 1912 Hugo von Hofmannshal, the poet who had already written the texts for Richard Strauss’s operas Elektra and Der Rosenkavalier, prepared a German-language version […]

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