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An ‘Otello’ Without Blackface Highlights an Enduring Tradition in Opera + MORE

That leading opera houses have continued to use blackface into the 21st century may be more surprising to many people than the news that the Met is ending it..... More »
composer

La bohème, Metropolitan Opera, New York — ‘Hyper-lavish, super-kitschy’ + MORE

The singers were often left to their own devices in this over-pretty, overpopulated production.... More »
composer

Christopher Irvin: Joie de Vivre Orchestral & Choral Works Volume 2 + MORE

The first track is the jaunty little overture Love Child that cleverly mixes and matches a Great War recruitment march, a passage straight out of a Savoy opera, music that reminds me of William Alwyn’s score to the Alec Guinness film The Card, a waltz and a Suffragette’s song. The piece was draw.... More »
recitals

Matthew Shilvock Next SF Opera General Director + MORE

Matthew Shilvock (pictured left, photograph by Cory Weaver) has been named General Director of San Francisco Opera and will become the Company's seventh director on August 1, 2016 with a five-year contract through July 2021. Mr. Shilvock is currently SF Opera's Associate General Director .... More »
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Aida Garifullina at Rosenblatt Recitals + MORE

Aida Garifullina and Iain Burnside the Wigmore Hall (c) Jonathan Rose Rimsky Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Delibes, Bellini, Rachmaninov, Gounod, Leoncavallo, Puccini; Aida Garifullina, Iain Burnside; Rosenblatt Recitals at the Wigmore Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Dec 3 2014 Star rating: .... More »

Colorado Symphony's Cannabis Concerts

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Ahaha: The Colorado Symphony is attempting to hold some bring-your-own-dope fund-raising concerts, which they are calling “Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series,” which has evidently made them the butt of many jokes.Okay, remember, with a series name like that, they want to be laughed at. And I did…

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Thebans World Premiere at ENO

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03/05/14How nice it is to have expectations confounded. I admit to having had mild reservations about Julian Anderson’s Thebans before I even entered the theatre. Oedipus or Orpheus or Elektra are all very well as opera subjects in the neoclassicism of the 18th century or the intellectual milieu of early 20th century Central Europe, with Freudian thought ascendant and musical neoclassicism just around the corner…

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Piano Factory 13.

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Piano Factory 13.Grant Chu Covell[May 2014.]“Mahnkopf Edition 2: Piano Works.” Claus-Steffen MAHNKOPF: Rhizom (1988-89); 5 kleine Lakunaritäten (1994-95); Kammerminiatur (1995); Kammerstück (1995); Le rêve d’ange nouveau (1999); Beethoven-Kommentar (2004); Prospero-Fragmente (2005). Ermis Theodorakis (pno). NEOS 11207 (1 CD) (http://www…

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Richard Strauss’s greatest champion

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Richard Strauss’s greatest championThe Dresden music director Ernst von Schuch died 100 years ago today, on May 10, 1914, at the age of 67. Austrian born and a Wagner specialist, Schuch joined the Semper Oper in 1873 and led its orchestra until his death. He conducted the world premieres of Feuersnot (1901), Salome (1905),Elektra (1909) and Der Rosenkavalier (1911)…

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Behind the scenes of British opera

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Tomorrow (Saturday) you can enjoy four hours behind the scenes with the UK’s top opera companies: the ROH, ENO, ETO, Northern Ireland Opera, Opera North, Scottish Opera and WNO.
The live and recorded footage includes interviews, rehearsals and performance. Watch above or on YouTube from 2pm. The whole thing will be available on demand for 48 hours after the event…

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Scottish Opera's Madama Butterfly review  Hye-Youn Lee is convincing and nuanced in central roleFestival Theatre, EdinburghDavid McVicar’s classic production offers straight, heartfelt entertainment with a compelling cast and supple orchestraDavid McVicar’s 14-year-old take on Puccini’s Madama Butterfly has become a Scottish Opera stalwart, the kind of bullet-proof production that any company would be glad to have in its stockpile…

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The Moscow Virtuosi On Tour

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and Piazzolla: Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Vladimir Spivakov, conductor, Chan Centre, Vancouver, 6.5.2014 (GN) Mozart: Divertimento in F major, K.138 Tchaikovsky, Serenade in C major, Op. 48 Shostakovich: Two Pieces for String Octet, Op.11 Two Pieces for String Quartet (1931) Piazzolla: History of the Tango (1986) It is exceedingly rare for a […]

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Live – and free – a Mozart opera from Vienna

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In the week the State Opera launched its UHD live streaming, the Kammeroper is hitting back this weekend with Mozart’s Clemenza di Tito. Click here for the feed.

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Classical MPR's Julie Amacher spoke with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, who is currently starring in the Met Opera's production of Rossini's 'La Cenerentola' (Cinderella), which airs Saturday, May 10, at noon on Classical MPR.

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The 24-year-old Russian soprano’s voice has a beatific timbre, with a bell-like resonance that carries well. Technically it is flawless

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Orchestral Music as Paradox

– www.artsjournal.com/postclassic

A brilliant composer friend of mine recently had a reading of a piece done by a major orchestra. All the other composers, she said, and the orchestra management, went around talking about how the orchestra desperately needs to come up with new ideas, so they can build up a new audience. Her piece was very […]

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C Force Joins Bertha C. Boschulte Concert Band in Chamber Music of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands Composer Alton Adams & Other Caribbean ComposersAlton Augustus Adams in 1922 (Wikipedia)Bertha C. Boschulte – St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin IslandsC Force, University of the BahamasConcert and LectureAbove photos and many more by Sam James Photography can be seen at:http://www.samjamesphotos.com/#!g-force-and-bcb/c217eDr. Christine Gangelhoff is Assistant Professor of Music at The College of The Bahamas in Nassau, Bahamas…

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I like Vivaldi’s ‘Spring’ and enjoy hearing it in unexpected moments. But it took me by a bit more than surprise in a graphic video outlining how to clean the common carp.

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