His shaved head in striking contrast to his dark beard and glinting eyes, the implacable Tartar conqueror glowers at us from the CD cover, while the uncropped photo of countertenor Xavier Sabata (above) is even more disturbing, featuring his raised fist and forearm tightly wrapped in a leather belt..... More »
Jenna Douglas at Schmopera has compiled a fascinating list of the singers who made most appearances at the Metropolitan Opera. Top of the ten is the tenor Charles Anthony, who died three years ago, aged 82.
He sang 2,928 times between 1954 and his retirement in 2010.
The next nine are also men.
Has .... More »
W.F.Bach, Harpsichord Concertos & Symphonies,
M.Gratton / Il Convito
Seniormost Junior Bach
One of the choices for Best Recordings of 2015.
It’s a well-known fact that but for August the Strong and Johann Sebastian Bach, Saxons would have been extinct as a people hundreds of year.... More »
Tectonics | The Magic Flute | The Dark Mirror | In Parenthesis | Messiah The music festival curated by conductor Ilan Volkov now takes place each year in Reykjavík, Adelaide and Glasgow. As usual, Volkov is very much present in the latest incarnation of the latter; he’s conducting the BBC Scottis.... More »
I have realised, just in time - briefly reverting to London time, since it is past midnight in Berlin - that it is ten years ago to the day that I began to write this blog. It began, also in Berlin, with the symphonies of Gustav Mahler, conducted by Pierre Boulez and Daniel Baren.... More »
Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio and online video from the week gone by. After clicking to an audio or video stream, you may need to press the "Play" button to start the broadcast. Some of these streams become unavailable after a few days.
Watch the production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola, directed by Cécile Roussat at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie, starring Marianna
Offenbach Fantasio; Sarah Connolly, Brenda Rae, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Mark Elder; Opera Rara Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Sep 13 2014 Star rating: 5.0Charming and enlightening account of Offenbach’s late, romantic operettaOffenbach’s Fantasio can be seen as something of a missing link, coming as it does between his two romantic operas, Die Rheinnixen (1864) and Les Contes d’Hoffmann (1880)…
It was a gala night at the Boston Symphony, ushering in the new music director with the help of two singing stars – Jonas Kaufmann and the conductor’s wife, Kristine Opolais. Except Mrs Nelsons was not, apparently, feeling well. Read first review from our pals at Boston CR here.
Bridgewater Hall, ManchesterThe extraordinary vision of the B Minor Mass was captured so expertly it felt like a portal to the futureNo one other than Bach knows why, after a lifetimes service of the Lutheran church, he chose to spend his final years assembling a Latin mass of such stylistic grandeur and exceptional length that it could never be performed as part of any service…
There is something so very Don Draper about René Pape. The German bass is blessed with one of the most beautiful, sonorous instruments of all time. There is never a hint of a Bayreuth bark about Pape’s voice—it is rich, deep, loud, like a fine Cabernet Sauvignon. When he first came on the opera scene everyone swooned over that beautiful voice…
Mendelssohn, Fauré, Gareth Glyn, Michael Csanyi-Wills, Beethoven: Welsh Sinfonia, Mark Eager (conductor). Doris Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff. 27.9.2014 (PCG) Mendelssohn – Hebrides Overture (Fingal’s Cave), Op.26 Fauré – Pavane in F sharp minor, Op…
Who was Závodszky Zoltán ? A friend sent a link to an hour long documentary about him, with lots of clips and rare photos, but it’s all in Hungarian. Help, please !From what we’ve been able to gather, Závodszky (1892-1976) was a famous Hungarian tenor, who specialized in Wagner, singing mainly in Hungarian translation…
Opening its 13th season, Symphony Silicon Valley took a trip with Hector Berlioz, that composer of delicious brews — of fantastical reveries and rustic dances, of strange dramatic narratives. The weekend program included his ‘Harold in Italy,’ featuring viola soloist Patricia Whaley, as well as works by Respighi and Verdi…
It’s exciting to see an opera come to life, bit by bit. Raúl Rico has been sending me pictures of the opera in progress: here is a shot of the set from Act 1 being built. I’m fairly sure it’s going to be a boat!
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