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Those who enjoyed (at least aurally) the Met’s recent La Donna del Lago may be craving more of the master from Pesaro, so 2015’s final “Trove Thursday” presents Torvaldo e Dorliska featuring stylish Rossinians Lella Cuberli, Lucia Valentini-Terrani (pictured), Pietro Bottazzo and Enzo Dara. .... More »
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Prom 65: Paloma Faith review endearingly camp retro-soul pastiche + MORE

Royal Albert Hall, LondonMotown beats and soul mannerisms mark Faith's entertaining Proms debutPaloma Faith seems to have become an omnipresent showbiz star a kooky and charming presence on TV chat shows, Radio 2 and the tabloids without ever setting the singles chart alight. One suspects most of .... More »
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Daily Download: Hector Berlioz - Requiem: Rex tremendae + MORE

Get a free MP3 of Hector Berlioz - Requiem: Rex tremendae, performed by Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir; Elora Festival Orchestra..... More »
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Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci ROH + MORE

Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci  at the Royal Opera House. This Cav & Pag is worth seeing, even if it's pricey, because, in its quiet thoughtful way, it reminds us what opera is really about.  "Io sono il Prologo" a figure (Tonio) intones. What we are about to experience is an .... More »
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Britten Sinfonia Academy Aldeburgh Residency + MORE

Britten Sinfonia Academy have just returned from Snape Maltings where they joined Aldeburgh Young Musicians for an intensive week-long chamber orchestra course themed 'Britten Inspired'.The young musicians explored existing repertoire and also developed new material created by young AYM composers fo.... More »
By Nathan Cole: Watching Josh Bell play Sibelius Concerto in rehearsal with the LA Philharmonic today, from my usual seat two feet behind his back, I remembered a statement I’ve heard many times: “You know, most soloists wouldn’t get past the first round of a section audition.” This is one of those statements where truth is less important than intent…

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Holland

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I am in Amsterdam over this weekend. The primary purpose is to go to the concerts that my daughter’s school choir and orchestra will be giving in Amsterdam, De Rijp, and Vleuten. However I am also taking the opportunity to catch up with Alexander Oliver who is the now quite long standing director of the Dutch National Opera Academy…

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Opera star, Sir John Tomlinson, talks to John Allison about ageing, Wagner and Harrison Birtwistle’s 80th birthday celebrations

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Sergio A. Mims: TheArtsDesk.com: '10 Questions for Soprano Pretty Yende'Pretty Yende (Kim Fox)Sergio A. Mims sends this link:TheArtsDesk.comA wise, vivacious young singer on the journey from South Africa to La Scala and the Metby David Nice  Wednesday, 14 May 2014 Everyone who heard it must have been charmed by South African soprano Pretty Yende’s Radio 4 chat in which she recounted what hooked her on opera…

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Gheorghiu on Pereira: He’s always been strange.
On the eve of her recital at La Scala, Angela Gheorghiu told the Corriere della Sera what she thinks of Alexander Pereira.
I can’t imagine why he’s done something so bizarre, naive, frankly incomprehensible. On the other hand all opera singers know him as a businessman, nothing more… certainly not an artistic director…

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If you haven’t yet come across Clément Doucet, meet him now. The pianist-creator of such pieces as ‘Chopinata’ and ‘Isoldina’ has been taken up and championed gorgeously by the likes of Marc-André Hamelin and Alexandre Tharaud, but his own recordings are stunners in no uncertain terms. I’ve just come across a few of Doucet’s pieces that are new to me…

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Colourful and Amusing Cenerentola from the Met

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 Rossini, La Cenerentola:  New York Metropolitan Opera / Fabio Luisi  (conductor). Live transmission to Komedia Cinema, Brighton, 10.5.14 (RB) Cast Clorinda: Rachelle Durkin Tisbe: Patricia Risley Angelina: Joyce DiDonato Alidoro: Luca Pisaroni Don Magnifico: Alessandro Corbelli Don Ramiro: Juan Diego Flórez : Pietro Spagnoli Production Production: Cesare Lievi Set and Costume Designer: Maurizio Balò Lighting […]

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Daniel Nass, who’s written about the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Zeitgeist for our site, is also a composer. Daniel shared some information with us about an exciting series of events he’s involved in.

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Constantin Frantz: Offener Brief an Richard WagnerVolltext aus dem Bayreuther Blätter, Juni 1878. Constantin Frantz (12. Sep 1817 – 2. Mai 1891) gehört ursprünglich um den Junghegelianer wie Max Stirner, David Strauß, Ludwig Feuerbach, Arnold Ruge sowie Marx und Engels. Später aber tritt Frantz von Hegelianismus zurrück und ging zu einer reaktionäre schellingianische Seite über…

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Gheorghiu on Pereira: He’s always been strange.
On the eve of her recital at La Scala, Angela Gheorghiu told the Corriere della Sera what she thinks of Alexander Pereira.
I can’t imagine why he’s done something so bizarre, naive, frankly incomprehensible. On the other hand all opera singers know him as a businessman, nothing more… certainly not an artistic director…

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The German soloist can do anything with his fiddle; that’s well established. Still, his performance of Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2 came as a fresh shock: his massive, earthy tone, razorlike rhythmic precision and saturating lyricism. And the acrobatics! Don’t miss this program, which repeats through Saturday at Davies Symphony Hall with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.

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Speak truth to power

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Speak truth to power
“Truth to Power”: That’s the name of a festival the Chicago Symphony is offering from May 22 to June 5, with the idea of highlighting “music’s ability to connect people and harness the power of shared experience,” and to “inspire justice and fairness.” 
The title, of course, is a shortening of “Speak truth to power,” one of the most powerful rallying cries in politics…

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The beautiful rooms are emptyIt appears that Mariame Clément’s conception of Don Pasquale is that the opera should be retitled Malatesta. During the overture a man is seen slinking in and out of three revolving rooms—Pasquale’s room, Ernesto’s room, and Norina’s apartment. Dr. Malatesta (Nikolay Borchev) is some vaguely sinister Casanova type who maliciously manipulates Don Pasquale (Alessandro Corbelli)…

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