The concerts where a girl says, Yes! + MORE Dec 24th

 

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Outcast Malaysian Philharmonic is ordered to pay $147,000 to sacked manager + MORE

The Kuala Lumpur orchestra, owned by a state oil company and boycotted by musicians the world over for its summary dismissals, has lost an important unfair dismissal case against its former manager, Kim Sargent. The MPO has been ordered by an industrial court to pay him US$147,000 within 30 days. Th.... More »
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Dallas remake axed by US TV network + MORE

Dallas, the remake of the classic 1980s US TV soap opera, is cancelled after three seasons by cable and satellite network TNT..... More »
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Born to be Vlad + MORE

On this day in 1476, Vlad the Impaler (Dracula) defeated Basarab Laiota with the help of Stephen the Great and Stephen V Báthory and became the ruler of Wallachia for the third time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bNmNniIDsk Born on this day in 1916 tenor Gerhard Unger http://www.youtube.com/.... More »
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Why Rashida Jones invited Robin Thicke to junior high prom and then dumped him + MORE

Actress and producer Rashida Jones grew up with a few famous friends, even riding the school bus with Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie. The "Angie Tribeca" star tells Sunday TODAY's Willie Geist about the time she asked Robin Thicke to the junior high prom, but then bailed on him..... More »
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A ‘mobile opera’ takes over Los Angeles + MORE

A Los Angeles-based opera company called The Industry has been in operation for only a few years, but they’re already making waves for their interactive and immersive productions. And their latest undertaking —Hopscotch — is certainly no exception. It is being billed as ‘a mobil.... More »

Covent Garden’s Carmen Has Spectacle but Little High Drama

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 Bizet, Carmen: Soloists and Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Daniel Oren /(conductor), Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 21.12.2013 (JPr)   Cast: Carmen: Christine Rice Don José: Yonghoon Lee Escamillo: Kostas Smoriginas Micaëla: Sarah Fox Frasquita: Anush Hovhannisyan Mercédès: Rachel Kelly Le Dancaïre: Adrian Clarke Le Remendado: Stuart Patterson Luniga: […]

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French music director quits after one term

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French music director quits after one termThe conductor and violinist Jean-Jacques Kantorow has had enough of Orléans. He has just told the orchestra he’s leaving when his contract is up next June. No reason given. He has recommended Marius Stieghorst as his successor. Stieghorst is presently assistant music director at the Paris Opera.

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The best albums of 2013: Andrew Clements' and Tim Ashley's classical albums of the yearIt was a year of rediscoveries and reappraisals, magnificent performances and exquisite surprises, say our critics• See all our Best Albums of 2013 coverage hereEisler: Ernste Gesänge; Songs; Piano Sonata – Goerne/Larcher/Ensemble Resonanz (Harmonia Mundi)The gravely beautiful, achingly poignant Ernste Gesänge, completed just a few weeks before Hanns Eisler’s death in 1962, was the great discovery of the year for me…

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In a concert that made emotional as well as intellectual sense, Edward Gardner showed how Wagner changed musical history

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Sophie’s choices

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Soprano Sophie Bevan gives BBC News her top 10 tips for becoming an opera star.
Or does she? Looks as if someone might have made up a few after reading Sophie's interview. Anyway, here they are:
1. Sing every day
2. Don't record Ave Maria as a child
3. Get a teacher and immerse yourself in the world of opera
4…

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The concerts where a girl says, Yes!

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The concerts where a girl says, Yes!While auditioning for the concertmaster’s post at Chattanooga, Holly Mulcahy sniffed something in the air-conditioning  and recognised it as romance. What’s going on? she asked when they gave her the job. Here’s what she found out:     There have been over 20 blind dates in the past year at our Chattanooga Symphony & Opera […]

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Metropolitan Opera artist Latonia Moore returns to Hamburg State Opera to sing the title role in Mme Butterfly on four events in January 2014Latonia Moore (Dallas Opera/Kilponen)John Malveauxofwww.MusicUNTOLD.comwrites:After her well acclaimed role debut of Aida in Hamburg in 2010, Metropolitan Opera artist Latonia Moore will now return to Hamburg State Opera to sing the title role, which she did before, in Mme Butterfly on four events in January 2014 in Hamburg…

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Day 23 — Weihnachtslied

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Day 23 — WeihnachtsliedStrauss was apparently around six years old when he wrote this setting of the 18th-century poet Christian Friedrich Daniel Schubart’s ‘Weihnachtslied’. As you might expect from the young composer, this is not one of Strauss’s most complex compositions, yet the achievement is still remarkable, given his age…

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TT: Ten books that have stayed with me

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• W. Jackson Bate, Samuel Johnson • David Cairns, Berlioz • Otis Ferguson, The Film Criticism of Otis Ferguson •…

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Hall One, Kings PlaceMass in B minor, BWV 232Malin Christensson (soprano)Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano)William Towers (counter-tenor)Joshua Ellicott (tenor)Benedict Nelson (baritone)Aurora OrchestraChoir of Clare College, Cambridge (director of music: Graham Ross)Nicholas Collon (conductor)  And so, Kings Place’s year-long series, ‘Bach Unwrapped’, came to a close with one of the towering masterpieces of Western civilisation, the B minor Mass…

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BBC SO/Gardner, Barbican Hall - music reviewNo taking it easy in the run-up to Christmas for the BBC Symphony Orchestra. The programme for this, its final concert of the year, focused on bringing the Wagner bicentenary to a close, and there’s not much seasonal good cheer in Wagner.

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Royal Ballet/Jewels, Royal Opera House - dance reviewShock, horror: a ballet at Christmas-time that isn’t the Nutcracker! If dancing mice and snowflakes don’t do it for you, the Royal Ballet is offering an alternative in the shape of George Balanchine’s abstract triptych Jewels, from 1967, a much more grown-up ballet, though still a suitably sparkly tribute to the season.

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Bach Mass in B Minor at Kings Place

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Bach Mass in B Minor at Kings PlaceAs the culmination of King’s Place’s year long exploration of Bach’s music, Bach Unwrapped, there was a performance Bach’s Mass in B Minor on Saturday 21 December 2013. The events of Bach Unwrapped not only explored Bach’s music but different styles of performance. The Mass in B Minor was performed by the Aurora Orchestra (performing on modern instruments) and the choir of Clare College, Cambridge (director Graham Ross), conducted by Nicholas Collon with soloists Malin Christensson, Jennifer Johnson, William Towers, Joshua Ellicott and Benedict Nelson…

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