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VIDEO: John Rutter on Christmas carols + MORE

Composer John Rutter talks to BBC Breakfast about Christmas carols, composing and conducting.... More »
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Il nome dello straniero + MORE

While they seemed made for each other as stage partners, Montserrat Caballé and Luciano Pavarotti sang relatively few performances together.  In addition to a single La bohème at the Met, the six-pack of Toscas which would mark Caballè’s farewell to the company, and the odd Ballo and Lui.... More »
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Ensemble. Alert Realisations + MORE

Christmas music from The Sitwell Singers, heard by Mike Wheeler.... More »
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Bayreuth Festival (5) - Parsifal, 24 August 2016 + MORE

Bayreuth FestspielhausAmfortas – Ryan McKinnyTiturel – Karl-Heinz LehnerGurnemanz – Georg ZeppenfeldParsifal – Klaus Florian VogtKlingsor – Gerd GrochowskiKundry – Elena PankratovaFirst Knight of the Grail – Tansel AkzeybekSecond Knight of the Grail – Timo RiihonenSquires – Alexand.... More »
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William Christie throws out audience member whose phone went off + MORE

At the national auditorium in Madrid, Wednesday’s performance of Handel’s Messiah was interrupted by a mobile phone going off in a side-row close to the stage during the aria, He was despised. ‘Out!’ yelled Christie at the phone owner. ‘You have just ruined one of the.... More »

Breaking: Concertgebouw announces new chief conductor

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Breaking: Concertgebouw announces new chief conductor
 
 
It’s…. Gatti!
Daniele Gatti will take over from Mariss Jansons next year.
The Italian conductor, 53, was being pursued by two Italian opera houses, but probably took the view that he had served his time there as music director in Bolgona in the 1990s. He was also one of the candidates to take over at the Vienna State Opera…

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San Francisco Opera’s general director David Gockley — one of the most influential American impresarios, a commissioner of new operas, a technology innovator and smart businessman — will step down in July 2016, after his tenth season with the company. He will program an additional two seasons beyond his official departure, however, and promises some big events: a 2018 revival of the company’s acclaimed ‘Ring’ Cycle, by Richard Wagner, as well as the return of Russian soprano Anna Netrebko.

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Gockley Announces Retirement

– operatattler.typepad.com

San Francisco Opera's General Director, David Gockley (pictured left, photograph by Terrence McCarthy), has announced his retirement in July 2016. He concludes a ten-year, seven-month tenure with the Company and a career spanning 44 years. Gockley, who will be 73 at the end of the 2015–2016 season, became the Company's sixth general director when he joined San Francisco Opera in January 2006…

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Well, there won’t be any complaints about performing this one in English – or should that be American. Thank heavens Richard Jones has made Puccini’s spaghetti western an operatic-home-counties-free-zone and got his cast delivering Kelley Rourke’s translation with enough of a trans-Atlantic drawl to affect a colloquial tang…

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Richard Jones’s simple, sincere approach to Puccini’s masterpiece is a winning formula, says Rupert Christiansen

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David Gockley, one of the most innovative and adventurous leaders in the American opera world, will retire in July 2016.

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Royal Academy of Music Opera

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The opera program at the RAM has got off to a very quick start just three weeks into their with a two hour programme of scenes which was somewhat blighted by the illness of their best young people Emily Vine and Bradley Smith.  But, resourceful as ever, Jane Glover and her team improvised with valiant performances at a day's notice from Christopher Diffey and Christine Buras from the side of the stage, with Emily and Bradley acting …

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University of San Diego, The Vista: Fleming displays full range of talent in his “New Rag”Scott Joplin (c.1867-1917) was an African American Composer and Pianist of Ragtime and Classical Music who wrote three operas and is featured at AfriClassical.com Robert Barry Fleming exhibits his wide array of talents in his one-man play, “Scott Joplin’s New Rag.”University of San DiegoThe VistaOctober 3, 2014KEVIN KARNARTS & CULTURE EDITORThe Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company premiered its final play of the 2014 season, “Scott Joplin’s New Rag,” last Thursday, Sept…

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Pianist Lara Downes: Video featuring WQXR's Terrance McKnight on 'Billie Holiday Songbook' scheduled for release on the Steinway Records label in FebruaryLara Downes writes:Dear friends!I’m writing with an update on my Billie Holiday Songbook project, scheduled for release on the Steinway Records label in February. Detailed program information, and a project video featuring WQXR’s Terrance McKnight, are available for your perusal here: http://www…

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Here are comments about the David Gockley era by soprano Patricia Racette, who has performed in many operas in companies he has led, and director Francesca Zambello, who conceived the 2011 ‘Ring’ cycle at War Memorial Opera House, as well as the ‘Show Boat’ revival and other productions during Gockley’s tenure at San Francisco Opera.

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The Barber of Philadelphia

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The Barber of Philadelphia Opera Philadelphia’s production of The Barber of Seville is an everything-but-the-castanets Spanish extravaganza. Loosely inspired by Pedro Almodovar’s Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, it largely sustains a manic, self-consciously kitschy style, anchored by Jennifer Holloway (Rosina) and Kevin Burdette (Bartolo), two singers with excellent comic skills…

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The Girl of the Golden West review  true to Puccinis California dreamColiseum, LondonENOs version of the opera comes close to sending up the action but its detailed portrayal of the mining community is compellingYou could, I suppose, convincingly transplant Puccinis goldrush opera to an oil-boom town in Scotland or Norway towards the end of the 20th century, but the sense of place in La Fanciulla del West, The Girl of the Golden West in ENOs version, is so pervasive that even Richard Jones keeps his new production firmly rooted in the California mountains…

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 Schubert and Rihm: Christian Gerhaher (baritone), Gerold Huber (piano), Chan Centre, Vancouver, BC. 28.9.2014 (GN) Schubert: Sehnsucht D.123 Hoffnung D.295 Wonne der Mehmut D.260 An den Mond D.296 Geheimes D.719 Rastlose Liebe D.138 Nachtgesang D.119 Schafers Klagelied D.121 Prometheus D.674 Mahomets Gesang D…

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