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Chorus director to leave Covent Garden + MORE

The Italian conductor Renato Balsadonna has let it be known that he’s tired of London, or at least of the Royal Opera House. He will leave a year from now. An advert for his successor went out today. photo (c) Neil Gillespie .... More »
strings

Concert Pile-Up Weekend + MORE

Yes, it's the weekend after Thanksgiving and there are too many concerts (and other events) to attend.Adler Fellows Gala Concert (The Future is Now), Friday, Herbst Theater, SF; a chance to say "I knew them when...."SF Bach Choir, Christmas by Candlelight, with The Whole Noyse, Friday & SundayPh.... More »
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Andsnes; Berliner Philharmonike/Orozco-Estrada: Strauss, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich + MORE

Strauss R., Macbeth, Op.23Rachmaninov, Piano Concerto no. 4 in G minor, Op.40Shostakovich, Symphony no. 5 in D minor, Op.47Philharmonie, 18 May 2017This concert, as the programme told us, featured composers who all were hits, one way or another, with their public – and, I suppose, other subsequent.... More »
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We’re halfway + MORE

Another real contrast in styles with conductors numbers three and four in the running order and it came across particularly in the way they approached their respective concertos. First, Jiri Rozen, content to sit back somewhat in the Sibelius, neat in the way he gave his cues, always in control and .... More »
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Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Finland + MORE

This most remote and intense of international music events featured a wealth of gems and surprises.... More »

Opera funds of $32m in the frame

– www.theaustralian.com.au

AUSTRALIAN opera companies will go under the microscope as part of a national review.

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Silly season

– briandickie.typepad.com

We always used to regard this July – August period as down time, the "silly season", when nothing much happened and we could all relax and play.  Then I went to work at Glyndebourne for 27 years and everything changed.  And now I am back being silly again………so you will I hope excuse me for my lapses!
I missed out on the Welsh National Opera Moses and Aaron which visited Covent Garden last week, which I regret…

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Pianist Richard Goode returns to Learning to Listen to discuss Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 31, Op. 110.

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Andriessen’s De Staat coming to Peckham

– johnsonsrambler.wordpress.com

Too much work, school holidays, home building work going on, don’t think I’m going to get time to do a proper Secret Music for August. But it would be remiss of me if I didn’t draw your attention at least to the return of the Multi-Story Orchestra to Peckham Car Park on 7 and 8 … Continue reading →

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Adriana Lecouvreur

– www.planethugill.com

Adriana LecouvreurCheryl Barker and Peter Autyphoto credit Fritz Curzon Cilea Adriana Lecouvreur, Cheryl Barker, Peter Auty, Manlio Benzi; Opera Holland Park Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jul 26 2014 Star rating: 4.0Stylish 1940’s setting for Cilea’s lyrical operaTwelve years after their first production of the opera, Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur made a welcome return to Opera Holland Park (we saw the second performance, 27 July 2014)…

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SALZBURG Austria (Reuters) – The Berlin-born Jewish artist Charlotte Salomon left behind a body of watercolors and text she called “Life? or Theatre?” before she was killed at Auschwitz in 1943 at age 26, carrying her unborn child.

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Opera Australia mourns popular Italian coach

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Opera Australia mourns popular Italian coachRenato Fresia-Verdino, who coached singers at Opera Australia for 25 years, died suddenly on Sunday of a heart attack. He was 64.
Renato had also taught singers in New Zealand and Wales. A a kid in Rome, he played crowd scenes in Ben Hur.
Tribute here.
 

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Richard Addinsell: The Admirable Crichton

– landofllostcontent.blogspot.com

Richard Addinsell: The Admirable CrichtonRichard Addinsell (1904-1977) is known universally for his magnificent parody of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 for the wartime film Dangerous Moonlight (1941) – the ‘Warsaw Concerto’. Addinsell was prolific in writing film music with an excess of 50 credits on the International Movie Database…

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The Triumph of Truth and Time

– www.planethugill.com

The Triumph of Truth and Time Handel The Triumph of Time and Truth; Ludus Baroque, Richard Neville-Towle; Delphian Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jul 22 2014 Star rating: 4.0Rare outing on disc for Handel’s final oratorio.Handel’s The Triumph of Truth and Time has had something of a poor reception from Handel commentators. The 1757 oratorio came at the very end of Handel’s composing life, and quite how active a role he took in the work’s creation is something of a moot point…

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Otello Reaches Harbour in Glory

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Verdi Otello at Opera på Skäret. Soloists, Opera på Skäret’s Chorus and Orchestra, Marcello Mottadelli,  (conductor). Kopparberg, 26.7.2014 (Premiere I) (GF) Cast: Production: Direction: William Relton Stage design and costumes: Cordelia Chisholm Mask design and wigs: Robin Karlsson Lighting design: Simon Corder     Mounting Verdi’s masterpiece Otello is a hazardous task for any opera […]

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The plot is mesmerising but finding music to match Wilde’s wit proves a challenge in Lowell Liebermann’s modernist opera

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Tomb raider

– parterre.com

Tomb raiderDespite the continued popularity of Der Freischütz in German-speaking countries, are the magical mature operas of Carl Maria von Weber otherwise really so problematic, their libretti so unwieldy to explain their continued absence from the world’s stages? The enthusiastic ovations Sunday afternoon that greeted the conclusion of the second performance of the first US staging of Euryanthe in nearly a century at Bard Summerscape suggested that perhaps a reconsideration of Weber may be underway…

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A Bach sermon on the mount

– davidnice.blogspot.com

A Bach sermon on the mountAny priest would be glad of the Utopian congregation – young and old, citizens of many nations and thence of the world – who attended Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Bach lecture in the courtyard of Montepulciano’s Palazzo Ricci, home to the altruistic-sounding, Cologne-born European Academy of Music and Arts…

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