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Review: ‘Hadestown’ Reanimates a Well-Known Myth + MORE

The classic story of Orpheus and Eurydice has been told for centuries, and now it has become a folk opera by the gifted songwriter Anaïs Mitchell..... More »
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Philharmonia/Nelsons review – breathtaking Bruckner's Eighth + MORE

Royal Festival Hall, LondonAided by eloquent playing, Andris Nelsons was alive to the composer’s uncertainty in a lithe and at times mesmerising performanceBruckner was notoriously uncertain about some of his own symphonies. Perhaps that partly explains why these works can withstand such very diff.... More »
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Classical Music News - Harry Rabinowitz (1916-2016) + MORE

British conductor and composer Harry Rabinowitz died in June 2016.... More »
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Budapest Thrills to a Dramatic Faust Festival + MORE

 Gounod, Busoni  Faust 225 Festival, Hungarian State Opera, Orchestra and Chorus, State Opera House, Budapest (Festival ran 17 May to 1 June) (RD) Gounod Faust d Michał Znaniecki, c Maurizio Benini Dario Schmunk (Faust), Gábor Bretz (Mephistophélès), Andrea Rost (Marguerite) 21 May Busoni,Do.... More »
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John Malveaux: Lawrence Brownlee Sings 'Count Almaviva' in Rossini's 'Il Barbiere di Siviglia' at Metropolitan Opera Noon EST December 6, 2014 + MORE

Lawrence Brownlee(Los Angeles Opera)John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:Lawrence Brownlee will sing Count Almaviva in Rossini Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Metroplitan Opera. Performance schedule include 12 noon EST broadcast of December 6, 2014 per.... More »
Proms 2014: The shadow of war, Strauss and sentimentThis year’s Proms season is full of interest and perhaps a few missed
opportunities, while – as ever – British music old and new will be well
represented, writes Martin Kettle News: Pet Shop Boys, CBeebies and Military Wives among Proms debutsThe 2013 Proms were an extremely hard act to follow, with last years first Proms Ring cycle conducted by Daniel Barenboim, and Marin Alsop making overdue history as the first woman in charge of the Last Night…

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Sleep no more

– parterre.com

Sleep no moreThe long slumbers of Brünnhilde and La Cieca are finally at their respective ends as we continue “El Anillo” from the Mike Richter collection with the third act of Siegfried.
Wagner: Siegfried, Act Three
Teatro Colón, October 12, 1962
Der Wanderer: Hans Hotter
Erda: Marga Höffgen
Siegfried: Hans Hopf
Brünnhilde: Birgit Nilsson
Conductor: Heinz Wallberg
Download audio file (colon_siegfried_act_3…

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ArtsBeat: Ben Heppner to Retire From SingingMr. Heppner, the leading Wagnerian tenor of his generation, said that he is retiring from opera and concert singing.

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WASO makes a run for venue

– www.theaustralian.com.au

A BATTLE is looming over the Perth Concert Hall as the West Australian Symphony Orchestra seeks to wrest management.

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Carlos Acosta brings a touch of Cuba to the Royal Opera stageRoyal Ballet Principal Carlos Acosta will bring Cubanía, a programme of Cuban dance inspired by his homeland, to the Royal Opera House in July. The mixed programme contains world premieres and award-winning contemporary dance which will be accompanied by a live onstage Cuban house band. Cubanía is devised by Acosta and he will perform during the evening…

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John Malveaux: African Americans for Los Angeles Opera: Seminar on William Grant Still - February 9, 2014 YouTube Video (7:07)MARK BROYARD / AEROS PIERCE perform ‘MY WORLD’ (YouTube.com)William Grant Still Seminar February 9, 2014 John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com sends this link:Seminar on William Grant Still – February 9, 2014 Videohttp://www.operaleague.org/AfricanAmericansforLAOpera/tabid/257/Default…

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Favourite TED talks of all timeTEDx Sydney takes place on Sunday at the Sydney Opera House. We asked some of the speakers involved to nominate their favourite TED talks of all time.

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An absurd complex of inferiority to the symphony orchestraMuch trumpeting from Sony about a Billboard classical chart number one for Iranian composer Hafez Nazeri’s Rumi Symphony which “crosses cultural boundaries through a new universal blending of Eastern and Western classical music”. That PR speak sets the alarm bells ringing, because as one of the leading exponents of traditional Middle Eastern music, Julien Jaleddin Weiss, explains:”European stringed instruments (violin, viola, cello, double bass) were integrated relatively recently into oriental ensembles, to the point where they have acquired a dominant, indeed overwhelming position…

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ArtsBeat: Berlin Philharmonic Starts Its Own Record LabelThe orchestra has long been associated with some of the most prestigious labels in the industry.

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As Gerald Moore famously remarked, Strauss’ Ständchen is considerably easier to play in the original key of F# major than in transposed keys (the F major middle key is fiendishly difficult). Here are Christiane Karg and Malcolm Martineau performing the song (in the original key) for their recent Strauss recording on Berlin Classics…

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Composer Julian Anderson and librettist Frank McGuinness on turning Sophocles’ Oedipus into a taut musical drama at ENO

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Nazi Opera Conspiracies: A Kinship with the Goldhagen Hypothesis and Occult Reich Conspiracy TheoriesOf all writings that help us to understand the historical background to Richard Wagner’s views on the Jews, there are perhaps few more enlightening than Ordinary Germans and the Longest Hatred found in the book Rereading German History by Sir Richard J. Evans: a brilliant and spellbinding collection of essays that make for essential background reading for anyone who wishes to read or write about Richard Wagner in historical context…

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Mary Costanza plays Bach, heard by Gerald Fenech. ‘… wholly impressive and full of lively ideas …’

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