Tosca – review + MORE Sep 23rd


Today’s News & Buzz


Latest News & Posts
classical music recital

Czech Philharmonic Comes to Fairfax + MORE

Many thanks to Robert R. Reilly for this review from the GMU Center for the Arts. Dvořák, Complete Symphonies and Concertos, Czech Philharmonic, J. Bělohlávek (Decca, 2014) At the George Mason University Center for the Arts on Friday evening, November 14, 2014, the Czech Philharmonic, under.... More »

Rameau to Reich: Les Siècles at the Aldeburgh Festival + MORE

François-Xavier Roth and Les SièclesFrançois-Xavier Roth and his ensemble, Les Siècles, are perhaps best remembered for their performance of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring at the BBC Proms in 2013, in a programme that ranged from Lully to Stravinsky with each era played on instruments of the period.... More »

Steve Reich at 80: a Cambridge chat + MORE

Delighted today to bring you a Q&A with Steve Reich, an interview conducted by Justin Lee, the director of the Cambridge Music Festival and generously offered to JDCMB, for which many thanks. Next week the legendary (though very real) American composer is on the UK leg of his 80th.... More »
classical music

Wonderful Singing but Lame and Lacklustre Falstaff Revival + MORE

Verdi, Falstaff: Soloists, Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper, Bayerisches Staatsorchester / Asher Fisch (conductor), Nationaltheater, 19.3.2017. (MC) Verdi, Falstaff Production: Direction – Eike Gramss Sets and costumes – Gottfried Pilz Lighting – Manfred Voss Cast: Sir John Falstaff – Ambrog.... More »

Matthew Shilvock Next SF Opera General Director + MORE

Matthew Shilvock (pictured left, photograph by Cory Weaver) has been named General Director of San Francisco Opera and will become the Company's seventh director on August 1, 2016 with a five-year contract through July 2021. Mr. Shilvock is currently SF Opera's Associate General Director .... More »
Mostly Symphonies 24: Schnittke’s TenGrant Chu Covell
[September 2013.]

“The Ten Symphonies.” Alfred SCHNITTKE: Symphony No. 0 (1956-57)0; Symphony No. 1 (1972)1; Symphony No. 2, “St. Florian” (1979-80)2; Symphony No. 3 (1981)3; Symphony No. 4 (1984)4; Concerto Grosso No. 4 – Symphony No. 5 (1988)5; Symphony No. 6 (1992)6; Symphony No…

Continue Reading On »

Windows into Tristan & Isolde, Royal Opera House - music reviewLibrettist Mike Phillips must have enjoyed updating Richard Wagner’s opera, about a man desperate to conceal the fact that he murdered his lover’s fiancé, to the present day. The tragedy’s topical element of economic migration suited this time-shift perfectly but that’s where all resemblance to the original ends…

Continue Reading On »



NunsenseSo Christine Brewer has fired her agent at IMG for, the soprano says, “multi-booking” her next spring for The Sound of Music at Lyric Opera of Chicago and a concert gig with the St. Louis Symphony. This smells fishy to me.
Why would Brewer sign the contract with LOC and allow her name to be announced as far back as July 29 if she knew she had a St…

Continue Reading On »

Bryn Terfel finds not just malevolence but genuine tenderness in Puccini’s arch-villain, says David Fanning.    

Continue Reading On »

José Mauricio Nunes Garcia, Afro-Brazilian Composer and Organist, Born September 22, 1767

[Sacred Music of José Mauricio Nunes Garcia; The University of Texas at Austin Chamber Singers; James Morrow, conductor; Longhorn Music LHM2007003 (2010)]

José Mauricio Nunes Garcia

José Mauricio Nunes Garcia (1767-1830) was an Afro-Brazilian composer and church organist, born September 22, 1767, who was the grandson of slaves…

Continue Reading On »

Watch Now: The Colón Ring - Wagner in Buenos Aires

A fascinating documentary on the making of this, what became “drama filled” production – both on and off the stage.

In German and English with English subtitles. 96 minute running time. In two parts. Trailer below to help decide whether you wish to watch the entire thing. Recommended

The documentary  film “Der Colón Ring – Wagner in Buenos Aires”, directed by Hans Christoph von Bock, follows each step of the unusual production…

Continue Reading On »

Cameron Watson plays C P E Bach and Beethoven, heard by Andrew Schartmann. ‘… nothing can save Watson from his erratic and ill-conceived interpretation of the music …’

Continue Reading On »

Vacuum packed opera


Yesterday Peter Gelb, the General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera wrote for Bloomberg: Throughout its distinguished 129-year history, the Met has never dedicated a single performance to a political or social cause, no matter how important or just. Our messaging has always been through art. You can read the rest of his argument for not […]

Continue Reading On »

This week: concerts in New York (September 23 – September 29, 2013)Hotel Elefant | Ear Heart MusicHotel ElefantEar Heart Music opens its second season at Roulette with Hotel Elefant performing music inspired by themes of extremities, brilliance, and shadow. The concert features music by Richard Carrick, including the world premiere of Prisoner’s Cinema, commissioned by the ensemble…

Continue Reading On »

Vivid vim and vigour - the Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival

The Old Palace,
Hatfield House

Friday 20 September saw the opening concert of the second Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival, whose artistic director is cellist Guy Johnston. The festival had started the previous day with an education event at St Etheldreda’s Church in Old Hatfield. Friday night’s concert took place at the Old Palace at Hatfield House…

Continue Reading On »

LA Opera's 'The Magic Flute' Casts Lawrence Brownlee as Tamino and Janai Brugger as Pamina, Nov. 23-Dec. 15, 2013

Lawrence Brownlee (LA Opera)

Janai Brugger

sends this news for the 2013-2014 LA Opera Season:

The Magic Flute (Nov. 23 ̵ Dec. 15, 2013)

Tenor Lawrence Brownlee makes his LA Opera debut as Tamino opposite the Pamina of Janai Brugger (Musetta in La Bohème, 2012; LA Opera Young Artist Program alumna)

LA Opera

Lawrence Brownlee


Lawrence Brownlee is
one of the most consistently sought-after artists on the international

Continue Reading On »

Tosca – review


Tosca – reviewMillennium Centre, CardiffAs if matching the Welsh National Opera’s Tudor trilogy, this new Puccini has upped the gore countBy comparison with the glare surrounding Welsh National Opera’s Tudor trilogy, Puccini’s Tosca has seemed like the autumn season’s afterthought. But, with two queens already dispatched to the execution block in the former, there’s also a bit more blood and gore than previously in this revival of Michael Blakemore’s 1992 production…

Continue Reading On »

Elektra – Royal Opera House – the director speaks


Elektra - Royal Opera House - the director speaks“Opera directing is very different to theatre directing,” Charles Edwards, director of Elektra at the Royal Opera House, told me in 2008.  “It has to be the music that motivates you.” In this second revival, Andris Nelsons is conducting, which alone almost guarantees an absorbing musical experience…

Continue Reading On »

Leave A Comment