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Nézet-Séguin and Opera Music Directors + MORE

No "news" at all that Yannick Nézet-Séguin has been named next Music Director of the New York Metropolitan Opera. The real news is: what the Met wants from a Music Director. What YSN is as a conductor has little relevance in comparison to what he could or couldn't do for the Met.  Fortunately.... More »

SF Opera Summer 2016 Cast Changes + MORE

Ellie Dehn (pictured left) replaces Nadine Sierra as Micaëla in the first cast of San Francisco Opera's Carmen, which opens May 27, 2016. Tenor Maxim Aksenov makes his War Memorial Opera House debut in the alternate cast as Don José replacing Riccardo Massi. Both Sierra and Massi are withdra.... More »
symphonies news

Georgia Spiropoulos + MORE

The Athens-born composer was featured at this year's ManiFeste festival at IRCAM: her 2010 theatre piece The Bacchae, the opening of which can be seen above, appeared alongside two new pieces, Membranes, for timpani, and Roll... n'Roll... n'Roll, for harp and live electronics, both o.... More »

Iphigénie en Tauride review – fierce passion, pity and terror + MORE

Hackney Empire, LondonEnglish Touring Opera’s production of Gluck’s tragedy is terrific, with Catherine Carby’s Iphigénie a standoutJames Conway’s English Touring Opera production of Iphigénie en Tauride opens with a group of women in butchers’ aprons hacking a man to pieces as his blood.... More »

Handel Theodora Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Handel Theodora Théâtre des Champs-ElyséesHandel Theodora, HVW 68 (1749) recorded live at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées on10 Feb 2014, and broadcast yesterday, is available on demand now on France Musique til 14 April. It’s in English, of course, and rather good. Harry Bicket conducts The English Concert. Soloists are : Rosemary Joshua, Sarah Connolly, Kurt Streit, Tim Mead, Neal Davies,  Steven Caldicott Wilson,and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street.

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In Brief: Winter in Spring Edition

– ionarts.blogspot.com

Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio, online video, and other good things in Blogville and Beyond. (After clicking to an audio or video stream, press the "Play" button to start the broadcast.) Some of these streams become unavailable after a few days.
Watch more concerts in the complete cycle of Bach’s harpsichord works, including concerts by Rinaldo Alessandrini,

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A Kent pub is closing to drinkers for the day to return to its origins – as an opera house.

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Barbara Luisi: Photographing the Night and the NudeBarbara Luisi was the first photographer to be featured on gramilano, and as the years pass we love her work more and more. Other photographers to be found here work as dance photographers being that dance, opera and classical music are the main focus of this blog. Yet Luisi doesn’t take photographs of dancers, and only the occasional musician — her husband, conductor Fabio Luisi, being an obvious subject — but as a musician herself, a violinist, she captures atmospheres rather as a musician conjures up special worlds with sound…

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Lorin Maazel encouraged hard, brassy playing and brought out the bombast in Strauss’s Eine Alpensymphonie and Also sprach Zarathustra

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Miscellany for the second day of spring

– www.therestisnoise.com

Adrian Lester as Ira Aldridge. Photo: Tristram Kenton.
Photo: Tristram Kenton
Photo: Tristram Kenton
Michael Henson, the CEO of the Minnesota Orchestra, is finally stepping aside. Norman Lebrecht says it best: "His handling of the conflict will be taught for years in college as a negative object lesson in arts management…

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ISM uses crowd-funding for Sistema England commissionThe Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) is planning to commission a new work from by Kirsty Devaney, a young composer based in Birmingham, to be premiered at ISM’s annual conference in Birmingham on 16 April 2014. The work, for strings and percussion, will be performed young musicians who are part of the In Harmony projects in Liverpool and Telford & Stoke-on-Trent supported by Sistema England…

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Seeing death through eyes of others

– www.theaustralian.com.au

RARELY does a composer choose to tempt fate like Andrew Ford does in his newest work, Last Words.

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Hear the students from Opus 118, The Harlem Chamber Players & 12-year-old Cellist Sujari Britt, St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 3 PMSt. Mary’s Episcopal Church521 West 126th StreetNew York, NY 10027Between Broadway and AmsterdamClick here for directions. Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 3 PM Hear the highly acclaimed students from Opus 118 and meet the founder and master teacher Roberta Guaspari, the inspiration behind the award-winning documentary “Small Wonders” and Miramax’s film, “Music of the Heart,” starring Meryl Streep…

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Girls-only course aims to tackle shortage of female conductorsEight teenagers take part in three-weekend course after furore over first woman to conduct Last Night of the PromsThe podium is merely inches above the classroom floor and the orchestra is made up of two pianos. But for Pip Scott, a 17-year-old music student more used to the brass section than the baton, an early attempt at conducting this modest ensemble soon ends in a tangle of hands and a shake of the head to halt the music…

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Inside tip: Gloom for DC as Eschy gets new contract

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Inside tip: Gloom for DC as Eschy gets new contractOrch insiders tell us that Christoph Eschenbach’s contract as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra is to be renewed tomorrow. Eschy is the third highest paid maestro in the US, on $1.93 million a year. He has received some of the worst reviews of any top stick this past year. A sizeable part of […]

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Uncommon Handel: Surprisingly Rewarding

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Handel: Handelfest 2014, Soloists and Chorus of the American Classical Orchestra, Thomas Crawford (Director), Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, 19.3.2014 (SSM) Concerto a due cori in B-flat major, HWV 332 Concerto a due cori in F major, HWV 333 Jubilate, HWV 279 Alceste, HWV 45 Soloists: Jubilate Solange Merdinian Amanda Crider Timothy McDevitt […]

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Macbeth review: Scottish Opera's awkward compromiseCitizens, GlasgowInstead of Verdi’s full orchestra we get a chamber ensemble – an awkward compromise in terms of timbre and balanceWith its regular home (the Theatre Royal), currently under construction, Scottish Opera has migrated south of the Clyde to the Citizens theatre for its latest production…

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