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On the Air This Week + MORE

Highlights from July 15 to 22 Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: Imogen Cooper plays Schubert, from a Chopin Society recital. Friday, 8 pm: Minnesota Orchestra: Mozart and Rachmaninoff. Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: From the Mailbag. Sunday, noon: From the....... More »
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Fiddler on the Roof at Grange Park Opera. + MORE

Bryn Terfel and ensemble, Fiddler on the Roof, Grange Park Opera - photo credit Robert Workman Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick, Joseph Stein Fiddler on the Roof; Bryn Terfel, Janet Fullerlove, Charlotte Harwood, Katie Hall, Molly Lynch, Rebecca Wheatley, Anthony Flaum, Jordan Simon Pollard, dir: Antho.... More »
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Of all the queens that ever lived I’d choose you + MORE

Born on this day in 1879 composer Rudolf Friml.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=UO40WAQqrAk Born on this day in 1863 composer Pietro Mascagni. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VX3yBgfccs Born on this day in 1887 composer Ernst Toch. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7x0lqd3ohc Born on this day in 1906 mezzo-soprano .... More »
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London English Song Festival 2014 + MORE

Judith Weirphoto credit Chris ChristodoulouThe London English Song Festival was started in 2011 by Artistic Director William Vann to promote and celebrate the wide and varied repertoire of English Song.This year's festival kicks off on the 5th June at St James Piccadilly with the Irish mezzo-soprano.... More »
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Facing the music: Steven Isserlis + MORE

Grand-scale Faurée, the intimacy of the Kurtágs, du Pré’s Elgar and Radu Lupu’s Schubert - the cellist on his musical passionsHow do you mostly listen to music?I find myself listening to recorded music most often through the tiny speakers of my clapped-out computer. The quality of recorded so.... More »

Paris Opera 2014 – 2015 season confirmed

– intermezzo.typepad.com

The opera world's worst-kept secret is finally out. The 2014-2015 Paris Opera schedule released officially this morning largely confirms what was leaked on a Japanese website in January.
Although it will be Stéphane Lissner's first season in charge, the unadventurous programming bears the imprint of current incumbent Nicolas Joel…

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Smash Hit – Elgar, London Coliseum

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Smash Hit - Elgar, London ColiseumOn Monday, 11th June 1917, at what was then a music hall and is now the London Coliseum, Edward Elgar’s Fringes of the Fleet received its premiere. Smash hit! Initially part of a Variety performance that repeated twice daily – imagine – the songs proved so popular that the run was extended week after week, and the show toured, returning to London at the end of the year…

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La Fille du Regiment with Patrizia Ciofi and Juan Diego FlorezJuan Diego Flore, Patrizia Ciofi(C) Catherine Ashmore Donizetti La Fille du Regiment: Patrizia Ciofi, Juan Diego Florez, conducted Yves Abel: Royal Opera, Covent Garden Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Mar 4 2014 Star rating: 4.0Enjoyable revival of this ROH perennial, with star cast on formDonizetti’s opera comique La Fille du regiment returned to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, for its third revival…

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2014 is 75th Anniversary of West Coast Premiere of William Grant Still's 'Symphony No. 2 in G Minor' ('Song of a New Race') Conducted by Composer[William Grant Still (1895-1978) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensive Works List by Dr. Dominique-René de Lerma, http://www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com]John Malveauxofwww.MusicUNTOLD.comwrites:The West Coast premiere of William Grant Still’s Symphony No. 2 in G Minor (Song of a New Race) was performed by the San Diego Symphony under the baton of  William Grant Still on August 1, 1939…

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Arianna in Creta – review

– www.guardian.co.uk

Arianna in Creta – reviewBritten theatre, LondonThis opera’s characters and drama are far from convincing, but it was beautifully performed at the London Handel festivalThis year’s London Handel festival opens with a new production of Arianna in Creta, a mythological drama dating from 1734, by Selina Cadell. Popular in Handel’s lifetime, it has found less favour since…

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Krzystof Warlikowski’s Gluck production subtly challenges our preconceptions as it weaves together the royal houses of Admetus and Windsor

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Unfashionable Simpson Appeals to Open Minds

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Mozart, Simpson, Beethoven: Tippett String Quartet [John Mills (violin), Jeremy Isaac (violin), Daisy Spiers (viola), Bozidar Vukotic (cello)], Bromsgrove Concerts, The Artrix, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, 28.2.2014 (PH) Mozart: String Quartet in G major K387 Simpson: String Quartet No 11 (1984) Beethoven: String Quartet in C major Op 59 No 3 (Rasumovsky)   The Tippett Quartet was […]

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London Spring?

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Well it seemed to be in the air this morning outside my friendly pub next door.  But it has now clouded over a bit.  However Spring will certainly be with us in spirit this evening for three and a half hours of Handel.  More about that tomorrow morning…..
For now I am concentrating on getting there in time for the early 7pm curtain up.

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Temirkanov incident

– www.therestisnoise.com

Yuri Temirkanov, on tour with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, inspired a protest last night in San Francisco. The activist Michael Petrelis describes the incident and links to a video. Temirkanov seems to find it all very amusing. Evidence of the conductor's attitude toward women can be found here.

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I recently caught up with amazing pianist Angela Hewitt — who has a direct connection to Mt. Olympus, or so it seems — while she was on tour in South Korea. We talked about her Beethoven recital in San Jose, her Bach recital in San Francisco, her upbringing in Ottawa and much more.

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Many thanks to Robert R. Reilly for this review from the Kennedy Center.

This month, composer Jake Heggie’s opera, Moby-Dick, received its East Coast premiere with the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. I caught the second performance on the evening of February 25, 2014…

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It’s opera season at the BFI

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The BFI Southbank is the location for a mini-operafest in April with its programming strand Broadcasting the Arts: Opera on TV.  
Examining the way that television has covered opera over the years, it will include both individual opera productions and arts documentaries.
Unfortunately it looks for the most part like a wasted opportunity…

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For Robert Ashley

– www.therestisnoise.com

The master of experimental opera died yesterday, at the age of eighty-three. Kyle Gann, author of a brilliant short book about Ashley, remembers him. Much of Ashley's work can readily be seen on YouTube and, especially, Vimeo, which has recent live renditions of Dust and That Morning Thing.

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