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Alison Balsom + MORE

Alison Balsom's new recording is an eclectic mix of works by Satie, Piazzolla, Messiaen, Ravel and more. We catch up with her before her next tour of concerts.   Ho.... More »
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Charles Hubert Hastings Parry: Symphony No.5 in B minor + MORE

Charles Hubert Hastings Parry’s Fifth Symphony was composed for the centenary of the Royal Philharmonic Society and was duly heard at the Queen’s Hall on 5 December 1912 with the composer conducting. The original title of the work was ‘Symphony in four linked movements in B minor, 1912’. How.... More »
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Jake Heggie's Next West Coast Premiere + MORE

It's A Wonderful Life, a new opera by composer Jake Heggie (pictured left, photograph by Art & Clarity) and librettist Gene Scheer is based on Frank Capra's 1946 film and will have a West Coast premiere at San Francisco Opera in the 2018-19 season. The work has a world premiere at Hous.... More »
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Met Opera: Werther + MORE

Join us at noon on Saturday, March 4, for a live Met Opera broadcast of Massenet's Werther, starring mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as Charlotte and tenor sensation Vittorio Grigolo in the title role..... More »
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Henry-Louis de La Grange 91st Birthday + MORE

Today is the 91st birthday of Professor Henry-Louis de La Grange  His work on Gustav Mahler is a monument, to the composer, to music, and to proper scholarship. Conductors interpret, listeners listen, but scholars provide the materials others can build upon.  That's why I firmly believe th.... More »

International Collaboration in Dramatic Verdi’s Requiem

– www.seenandheard-international.com

  Verdi, Requiem: Anita Watson (soprano), Monica-Evelin Liiv (mezzo-soprano), David Butt Philip (tenor) and Michel De Souza (baritone), Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus, Brighton Festival Chorus, Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne & Orchestra de Picardie / Arie van Beek (conductor), The Backstage Centre, Purfleet, Essex 4…

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Pan labyrinth

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Pan labyrinthWelcome to Parterre Puzzle Corner #2. But first, the solution to last week’s challenge.
If you remember, the puzzle was: what one, very unusual thing do Chausson’s Le Roi Arthus, Mozart’s Così fan tutte, and Krenek’s Jonny Spielt Auf have in common? A number of clever Parterrians solved the riddle by suggesting further additions to the list: Blow’s Venus & Adonis, Birtwistle’s The Minotaur, William Grant Still’s Troubled Island, and Shin-ichiro’s Mishima opera Rokumeikan…

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WATCH Don Giovanni from Glyndebourne

– www.telegraph.co.uk

Watch: Mozart’s Don Giovanni live from Glyndebourne from 3pm

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It’s symphony vs opera on Wimbledon centre court todayRoger Federer loves Beethoven, goes to concerts and might have made a great violinist (the last, according to Anne-Sophie Mutter).
Novak Djokovic is (a mutual friend informs us) an opera fanatic, especially of Verdi.
It’s a clash of cultures in today’s final.
 vs
(with Mum at Rotterdam Phil)                        (with Natalie Dessay at the Met…

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Vil Bastarda

– lietofinelondon.wordpress.com

Maria Stuarda (Royal Opera House, Saturday 4 July 2014)
Maria Stuarda – Joyce DiDonato
Elisabetta I – Carmen Giannattasio
Giorgio Talbot – Matthew Rose
Guigliemo Cecil – Jeremy Carpenter
Roberto, Conte di Leicester – Ismael Jordi
Anna Kennedy – Kathleen Wilkinson
Executioner – Peter Dineen
Royal Opera House Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Directors – Moshe Leiser & Patrice Caurier
Set Designs – Christian Fenouillat
Costume Designs – Agostino Cavalca
Lighting Design – Christophe Forey
Bertrand de Billy (Conductor)
Hopefully this production will be best remembered for the quality of the singing and the interaction between the main protagonists rather than the – at times questionable – production…

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  Beethoven, Triple Concerto in C, Op 56:  Benedetti/Elschenbroich/Grynyuk Trio, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / Kirill Karabits (conductor), Town Hall, Cheltenham, 2.7.2014 Brahms, Arlene Sierra, Shostakovich: Benedetti/Elschenbroich /Grynyuk Trio, Alexander Sitkovetsky (violin), Benjamin Marquise Gilmore (viola), Town Hall, Cheltenham, 3…

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31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Day 6, we listen to two versions of Brahms' German Requiem.

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What Makes an Opera Singer?

– cheyneyk.blogspot.com

Last month Radio 4’s Today programme invited classical crossover singer Russell Watson to speak about singing in relation to the imminent World Cup. When Watson was introduced as an ‘opera singer’ it raised hackles. Many wrote in demanding that the BBC correct their ‘mistake’, offering their own definitions of what an opera singer is supposed to be…

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Glass’s trilogy set for premiere

– www.theaustralian.com.au

THE State Opera of South Australia is staging a world premiere of American composer Philip Glass’s Portrait Trilogy.

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River of Fundament; La finta giardiniera; In the Penal Colony  reviewColiseum, London; Glyndebourne, E. Sussex; Arts theatre, LondonEven as its funding was slashed, ENO was the place to be for Matthew Barney’s six-hour film-operaLast week English National Opera had its Arts Council England grant cut by 29%, or £5m per year. One reason given was that ENO, whose spirit of adventure is at once thrilling and at times, depending on taste or inclination, maddening, had "struggled to reach box-office targets"…

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Poul Rovsing Olsen, Piano Concerto & Orchestral Works
C.Bjørkøe / B.Holten / Odense SO
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Unknown in Deep Space

It’s gratifying to come across an excellent piano concerto never heard before. In this case that of Poul Rovsing Olsen (1922-1982), who is so unknown, he doesn’t even have a Wikipedia entry…

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Julius Eastman Tidbit

– soundproofedblog.blogspot.com

Julius Eastman TidbitI’m at Tanglewood on a fellowship this summer, so I’m afraid my blogging time is going to be rather limited for the next few weeks. In the meantime, I wanted to alert readers to an informative new article on the composer Julius Eastman by Mary Jane Leach, focusing on the Prelude to Joan d’Arc. I’ve been doing research on Eastman for a couple of years now, and I’ve written a chapter on his piece Stay On It that should be published sometime in near future…

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Maria Stuarda review  the singers supply the passionRoyal Opera House, LondonWhat gives the evening genuine distinction are the individual vocal performances, and especially those from the protagonist and her implacable opponentThe most famous scene in Donizetti’s opera is a personal confrontation between Mary Stuart and her cousin Elizabeth I an event that never actually occurred, but which forms the crux of the piece and the moment at which Mary’s fate is effectively decided…

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