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Just in: First video of homeless St Matthew Passion + MORE

On Good Friday and Easter Saturday, in Manchester, Streetwise Opera and The Sixteen partnered on a semi-staged, abridged version of Bach’s St Matthew Passion, with a new finale from James MacMillan. The Passion was broadcast last night on BBC4. It is being uploaded this morning on Youtube and Sli.... More »
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Laurie's Violin School: Play fast, but don't rush. + MORE

By Laurie Niles: You may play this fast, but you may not rush. I found myself delivering this admonishment to a student recently, as we prepared for the spring studio recital. She was tripping over the notes at the final "più mosso" at the end of the Seitz Concerto (No. 3, III), but the problem w.... More »

Met Opera: La Traviata + MORE

The Met Opera presents Verdi's timeless masterwork, "La Traviata," with rising soprano Marina Rebeka in the role of the title heroine. Stephen Costello is Alfredo, Quinn Kelsey is Germont, and Marco Armiliato conducts. Tune in Saturday, Dec. 27, at noon..... More »

Fabio Luisi on maestros, madness and sudden exits + MORE

We have received these reflections from the music director of Zurich Opera on the changes that are taking place in his profession, as outlined earlier today on Slipped Disc. Dear Norman, I don’t think that Maestros (sic!) have gone mad. But like any other artist, and probably more than other .... More »
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Beethoven inspires devotion + MORE

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Beethoven’s Missa solemnis was outstanding..... More »

SF Opera’s Norma

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* Notes * The 92nd season of San Francisco Opera opened last night with a musically luminous Norma. Maestro Nicola Luisotti conducted with vigor, and the orchestra never overwhelmed the singers, only briefly getting ahead of them once or twice. The woodwinds were particularly beautiful. The chorus sang well, the chorus members sounded unified and together…

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Deep opera at the Frontline

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Deep opera at the Frontline25 years of loyal service and, until recently, happy collegiality at the City Literary Institute are now to be followed by something partly different, partly the same. When relations with my line manager from Visual Arts (go figure, it’s a long and unedifying story) went sour, and in the bigger picture the institution betrayed its socialistic ideals by axing or severely cutting back on core courses for the deaf and unemployed, I decided enough was enough (chapter and verse in the now-open letter at the foot of the post)…

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'A Memorial Tribute to Ralph Vaughan Williams' on EverestIn the 1970s, I bought the entire collection of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Symphonies with Sir Adrian Boult conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra. These had been released on the iconic Decca Eclipse label.  The only problem was that Decca had not issued the final Symphony, No. 9.  A short time later I bought the 1969 recording with the same conductor and orchestra: it was coupled with the rarely heard ‘Fantasia on Old 104th’ (HMV ASD2581)…

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What exactly am I listening to - the vexed question of cuts and editions in live performanceGwynneth Jones as ElektraOn Sunday night Richard Strauss’s Elektra was performed at the BBC Proms (see my review). The title role was sung (Elektrifyingly) by Christine Goerke who is an experienced stage Elektra and sang off the book. The version of Strauss’s Elektra that we heard was the standard one, the one you (nearly) always hear in the opera house…

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San Francisco Opera opened its 92nd season with a new production of ‘Norma,’ the bel canto masterpiece by Bellini. In the starring role of Norma, the Druid high priestess, soprano Sondra Radvanovsky often dazzled but fell short at key moments in the opening performance at War Memorial Opera House. The most consistently marvelous singing came from mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, as Adalgisa, the young priestess, making her company debut…

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Which Elvis Costello would the singer and songwriter born Declan MacManus ferry to the Hollywood Bowl for the first of a two-night stint with the Los Angeles Philharmonic? 

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Ensemble. Avant-garde and Fun

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‘The Barber of Seville’ at the Rossini Opera Festival, enjoyed by Giuseppe Pennisi

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New York’s newest operas: Porn and transgender

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New York’s newest operas: Porn and transgenderGordon Beeferman’s The Enchanted Organ: A Porn Opera is a send up of the flesh trade.
Laura Kaminsky’s opera “As One is a close examination of cross-gender line.
First reviews here and here.

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Isobel Baillie (soprano), Gerald Moore (piano)(Heritage)Never Sing Louder than Lovely was the apt title of the memoirs of the much-loved soprano Isobel Baillie (1895-1983). This new compilation demonstrates perfectly that special quality of her voice: a pearly, clarion tone with a shining vibrato that did not preclude real focus…

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Simon Rattle conducting the Berlin Philharmonic at the Proms is a big event.

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Summer in the Co-opera forest: Cunning little vixenZoe Perman Baldwin, Kathleen Cronie and Robyn Allegra PartonIn April Planet Hugill helped spread the word about the Co-opera Company’s development programme which aims bring together experienced professionals and young singers just starting out in their careers, providing a kind of apprenticeship. The culmination of the summer course is a full opera – this year a delightful production of ‘The Cunning Little Vixen’ by Leoš Janáček (1854-1928) at the John McIntosh Theatre directed by Natascha Metherell…

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Berkeley Symphony’s 2014-15 season opens in a month, and as usual they have a fine balance of old, new, and commissions, with soloists including Jennifer Koh and Sasha Cooke. Here’s the orchestral season:Zellerbach Hall Concert SeriesSeason Opener: Program IThursday, October 2, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.Tickets: $15 to $74Performers Joana Carneiro, conductor Jennifer Koh, violinProgram Oscar Bettison: Sea Shaped (World Premiere Commission) Sibelius: Violin Concerto Elgar: Enigma VariationsProgram IIThursday, January 15, 2015 at 8:00 p…

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Jeff Alexander: They showed me the road to Chicago

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Jeff Alexander: They showed me the road to ChicagoFascinating interview with the new Chicago Symphony prez by Andrew Patner in which Jeff lists all the mentors who lit his path to the Windy City. Read here.

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