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Workplace Satisfaction Among Opera Organizations + MORE

As promised at the conclusion of yesterday’s post examining workplace satisfaction among symphony orchestra institutions, today’s installment will take a look at opera employers. #Winning #Again Although there wasn’t as large of an uptick in opera organizations as compared to.... More »

Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera + MORE

Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera in the Veterans Building's fourth floor and basement opens February 28, 2016. The 300 seat theater named for Dianne and Tad Taube will host the Schwabacher Debut Recital Series, three performances from the newly formed producing division of the San Francisco Ope.... More »
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Women get just 21% of classical commissions and 14% of PhDs + MORE

A survey by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) has revealed huge gender and race inequalities in the granting of music commissions and degrees. The survey, conducted by Natalie Bleicher , is based on works submitted to the 2015 British Composer Awards. It shows that.... More »

BSO and Beethoven + MORE

Pianist Andrew StaupeAfter hearing one of the National Symphony Orchestra's concerts at Wolf Trap, it was only fair to take in one of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's summer concerts, on Thursday night. In the comfortable air conditioning of the Music Center at Strathmore, the only sign of a tradi.... More »

Philip Glass Celebrates His 80th Birthday With an 11th Symphony + MORE

The composer shares his thoughts as he approaches a milestone, which will coincide with a performance of his new work at Carnegie Hall on Tuesday..... More »

3 articles to read when in 'Doubt'

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Tonight, at 8 p.m. Classical MPR is proud to air Minnesota Opera's version of 'Doubt.'

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The Moth Requiem: Birtwistle choral works The Moth Requiem – Choral Works by Harrison Birtwistle: Roderick Williams, BBC Singers, the Nash Ensemble, Nicholas Kok: Signum Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Mar 5 2014 Star rating: 4.0Superb survey of Birtwistle’s choral music from 1965 to 2012This new disc of Harrison Birtwistle’s choral music from the BBC Singers, the Nash Ensemble and Nicholas Kok on Signum Classics has a touch of the sacred about it, including as it does The Ring Dance of the Nazarene, three Latin Motets, Carmen Paschale, Lullaby and the Moth Requiem, alongside a work inspired by Classical myth, On The Sheer Threshold Of The Night…

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Marc Two

– parterre.com

Marc TwoIssue #43 of parterre box, the queer opera zine is called “Marc Two” in honor of dramatic soprano Alessandra Marc, subject of an interview with Our Own JJ. Also on the agenda: the final episode of Manuela Haltertop‘s sizzling melodrama “All About Steve,” as well as reports from all over: La Cieca at Glimmerglass, Dawn Fatale in Bayreuth, Hans Lich in Seattle, Basta Profunda in Munich and Clifton James (what sort of a name is that?) in Los Angeles…

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… and it looks pretty good. Nelsons himself will be in town for ten weeks, which is apparently a problem for some, although I cannot work out why. Certainly this kind of stability will be a welcome change from years of three-week rotations of guest conductors, enabling all kinds of improvements to the orchestra, as well as a sense of direction…

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Flow my tears: the London Sinfonietta play Gudmundsen-HolmgreenPelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen Photo credit: Martin von Haller Groenbaek Flow my tears, music by Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen: Theatre of Voices, London Sinfonietta, Paul Hillier: Purcell Room Reviewed by Hilary Gloveron Mar 2 2014 Star rating: 4.0Challenging people’s expectations.London is in the middle of a Danish invasion…

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Black Angels brings quartet to light

– www.theaustralian.com.au

OVER its 28 year history, the Australian String Quartet have programmed few more unusual concerts than this Frankenstein affair.

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As I'm a singer with low vision, my experience of Mozart's <em>La Nozze di Figaro</em> was different than the typical operagoer's experience — but no less profound.

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Tattoo’ll Do Quite Nicely

– lietofinelondon.wordpress.com

Review – Rodelinda (English National Opera, Sunday 2 March 2014)
Bertarido – Iestyn Davies
Rodelinda – Rebecca Evans
Grimoaldo – John Mark Ainsley
Eduige – Susan Bickley
Garibaldo – Richard Burkhard
Unulfo – Christopher Ainslie
Flavio – Matt Casey (Actor)
Director – Richard Curtis
Set Designer – Jeremy Herbert
Costume Designer – Nicky Gillibrand
Lighting Designer – Mimi Jordan Sherrin
Video Design – Steven Williams
Members of English National Opera Orchestra
Christian Curnyn (Conductor)
I think that English National Opera has a way to go before it can claim back it’s self-professed title of being the ‘House of Handel’…

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The Met Conductor Fabio Luisi Seduced by Creating his Own PerfumesFabio Luisi, principal conductor for the Metropolitan Opera in New York, is seduced by the magic of creating his own scents.    

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The cup runneth over

– parterre.com

The cup runneth overEven after more than 30 years as a die-hard opera fan there are still parts of the repertoire I haven’t embraced. Benjamin Britten and myself are really only acquaintances and I’ve met Alban Berg but fear we shall never be friends. I really became an opera fan chronologically backwards starting with Puccini and ending, essentially, with Mozart and Handel…

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Schoenberg Master and Pupil Jane Manning Kings Place 4.3.14 Zemlinsky: Three Pieces for Cello and Piano (1891)Dallapiccola: Ciaccona, Intermezzo and Adagio(1946)Nono: ¿Donde estás, hermano? Schoenberg: Pierrot lunaireJane Manning (soprano); Benjamin Baker (violin); Rohan de Saram (cello); Susan Milan (flute/piccolo); David Campbell (clarinet/bass clarinet); Julian Jacobson (piano); Giora Bernstein (conductor); Alberto Portugheis (piano); Marie Jaermann (soprano); Seljan Nasibili (soprano); Katie Coventry (mezzo); Anna Migallos (alto)Jane Manning gave her 100th performance of Pierrot lunaire this evening, an extraordinary achievement by any standards…

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The Song of the Fishermen

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

The Song of the FishermenSong of the Fisherman (漁光曲) is an icon of Chinese cinema. Released in 1934, it was a huge box-office success screened all over China. It was a good movie, but also captured the spirit of the times. Although it’s a silent, at its heart lies a song. It sounds like folk song but was in fact written for the film by a classically trained composer, An E, who made it simple enough that audiences could sing along…

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Jane Manning’s Pierrot Century

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Zemlinsky, Dallapiccola, Nono, Schoenberg: Jane Manning (soprano); Benjamin Baker (violin); Rohan de Saram (cello); Susan Milan (flute/piccolo); David Campbell (clarinet/bass clarinet); Julian Jacobson (piano); Giora Bernstein (conductor); Alberto Portugheis (piano); Marie Jaermann (soprano); Seljan Nasibili (soprano); Katie Coventry (mezzo); Anna Migallos (alto);  Kings Place, London, 4…

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