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Bodies found in search for missing 'EastEnders' actress and her children + MORE

Police searching for an actress who appeared on long-running British soap opera "EastEnders" and her two children say they have found three bodies..... More »

Best Recordings of 2014 (#1) + MORE

Time for a review of classical CDs that were outstanding in 2014 (published in whole on Forbes.com). My lists for the previous years: 2013, 2012, 2011, (2011 – “Almost”), 2010, (2010 – “Almost”), 2009, (2009 – “Almost”), 2008, (2008 - "Almost") 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004. #.... More »

The Felicja Blumental International Music Festival + MORE

The Polish pianist Felicja Blumental died whilst visiting Israel in 1991 and in 1999, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art named its International Music Festival after her. Blumental's daughter, soprano Annette Céline, serves as the Festival’s artistic director and this year they commemorate the festival's.... More »

John Malveaux: Metropolitan Opera Live in HD theaters & Met radio broadcast of ELECTRA on April 30, 2016 include Bass-Baritone Eric Owens & Soprano Roberta Alexander + MORE

Roberta Alexanderwww.robertaalexander.comEric Owenshttp://imgartists.com/artist/eric_owensJohn Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:Metropolitan Opera Live in HD theaters and the Met radio broadcast of ELECTRA on April 30, 2015 will include Bass-Baritone Eric Owens in leading.... More »

The ‘N’ in NSO stands for ‘National,’ and sometimes ‘Neighborhood’ + MORE

With its sixth annual In Your Neighborhood series, the orchestra seeks to extend its reach. .... More »

Scandal at La Scala

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Has Alexander Pereira gone too far this time?
The Italians have finally cottoned on that there might be something a bit funny about an opera boss selling a bunch of productions to himself (as reported here on an otherwise joke-free 1 April).

So they're now questioning the legality of the sale of seven Salzburg Festival productions to La Scala, as engineered by the outgoing Salzburg/incoming La Scala head Alexander Pereira…

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This archive recording broke all fund-raising records

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This archive recording broke all fund-raising recordsWFMT-Chicago played a record by a little-known pianist for its public fund-raiser… and found itself breaking all previous records. Read how they did it below. But first, listen. Highlights of the astonishing success WFMT achieved using three CD’s featuring Vera Gornostaeva In May 2013, while covering the Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition in Miami for […]

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As One Who Has Slept: A Tribute to John TavenerPhoto credit – Charlie Ding As One Who Has Slept: A Tribute to John Tavener: Reverie, Conductor – Robbie Jacobs: Brandenburg Festival, St Dunstan in the West Reviewed by Natalie Burchon April 10 2014 Star rating: 4.0Music by Tavener, Part, MacMillan, Tompkins, Gibbons and Howells by young new choirIn celebration of the life of renowned choral composer John Tavener, last night’s Brandenburg Festival concert (10 April) at St Dunstan in the West brought us an intimate selection of British choral works sung by one of London’s top up and coming young choirs: Reverie conducted by Robbie Jacobs…

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Rangoane Khomo, Nephew of Michael Mosoeu Moerane, Replies to Comment of Mpumi Bikitsha, Who is Writing a Book on African Choral ComposersMichael Mosoeu Moerane 1909-1981), featured at AfriClassical.com, was a South African Composer, Pianist & Choral Director, and theFirst Black Music Graduate of a South African UniversityMpumi Bikitsha commented on AfriClassical on April 10, 2014:I was thrilled when I came across this blog as I researched the life and works of Mosoeu Moerane as part of a book I’m currently writing…

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Who earns most in US opera?

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Is Peter Gelb the best-paid man in American opera? The answer may surprise you.
U-T San Diego has examined the 2012 tax returns of 22 US opera houses and worked out who earns most in each.  Here's a taster of the top-end:

            1   San Francisco Opera        Top-paid official: David R…

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Valery Gergiev’s friendship with Vladimir Putin led two dozen pro-Ukrainian protesters to turn out when he conducted the Munich Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall.

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WANT to make sure you don’t get turned down by your potential prom date? Enlist the help of Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston.

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When amateur musicians join a pro orchestra

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When amateur musicians join a pro orchestraFascinating experiment in Columbus, Ohio. More should try it.    

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Gavrylyuk Inspires At The Russian Festival

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Rachmaninoff: Alexander Gavrylyuk, piano, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Bramwell Tovey, conductor: Orpheum Theater, Vancouver, 29/31.3.2014 and 5/7.4.2014 (GN) Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp minor, Op.1 Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op.18 Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op.30 Piano Concerto No…

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SFCM’s Postcard from Morocco

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* Notes * San Francisco Conservatory Opera Program is currently presenting Argento’s Postcard from Morocco. A co-production with Portland Opera, the set and costumes are entirely professional. The action takes place within a waiting room of a transit station, which has rows of chairs that are easily wheeled about…

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 John Metcalf, Under Milk Wood: Production by Taliesin Arts Centre (Wales) with Le Chien Qui Chante (Quebec) and Companion Star (New York) in association with Welsh National Opera / Wyn Davies (music director), Sherman Theatre, Cardiff. 11.4.2014 (PCG)   Cast: Michael Douglas Jones (bass-baritone) – Captain Cat Karina Lucas (mezzo-soprano) – Rosie Probert, Mrs Cherry Owen, […]

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Slideshow: Met Opera's 'Andrea Chenier'

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Umberto Giordano's opera is a passionate tale of the ill-fated love of a dashing poet and an aristocratic lady, set against the backdrop of the French Revolution. Find a synopsis and slideshow here.

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