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Classical news: Philip Glass to receive National Medal of Arts + MORE

Today's top stories in the classical music world include the announcement of this year's National Medal of Arts recipients; the death of an acclaimed tenor; and a strike in Forth Worth..... More »

Dark Mystery and Intrigue in Semperoper’s Simon Boccanegra + MORE

 Verdi: Simon Boccanegra: Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden, Mitglieder der Komparserie und Kinderkompserie, Dresden & Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden/Paolo Arrivabeni (conductor), Semperoper, Dresden 13.6.2014 (MC) Cast: Simon Boccanegra: Zeljko Lucic Jacopo Fiesco: Kwangchul Youn Paolo .... More »

Much to Enjoy in John Lubbock’s Messiah Despite a Reticent Orchestra + MORE

Handel, Messiah: Nardus Williams (soprano),Eleanor Edmonds (mezzo-soprano), Chris Turner (tenor), Morgan Pearse (bass), OSJ Voices, Orchestra of St John’s/John Lubbock (conductor). St John’s, Smith Square, London, 10.12.2015 (MB) I have heard a good deal of moaning about Messiah performances thi.... More »

Edinburgh Festival 2014, Alison Jackson: A Story in the Public Domain (La Trashiata), review: 'a damp squib' + MORE

Artist Alison Jackson has brought her first "opera", in which celeb lookalikes mouth along to famous arias, to Summerhall on the Edinburgh Fringe. Laura Barnett is unimpressed.... More »

Members of Harlem Chamber Players: Jan. 14, 2016, 7 PM, "Movement: A Celebration Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr."; Jan. 22, 2016, 7:30 PM HSA Winter Music Festival + MORE

On January 14, 2016 at 7 PM, members of The Harlem Chamber Players -- Ashley Horne, Amadi Azikiwe, and Lawrence Zoernig -- perform Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson's string trio at the Greene Space as part of "Movement: A Celebration Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." Hosted by WQXR's Terranc.... More »

Verdi at ENO

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©Alastair Muir
Quinn Kelsey and Anna Christy in ENO Rigoletto
Glyndebourne, where the Rakes Progress has a natural home, has not had the courage to replace the 29 year old Cox/Hockney production and I can not see that coming any time soon – it remains as fresh as during that summer of 1975.  The English National Opera has been living with a similar problem with the iconic Jonathan Miller production casting its spell for three decades…

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Interview: Lorelei Ensemble

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The Lorelei Ensemble from Boston is in residence this weekend at Macalester College in St Paul, Minn. Members of the group spoke with Steve Staruch.

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This is the 15th year that Grace Episcopal Church will present Handel Week in Oak Park.

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B.C. native Layla Claire is living out of the suitcase as her international singing career takes off

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San Francisco Symphony’s Beethoven and Bates FestivalOn Saturday January 18, 2014, Michael Tilson Thomas conducted the San Francisco Symphony in their second concert in a series of two programs of music by Oakland-based composer Mason Bates paired with music by Ludwig van Beethoven. This series is part of the symphony’s ongoing efforts to create a balance between tradition and innovation in the ways we experience classical music…

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Though Ax sometimes dispatched Bach with an incisive touch and ringing tone that harked back to the harpsichord’s jangle, he also drew back at times to a whisper; with Lintu and the orchestra’s strings doing the same, the music built up a tension that always flared up soon.

Ravel’s waltzes are a showpiece of subtlety, replete with glimmering half-shades and sudden flashes of color; Strauss’ potpourri from his romantic comedy is splashier, ranging from lilting waltzes to explosions of orchestral lyricism…

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Tippett's King Priam from English Touring OperaNicholas Sharratt, Grant Doyle, Roderick Earle© Richard Hubert Smith, www.richardhs.com Tippett King Priam: English Touring Opera: Linbury Studio Theatre Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Feb 13 2014 Star rating: 3.5Welcome new production of Tippett’s underrated operaMichael Tippett’s opera King Priam was premiered as part of the same arts festival in Coventry for which Britten’s War Requiem was written and in fact the two works have something in common, dealing with the issues of war and its consequences…

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Raising her voice

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NICOLE Car, set to star in Eugene Onegin direct from the Royal Opera, is a soprano on the rise.

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Rigoletto, English National Opera, London Coliseum (Review)The hunchback slumps in his chair like some malevolent watchkeeper – master of all he surveys. But as the black front curtain is drawn back like a shroud or veil of deceit, the world according to Rigoletto is revealed like a mirror image of his dark heart, a place of dastardly deeds and abject humiliation…

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English Touring Opera Triumphs with Tippett’s King Priam

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 Tippett, King Priam: Soloists, Orchestra and Chorus of English Touring Opera / Michael Rosewell (conductor), Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 13.2.2014 (MB) Cast: King Priam – Roderick Earle Hecuba – Laure Meloy Hector – Grant Doyle Andromache – Camilla Roberts Paris – Nicholas Sharratt Helen – Niamh Kelly Hermes – Adrian Dwyer Achilles […]

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Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House King Priam – Roderick EarleHecuba – Laure Meloy Hector – Grant Doyle Andromache – Camilla Roberts Paris – Nicholas Sharratt Helen – Niamh Kelly Hermes – Adrian Dwyer Achilles – Charne Rochford Patroclus – Piotr Lempa Old Man – Andrew Slater Nurse – Clarissa Meek Young Guard – Adam Tunnicliffe Paris (boy) – Thomas Delgado-Little Hunters – Stuart Haycock, Johnny Herford, Henry Manning James Conway (director)Anna Fleischle (designs) Guy Hoare (lighting) Orchestra of English Touring OperaChorus of English Touring OperaMichael Rosewell (conductor)  Sir Michael Tippett’s music has suffered a fate typical, though by no means always the case, for composers following their deaths…

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Wigmore Hall 2014-2015 season announced

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John Gilhooly has just announced the Wigmore Hall 2014-2015 seasonHighlights :Maria João Pires seriesHenry Purcell: a celebrationPaul Lewis seriesMartin Frõst Artist in ResidenceFlorian Boesch Artist in ResidenceMozart OdysseyWolfgang Rihm Composer in Focus  and much more!  More detailed analysis to come…

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Ensemble. Deep Expression

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Mozart, Mendelssohn and Elgar from the Cleveland Orchestra, heard by Suzanne Torrey

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