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Donizetti, Maria Stuarda, Metropolitan Opera, review: 'dazzling' + MORE

Joyce DiDonato's Maria combines technical skill with fiery passion, says Rupert Christiansen.... More »
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No tittering at Anna Nicole + MORE

Went to Anna Nicole last night at the Royal Opera House, and took with me an American friend who was seeing it for the first time. She thought Richard Thomas's libretto was brilliant, which it is, and she laughed at the jokes, of which there are many.At the start of the interval, the besuited g.... More »
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'Magic Flute' B Cast + MORE

Charles T. Downey, Washington National Opera’s ‘Magic Flute’ features strong opening and alternative casts Washington Post, May 7, 2014 Mozart, Die Zauberflöte, D. Behle, M. Petersen, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, R. Jacobs (Harmonia Mundi, 2010) [Review] Washington National Opera opened.... More »
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SF Opera's Susannah + MORE

* Notes * Carlisle Floyd's Susannah (Patricia Racette as Susannah Polk and Brandon Jovanovich as Sam Polk in Act II pictured left, photograph by Cory Weaver) had a San Francisco Opera debut yesterday evening. The score is sweepingly lyrical, and Maestra Karen Kamenseki conducted a powerful orc.... More »
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Patrick D. McCoy: National Symphony Orchestra Principal Timpanist Jauvon Gilliam Congratulates the Colour of Music Festival + MORE

Patrick D. McCoy sends this link:http://patrickdmccoy.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/praise-for-the-colour-of-music-festival/Patrick D. McCoyMinister of Music, Trinity Church, DCPerforming Arts ColumnistWashington Life Magazinewww.washingtonlife.com.... More »
Opera & Classical Music Listings for April 4-10A critical guide to performances of classical music in the New York City area.    

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Pure Handel - European Baroque Orchestra Pure Handel: European Union Baroque Orchestra, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Maria Keohane: Estonian Record Productions ERP 6212 Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Mar 30 2014 Star rating: 5.0EUBO in fine from in Handel cantatas, concerto grosso and Water MusicThis disc showcases the European Baroque Orchestra under their music director Lars Ulrik Mortensen in a programme of Handel, with the Overture from Admeto HWV 22, Water Music Suite no…

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Marcus Dods: Highland Fantasy

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Marcus Dods: Highland FantasyI was delighted to hear Marcus Dods’ delightfully evocative Highland Fancy on Classic FM the other day. It is rare to hear music that muses on the landscape of Scotland unless it is Hamish MacCunn’s ubiquitous Land of the Mountain Flood Overture, Mendelssohn’s great ‘Scottish’ Symphony or the Northampton composer Malcolm Arnold’s ‘Scottish Dances’ or ‘Tam O’ Shanter Overture’…

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CLASSIC FM – Charlotte Green’s Culture Club – Sunday 3-5pmIn my debut on CLASSIC FM I’ll be popping up regularly on Charlotte Green’s Culture Club – Sunday 3-5pm – with selective tips for all that’s best in live Classical Music, Opera, and Musical Theatre. Short and sweet but hopefully lively and informative, too. Expect the odd anecdote…

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An elegant and untricksy production of Tchaikovsky’s lyrical romance, says Rupert Christiansen    

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Lane/Goldner String Quartet(Hyperion)While the Takács work their way through the core chamber repertoire for Hyperion, the Goldner, the other great quartet on the label’s books, explores its fringes, often in partnership with pianist Piers Lane. Gabriel Pierné (1863-1937) and Louis Vierne (1870-1937) may be familiar names from 20th-century music, but with the exception of Vierne’s organ pieces, their works are little known now…

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Sharleen Joynt is a 29-year-old coloratura soprano. Originally from Ottawa, Canada, Joynt has sung in operas by Mozart and Wolfgang Rihm and sung the role of Marie in Donizetti's Daughter of the Regiment. She's currently covering a role in Strauss's Arabella at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City…

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Lately I’ve been reflecting more and more on how I’ve dealt with rejections and supposed failure as a young composer. Because I now teach at a small liberal arts college, I constantly see and interact with a sea of undergrads. And because of their presence, I am reminded of how I dealt with what I perceived as devastating defeat upon experiencing rejection.

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Term over!

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It is time for the Easter holidays so family comes first for a bit!  And I will be at the Barbican tomorrow for Master Class by the principal oboe of the Concertgebouw Orchestra which is in residence this week with Mariss Jansons and Anton Bruckner.  I will bring my 10 year old oboist daughter to get a taste of the best…

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Video: In an earthquake, the conductor is first to leaveWhen California was hit by a 5.1 last weekend, the Los Angeles Philharmonic played through it unperturbed under the baton of Charles Dutoit. Elsewhere, there was panic. The Cal State Long Beach Symphony Orchestra was in the middle of a tuba concerto by John Williams when the earth moved. On the video, the conductor is […]

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Prince Igor at the Coliseum with Kolobov Novaya Opera02/04/14copyright Tristram KentonBorodin’s Prince Igor is an absolute mishmash of a score, and even if you didn’t know that it was completed by many others (as I didn’t before listening to the first act), you can hear its stylistic incoherence in every bar. In this and many other ways, it presages many aspects of 20th century Modernism and is strongly representative of the gradual replacement of the Teutonic line with the Franco-Russian line as the centre of artform from the late 19th onwards…

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Someday my prince will come

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Someday my prince will comeQuoth the Met: “Javier Camarena will sing the role of Prince Ramiro in the season’s three initial performances of Rossini’s La Cenerentola on April 21, 25, and 28, replacing Juan Diego Flórez, who is ill. Flórez is scheduled to return for the three final performances of the opera, on May 2, May 6, and the May 10 matinee, which will be transmitted worldwide as part of the Met’s Live in HD series…

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CO of Europe/Nézet-Séguin(Deutsche Grammophon, 2 CDs)From historically informed accounts to the most unreconstructed modern symphony-orchestra performances, there’s no shortage of fine sets of Schumann’s four symphonies already on disc. Where Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s versions with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe slot in among them, or whether they are needed at all, is another matter…

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