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Review: Jake Heggie's 'End of the Affair' gets strong Bay Area debut + MORE

West Edge Opera captures the emotional power of the operatic adaptation of the Graham Greene novel..... More »
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We know the Mozart Effect - but what about the Korngold Effect? + MORE

This fun explanation turned up on Classic FM's Facebook page yesterday. We all know about 'the Mozart Effect', by which listening to Mozart is supposed to make your child awfully clever. But supposing your little ones like other composers too? [warning: irony font applies throughout]So where do we g.... More »
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Music of Pauline Oliveros in Los Angeles + MORE

On Tuesday, September 9, 2014 the Southland Ensemble presented a concert of the music of Pauline Oliveros at Human Resources in the arts-friendly Chinatown district of downtown Los Angeles. The performance space, with its wide open floor and lively acoustics was the perfect place given that the work.... More »
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Salome, Deutsche Oper, BBC Prom 58, Royal Albert Hall, review: 'overwhelming' + MORE

Rupert Christiansen on a supremely confident interpretation of Richard Strauss's decadent masterpiece.... More »
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The Very Sung Hero - DAY TWO Practice + MORE

By Amy Beth Horman: The Very Sung Hero: Day Two Practice The following blog details my second day of practice in preparation for performances as the emergency soloist on the Brahms Concerto with the Bay Atlantic Symphony last weekend. There is nothing really that compares to waking up on a Thu.... More »
Though Zwilich, Brouwer, and Shatin are only three of many distinguished female composers, they serve as important models of the different ways a successful career as a female composer can look. Each composer has something wildly different to offer to the contemporary music scene with new CD releases.

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Ensemble. Smiles All Round

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Fawzi Haimor conducts Sinfonia Viva and impresses Mike Wheeler

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Spano Leads a Tautly Focused Mahler Third

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  Aspen (9): Soloists, Choruses, Aspen Chamber Orchestra, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Christian Arming (conductor), Robert Spano (conductor), Aspen, Colorado. 27.7.2014 (HS) Chamber Orchestra, 25 July Christian Arming, conductor Lynn Harrell, cello Debussy/Alan Fletcher: Six épigraphes antiques Augusta Read Thomas: Cello Concerto No…

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The Power of Alexander Ullman’s Pianism

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 Alexander Ullman (piano) plays Bach, Haydn, Schubert, Debussy, Stravinsky and Liszt.  The UK Keyboard Charitable Trust in collaboration with The Pontino Festival at the Baronial Hall of Palazzo Caetani, Fondi.  24.07.2014 (JB) It is not that Ullman is going to be one of the world’s great pianists…

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Leon Fleisher turned 86 last week. He's a pianist, a conductor, a chamber player, and to his many students at the Peabody Conservatory, he's Obi-Wan Kenobi, a master teacher. Now Fleisher is out with his first album in nearly a decade. Plus, you can enter for a chance to win a copy of this CD.

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Wife-and-husband team Lisa Batiashvili and François Leleux turned to Bach for their performance at the Bristol Old Vic, as the second Bristol Proms got underway yesterday. I'm not sure I would have mentioned their marital status but for it being hammed up in the publicity – ‘[In Erbarme dich] the listeners will be able to understand something about what those two musicians mean to each other’ – and the fact it formed part of a rather more charming introduction by Leleux, as he welcomed his wife, 'who plays like an angel’, to the stage…

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Pumeza Matshikiza – Voice of Hope

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Pumeza Matshikiza - Voice of Hope Pumeza: Voice of Hope Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jul 24 2014 Star rating: 4.0Debut recital from the young South African star, mixing opera with Miriam Makeba and traditional songsThe South African lyric soprano Pumeza Matshikiza has released her debut album on Decca. Entitled Voice of Hope, it combines operatic arias by Puccini and Mozart recorded with Simon Hewett and Staatsorchester Stuttgart, with more traditional South African songs recorded with Iain Farrington and the Aurora Orchestra…

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SALZBURG Austria (Reuters) – The Berlin-born Jewish artist Charlotte Salomon left behind a body of watercolors and text she called “Life? or Theatre?” before she was killed at Auschwitz in 1943 at age 26, carrying her unborn child.

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Grimeborn 2014

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Grimeborn 2014The Grimeborn Festival returns on 4 August 2014 with the eighth festival at Arcola Theatre in Dalston celebrating small scale opera with large ambitions. Running until 7 September, this year’s festival includes 10 productions varying from Massenet, Handel and Monteverdi to new opera, plus 20th century classics from Menotti and Maxwell Davies…

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Opera braced for survival

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AUSTRALIAN opera bosses are preparing for tough questions about the state of their businesses amid a government inquiry.

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Vanessa Isiguen and Christian Bowers in the Glimmerglass Festival’s new production of Tobias Picker’s opera.

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Troubled orchestra picks homegrown music director

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Troubled orchestra picks homegrown music directorThe Rochester Philharmonic, which fired its Norwegian music director Arild Remmereit 18 months ago after a breakdown of relations with the management, has announced Ward Stare as its next conductor.
Stare, 31, grew up in Rochester, played in its youth orchestra and, at 18, became principal trombonist at the Lyric Opera of Chicago…

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More savings volunteered by Met musicians

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More savings volunteered by Met musiciansMusicians of the Metropolitan Opera orchestra have identified a further $1.2 million in savings, raising the total to $31m. They maintain the company is in trouble because of Peter Gelb’s admitted profligacy. They add: The Met needs to address the real problems of artistic and financial mismanagement…

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