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Dutch conductor is at odds with his US orchestra + MORE

Dallas News reports serious fictions between music director Jaap van Zweeden and his musicians: ‘The musicians have been telling me they’re extraordinarily uncomfortable with the work environment, and they feel at times like they’re being browbeaten excessively in rehearsals by the music d.... More »
operas

Review: Takacs Quartet and the Viennese Masters Play at Alice Tully Hall + MORE

This string quartet, founded in Budapest in 1975, performed on Thursday night, offering a program of Schubert, Mozart and Beethoven..... More »
performance

Meryl Streep to play wannabe opera diva in Stephen Frears' 'Florence' + MORE

Meryl Streep is set to play the aspiring opera singer Florence Foster Jenkins in the upcoming biopic "Florence," but she'll want to avoid tuning up much: Jenkins was a famously awful vocalist..... More »
virtuoso

An Infectiously Joyful Barber of Seville + MORE

  Rossini: The Barber of Seville, LA Opera, James Conlon (conductor), Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, 28.2.2015- 22.3.2015 (JRo) Cast: Figaro: Rodion Pogossov Rosina: Elizabeth DeShong Count Almaviva: René Barbera Doctor Bartolo: Alessandro Corbelli Doctor Bartolo: (March 22) Philip Cokori.... More »
recital

Love in the Time of Cholera + MORE

Christine Goerke and cast, Florencia en el Amazonas, Washington National Opera (photo by Scott Suchman) An opera company's choice of a season opener may make a statement, but it may not mean what one thinks it means. Washington National Opera, now firmly under the artistic aegis of Francesca Zambell.... 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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