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R. Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, Deutsche Oper Berlin (at the Philharmonie), 14.10.2014 + MORE

The more I think about the Deutsche Oper’s marketing strategy for this concert performance of R. Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, the less I like it. To say the truth, I haven’t resisted its appeal: the title role is usually poorly sung and the opportunity to hear the leading Straussia.... More »
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Rattle and the appointment headache + MORE

Appointing a music director is probably the hardest job an orchestra ever has to do, and appointing the right music director is the most important one. I have a few thoughts in today's Independent about why it's so tricky and why Sir Simon Rattle would be a Good Thing here...and why it's taking so l.... More »
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After rough year, Diana Krall blooms with 'Wallflower' + MORE

Singer/pianist's album, delayed by her ailment, features mostly cover tunes         .... More »
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Radical Rethink? ENO heritage + MORE

English National Opera is being mugged, from all sides. The headlines have focused on the recent resignations but that's hardly news. There have been wars within the ENO for decades, long before Henriette Götz was even born.  The resignations are not the story in themselves. Unfortunately part.... More »
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The ice-bucket comes to opera... + MORE

My latest interviewee tried to sing his way out of the ALS ice-bucket challenge - did his pals agree? The Times of Malta (clue to identity there) has the story and video here. Our tenorial hero's three next nominees include Bryn Terfel...With all of this going on, don't be too surprised if there's a.... More »

5 questions to Nat Evans (composer)

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5 questions to Nat Evans (composer)On April 30, Seattle-based composer Nat Evans stepped onto the Pacific Crest Trail, beginning a summer musical residency. His project, “The Tortoise and His Raincoat: Music for a Very Long Walk”, spans five months and 2600 miles, following the Pacific Crest Trail as it winds from the Mexican border in California to the northernmost region of Washington State…

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Opera quest for novelty? Hardening the arteries of the soulIs opera a quest for novelty? A depressing question, because it suggests a hardening of the arteries of the soul. Change is fundamental to civilization. Throughout history, people have been motivated to take risks and do better (or worse). The inescapable fact is that no-one can ever be a clone of anyone else, even in supposedly stagnant societies…

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Speak truth to power

– www.artsjournal.com/sandow

Speak truth to power
“Truth to Power”: That’s the name of a festival the Chicago Symphony is offering from May 22 to June 5, with the idea of highlighting “music’s ability to connect people and harness the power of shared experience,” and to “inspire justice and fairness.” 
The title, of course, is a shortening of “Speak truth to power,” one of the most powerful rallying cries in politics…

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Audition time

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This is what went down when the Pittsburgh Symphony auditioned a bunch of guest artistes recently.

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Royal Festival HallRavel – Valses nobles et sentimentalesBerlioz – Les Nuits d’été, op.7Saint-Saëns – Symphony no.3 in C minor, op.78Susan Graham (mezzo-soprano)Stephen Disley (organ)Royal Philharmonic OrchestraCharles Dutoit (conductor)The orchestral version of Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales opened promisingly, the first waltz glossy, its surface properly shimmering, inviting and yet evading the question of what lay underneath…

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BBC Symphony Orchestra new season

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BBC Symphony Orchestra new seasonBrett DeanThe BBC Symphony Orchestra’s 2014/15 season at the Barbican includes some very tempting offerings. There are three operas, Smetana’s Dalibor, Bartok’s Bluebeard and Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland. Total Immersion covers John Tavener, Pierre Boulez and Percussion. Brett Dean is the featured composer, but there is also music by Kevin Volans, Thomas Larcher, Ryan Wigglesworth, Detlev Glanert, Christopher Rouse and Henze…

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Constantin Frantz: Offener Brief an Richard WagnerVolltext aus dem Bayreuther Blätter, Juni 1878. Constantin Frantz (12. Sep 1817 – 2. Mai 1891) gehört ursprünglich um den Junghegelianer wie Max Stirner, David Strauß, Ludwig Feuerbach, Arnold Ruge sowie Marx und Engels. Später aber tritt Frantz von Hegelianismus zurrück und ging zu einer reaktionäre schellingianische Seite über…

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Pereira can stay for one season at La Scala: Salburg/Scala letters are published
Letter from Pereira to Salzburg confirming that La Scala will buy their production of Falstaff.

Milan Mayor, Giuliano Pisapia, who is head of the Board of Directors at La Scala, announced today that they were offering Alexander Pereira only a year’s contract as sovrintendente of Milan’s Opera House…

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Thomas Larcher: What Becomes; A Padmore Cycle review   beautifully tailored bespoke songsPadmore/Stefanovich/Larcher(Harmonia Mundi)A Padmore Cycle, Thomas Larcher’s songs written in 2011 for tenor Mark Padmore, sets poems by Hans Aschenwald and Alois Hotschnig. The gnomic texts sometimes seem to occupy similar territory to those of Schubert’s great song cycles. But if Larcher’s settings, which are beautifully tailored to the colour, clarity and expressive strengths of Padmore’s voice, evoke any specific 19th-century song composer it is Schumann…

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Should I Start a New Music Ensemble?

– www.newmusicbox.org

Considering that our industry is saturated, audiences are small, and funding is limited, it’s essential to think about how you’re going to fit into the world of new music. Perhaps it would be more worthwhile to seek an ensemble where you can share your ideas and join an already fully formed team instead of pursuing a similar venture from scratch.

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Lawrence Brownlee @ Vocal Arts

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Virtuoso Rossini Arias, L. Brownlee, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, C. Orbelian (Delos, 2014)

Spiritual Sketches, L. Brownlee, D. Sneed (2013)
It is always good when Lawrence Brownlee is back in town. The American tenor has been featured in these pages many times before, at Wolf Trap, where he got his start, Washington National Opera, Vocal Arts Society, Washington Concert Opera (and in 2006

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As Teodora Gheorghiu prepares to sing in Der Rosenkavalier at Glyndebourne, she tells Rupert Christiansen how she overcame an illness that threatened her career

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The German soloist can do anything with his fiddle; that’s well established. Still, his performance of Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2 came as a fresh shock: his massive, earthy tone, razorlike rhythmic precision and saturating lyricism. And the acrobatics! Don’t miss this program, which repeats through Saturday at Davies Symphony Hall with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.

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