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Kenneth Leighton: The Complete Organ Works + MORE

Kenneth Leighton organ works; Stephen Farr, John Butt, Nicky Spence, Chloe Hanslip; Resonus Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Apr 10 2017 Star rating: 4.0An important and highly involving survey of all of Leighton's music for solo organThe composer Kenneth Leighton wrote a substantial corp.... More »

Four Parsifal Places + MORE

Parsifal Place, Albuquerque NM. Parsifal Place, Las Vegas NV. Parsifal Place, Apex NC. The corner of Parsifal Place and Lohengrin Place, Bronx NY. Previously: A Walking Tour of Wagner's New York..... More »
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Musicians As A Community Resource + MORE

It is always a pleasure to work on unique projects. One recent example I wanted to point out today is the work that went into the new website for Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Violist Penny Brill’s Musicians As A Community Resource project, which focuses on a broad range of music and wellnes.... More »

SEE IT: UK musician becomes one-man orchestra in own video + MORE

An insanely gifted British musician has taken the concept of a one-man band to the next level — becoming his own orchestra. .... More »
LFO Receive Opera Award Nomination. Wagner Well RepresentedThe finalists for the 2014 The International Opera Awards have been announced with Wagner appearing extensively. At the same time Longborough Festival Opera – who last year staged their first entire Ring cycle were nominated as a finalist in Festival category. A full list of nominations can be found below…

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2014 Opera Awards finalists

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2014 Opera Awards finalistsThis year’s Opera Awards takes place on 7 April 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, following on from last year’s debut from the awards. The finalists in the 19 categories have now been announced and one of the delights of such lists is being able to go through the selections and see if your ideas match those of the judges…

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Time to Deny the Nazis their One Last Victory

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Time to Deny the Nazis their One Last VictoryThe conductor Daniel Barenboim (who is also Jewish) is famous for saying that it is important that Wagner be played in Israel to deny the Nazis their “one last victory”.Today, it occurred to me that many people are driven by purely emotive arguments to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive by dutifully hating Wagner for allegedly inciting genocide or even of single-handedly causing the Holocaust…

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(Credit) Like Lucchese cowboy boots and shotgun racks on Dodge Rams, what’s Texas without the Fort Worth Opera? Its general…

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Holten’s Don Giovanni Lacks Magic and Comedy

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Mozart, Don Giovanni (in a new production by Kaspar Holten): Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House conducted by Nicola Luisotti. Broadcast to the Odeon Cinema, Chelmsford, Essex. 12.2.2014. (JPr) Cast: Don Giovanni: Mariusz Kwiecień Leporello: Alex Esposito Donna Anna: Malin Byström Donna Elvira: Véronique Gens Don Ottavio: Antonio Poli Zerlina: Elizabeth Watts Masetto: […]

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So I made it to Omaha yesterday, a long and delayed flight from London to Chicago, then a short and delayed flight to Omaha.  I arrived here at 11:30 pm which is 5:30 am Sunday in London….
This afternoon I will be at a performance of Handel's Agrippina – and all news about that later.  I am now still feeling a little dozy but no doubt Handel will wake me up!  The opening was very well received in the local press…

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Roland Hayes sings Roger Quilter

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Roland Hayes sings Roger QuilterRoland Hayes (1887-1977) was one of the first Black classical singers to reach the big time. His parents were sharecroppers, his mother a former slave. The odds were stacked against him in those days of Jim Crow. But he succeeded. “In April 1920, Hayes sailed for London, England, accompanied by Lawrence Brown, his pianist since 1918…

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From Paris With Love – review

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From Paris With Love – reviewGrand, LeedsA mixed menu of opera and cabaret is a strangely imbalanced way to pay homage to the bohemianism of the French capitalAs Bogart said to Bergman: “We’ll always have Paris.” The question is, which one? Opera North’s homage to the French capital is neither quite an opera nor exactly a concert; rather it’s a staged itinerary of bohemia, incorporating music from Massenet to Piaf…

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Frank Almond Speaks with Violinist.com about the 'Lipinski' Strad Theft and RecoveryBy Laurie Niles: It’s been a long three weeks for Milwaukee Symphony Concertmaster Frank Almond, who in that time was tased by art thieves and robbed of the Stradivarius violin he plays. He spent the next week in long interviews with police and FBI. Media outlets from all over the world called, emailed and even showed up at his house…

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Film scores seem to be the “in” thing at the moment. This West Side Story has been making its way around the United States for nearly three years now, to wide acclaim. It’s a much tougher proposition than the 2001: A Space Odyssey with which Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic opened their season back in September…

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A Second Zauberflöte? Die Frau ohne Schatten, Salzburg and MozartHere’s a slight departure from the usual texture of the blog, but with Die Frau ohne Schatten’s return to the Royal Opera House now less than a month away, I thought it might be a good opportunity to reprint here a piece I wrote for OPERA in 2011 (it appeared in the July 2011 issue, ahead of the unveiling of Christof Loy’s new production at the Salzburg Festival)…

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Book Review: Cohen, "Stefan Wolpe and the Avant Garde Diaspora"For those of you out there who have a subscription to the I Care if You Listen magazine app (highly recommended if you don’t have it already!) I’ve got – count it – two features “printed” in today’s new issue. I’m very happy to report that one of them, an interview with the young emerging composer Cynthia Lee Wong, is actually the cover story…

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NaplesNews.com: 'Calvin Taylor, Pianist, in Recital' Tuesday, 7 PM Feb. 18, 2014, Euro Pianos Naples Recital HallDr. Calvin Taylor (b. 1948)Naples NewsFebruary 14, 2014Pianist Calvin Taylor will present a piano recital on Tuesday, February 18, at 7:00 p.m. at Euro Pianos Naples’ Recital Hall, 975 Imperial Golf Course Blvd., Naples.Tickets are $20.00 at the door or may be purchased in advance by calling (615) 295-5795…

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