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Je suis un mensonge qui dit toujours la vérité + MORE

Born on this day in 1889 writer, filmmaker and designer Jean Cocteau.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSOEApbNKUY Born on this day in 1916 soprano Gabriella Gatti. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xj9VRs5FmNI Born on this day in 1924 bass Oskar Czerwenka. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dbrrDQIijY Born on this day .... More »
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Event of the Year That I Will Be Missing + MORE

Matthias Goerne singing Winterreise in March, 2016, at the soon-to-open Taube Atrium Theater in the Wilsey Center for Opera, because at $125/seat, the price is more than I pay for my opera tickets.There are surely good reasons for the sky-high pricing, such as the tiny theater (they'll sell 897.... More »
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With Bejun Mehta in the Lead, Rodelinda Might be Retitled ‘Bertarido’ + MORE

Handel, Rodelinda: Orchestra of Teatro Real / Ivor Bolton (conductor), Teatro Real, Madrid, 24 & 25.3.2017. (JMI) Casts: Rodelinda – Lucy Crowe/ Sabina Puértolas Bertarido – Bejun Mehta/Xavier Sábata Grimoaldo – Jeremy Ovenden/Juan Sancho Eduige – Sonia Prina/Lidia Vinyes-Curtis Unulf.... More »
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LPO/Jurowski review – discipline, energy and whip-smart direction + MORE

Royal Festival Hall, LondonIn a show of great mutual understanding, Vladimir Jurowski led the London Philharmonic through a thoughtful and refreshing programme of enormous musical contrastsThere are exciting upsides, of which more in a moment, to Vladimir Jurowski’s year of London Philharmonic con.... More »
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Ensemble. Passing Time + MORE

Opera North's 'Der Rosenkavalier', reviewed by Mike Wheeler.... More »
Leoš Janáček : The Cunning Little Vixen, Garsington Opera“Janáček started The Cunning Little Vixen on the cusp of old age in 1922 and there is something deeply elegiac about it. In a letter to Kamila Stösslová dated the 10th of February that year he writes wistfully “I have begun writing The Cunning Little Vixen. A merry thing with a sad end: I am taking up a place at that sad end myself ……and I so belong there”…

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Further Shameless Self-Promotion

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Further Shameless Self-PromotionI’m delighted to announce that a new disc of premieres by the late Peter Lieberson, with liner notes by yours truly, has just been released on Bridge Records. Including performances by pianist Steven Beck, violist Roberto Díaz, and the Odense Symphony Orchestra conducted by Scott Yoo, these are first rate performances of some really worthy music…

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A Dud composer’s monorchic variations

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

A Dud composer’s monorchic variationsWe have given you time to recover from Dudley Moore’s ‘two European composers’.
Here’s his less-known set, equally brilliant, on a familiar wartime theme.
 

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Composer Casualties

– www.artsjournal.com/postclassic

I’m kind of fascinated by the First World War, which I think of as a catastrophe unparalleled for its combination of massive scale and utter pointlessness. I particularly recommend Adam Hochschild’s book To End All Wars, one of the most fascinating history books I’ve ever read; and Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory is a film I […]

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A little night music — under the stars, surrounded by trees and performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra — is made to order for summer nights. The second annual June Summer Concert Mini-Series takes place June 26, 27 and 28 at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle…

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As Good As It Gets

– irontongue.blogspot.com

Peter Grimes at San Francisco Symphony: a splendid performance, with great singing  and conducting, outstanding direction, and a flawless performance from Stuart Skelton in title role. I’ll try to write more later, but I am still feeling a little stunned. As Patrick said to me on the way out of the hall, “I’ve seen it before, and I’ve heard it on record, but this feels like the first time…

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Bullet time

– parterre.com

Bullet timeLucky Müncheners won’t be the only ones reveling in Rossini this afternoon: the opening of the Bayerische Staatsoper’s Guillaume Tell will be webcast starting at noon EDT, naturally with a session at La Casa della Cieca devoted to discussion.

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Julius Rudel 1921-2014

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I was saddened to hear of the death of Julius this week.  American opera is in his debt, as are generationsof singers and other artists who were his "children". I will cherish the memory of his work with us in Toronto 25 years ago, and the memory too of his remarkable New York City Opera – alas no more…

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She liberated Vienna’s young women

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She liberated Vienna’s young womenMichael Haas has written a fascinating post on Eugenie Schwarzwald, founder of a school that educated Anna Freud, Helene Weigl, Vicki Baum and hundreds more young women who were liberated from patriarchal tyranny. She was also an important patron of modernism, employing Arnold Schoenberg as a music teacher and Oskar Kokoschka for art…

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RNCM Opera’s Company Has Authentic Sixties Feel

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Stephen Sondheim, Company: RNCM Opera, The RNCM Ensemble / Julian Kelly (music director), MMU Capitol Theatre, Manchester, 25.6.2014 (MC)   Cast: Joseph Dexter (Robert) Stephanie Stanway (Sarah) Matt Mears (Harry) Juliet Montgomery (Susan) Nathan Bellis (Peter) Jennifer Parker (Jenny) Steven Griffin (David) Elizabeth Humphries (Amy) Jacob Robson (Paul) Rabiya Plush-Noad (Joanne) Thomas Luckett (Larry) Rhiannon […]

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With the San Francisco Symphony’s semi-staged production of Benjamin Britten’s opera ‘Peter Grimes,’ the celebration of the composer’s centennial reaches a zenith. As Peter Grimes, the abused and abusive fisherman, tenor Stuart Skelton gives a memorable performance, showing the dissolution of this tangled character…

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The Borletti-Buitoni Trust helps outstanding young musicians develop and sustain international careers with awards that fund tailor-made projects. BBT Fellowships are awarded to artists who are at the beginning of their careers and the Trust hopes their BBT budget will help develop their future potential…

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Eduard Franck, Roman Carnival Overture, Concert Piece for Violin & Orchestra, Fantasy for Orchestra op.16, Concert Overture for large Orchestra op.12
C.Erdinger / O.Rudner / Württemberg Phil. Reutlingen
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Musical Sunshine

Eduard Franck (ditto his son Richard) is an ingenious chamber music composer whose output has been championed by the Audite label and Franck-veteran

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