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Start the revolution with me + MORE

The Bayerische Staatsoper just announced, in addition to their usual bounty of webcasts, two special presentations: a repeat of Semiramide and a live telecast of Andrea Chenier. Last weekend’s live stream of Gioachino Rossini’s Semiramide will be available on demand on the website of th.... More »
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Written on blog + MORE

Let’s hear it for our parterre advertisers for the month of August: Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart presents Written on Skin and Bard SummerScape presents The Wreckers!.... More »
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Celebration of Tatar Music Introduces Little Known Composers to Britain + MORE

  Zhiganov, Akhiyarova, Yarulli, Kallimullin, Rachmaninov, Rimsky Korsakova: Venera Gimadieva (soprano), Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra / Guerassim Voronkov (conductor), Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London, 1.4.2015 (RB) Nazib Zhiganov: Overture, Näfisä Rezeda Akhiyarova: Symphon.... More »
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Penguin Music Magazine 1946: Charles Proctor + MORE

Few present day music enthusiasts will have come across the composer, pianist, organist, teacher and conductor Charles Proctor. I only recall his name as a contributor to the series of graded piano pieces, Five by Ten. These were published by Lengnick in 1952 and are, believe, still in print. The fi.... More »
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Ensemble. God's Forgiveness + MORE

A journey to the Almighty with Verdi's 'The Force of Destiny', highly rated by Giuseppe Pennisi.... More »

Merola Grand Finale 2014

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* Notes * The Merola Opera Program concluded 2014 with the Merola Grand Finale last night. The standouts were certainly sopranos. Amanda Woodbury's Ophélie was translucent in "Hélas! votre âme" and her duet ("Doute de la lumière") with Edward Nelson as Hamlet. Karen Chia-Ling Ho made for an impressively deranged Margherita in "L'altra notte in fondo al mare" from Boito's Mefistofele…

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Licia Albanese, opera singer, dies aged 105Italian-born soprano, most famous for her role in Puccinis Madame Butterfly, has died in New York Licia Albanese – obituary Soprano Licia Albanese has died in New York at the age of 105.Lauded for her technical ability and for her interpretations of roles in Verdis Tosca, and most famously Puccinis Madame Butterfly, the Italian-born singer rose to prominence between 1940 and 1966 and appeared in hundreds of performances at New York Metropolitan Opera…

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Nothing Changes

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The gold of Beethoven’s day, of which he was himself the purest nugget, comes down to us bright and untarnished, so that we forget all the dross that has been thrown on the scrap-heap of time. Our own gold is almost hidden from us by the glitter of the tinsel. The world of music, says […]

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The US opera star, Licia Albanese, who was one of the most admired sopranos of the 1940s and 50s, dies in New York aged 105.

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Financial Times:  'Pumeza Matshikiza – Voice of Hope':  Decca CD 'intermingles operatic arias and songs representing black African and American culture'Pumeza: Voice of HopeDeccaPumeza Matshikiza has been featured on this blog several times.  On March 20, 2014 AfriClassical posted:Sergio A. Mims: Decca Classics: ‘Voice of Hope’ – The debut album from South African Soprano Pumeza MatshikizaHazel Singer of BlackPastBlog.org writes:Hello Bill,I thought this review might be of interest to you…

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Autumn at the Guildhall School of Music and DramaGuildhall School of Music and DramaMilton Court Concert HallThe Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s Autumn programme is full of rather interesting things. Their opera is Dvorak’s The Cunning Peasant, an early work which will be directed by Stephen Medcalf (3,7,5,10/11). Iain Burnside’s new music theatre piece, Why does the Queen Die? is a co-commission with the Oxford Lieder Festival’s 2014 Schubert Project, and it explores the connections between Schubert and his Viennese circle of friends (15, 16, 17/10 at the Oxford Lieder Festival)…

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The LSO in World War I: Harry JacksonIn the second of our series of blogs remembering the service of LSO members in World War I we tell the story of horn player Harry (Harold) Jackson.

“Sympathetic reference was made in regard to those members of the Orchestra whom had joined His Majesty’s Forces, viz: Messrs WH Reed, Philip Lewis, E Carwardine, H Ralph, T Peatfield, ER Wilby, R Carrodus, B Reillie, S Freedman, J Meacham, A Tibbetts, A Ives, C Woodhouse, CB Jones, F Hawkins, Roy Robertson, E Yonge, C Dorling, P Kilburn, R Garnet, CA Crabbe, A Maney, C Blackford, RV Tabb, JH Silvester, R Murchie, F Almgill, E J Augarde, H Thornton, A Penn, H Jackson, E Hall, S Moxon, ET Garvin…

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A bizarre late-night Prom featuring a performance of Benedict Mason’s gigantic ‘Meld’ was preceded by one of freshness and light

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Der Rosenkavalier is an opera intimately related to the Salzburger Festspiele – not only has it seen some of the key names related to this work (from Lotte Lehmann to Kurt Moll, by way of Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Tatiana Troyanos and Lucia Popp…), but some absolute standards have been established here (especially Karajan 1960 and Böhm 1969)…

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The Polish-funded youth ensemble played war-themed symphonies by Panufnik and Shostakovich, but struggled to get to the music’s heart

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Licia Albanese obituary

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Licia Albanese obituaryOpera singer celebrated for her acting who was a fixture at the Met in New York, singing Madam Butterfly more than 300 timesLicia Albanese, who has died aged 105, was one of the foremost sopranos at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, in the years straddling the second world war, giving more than 1,000 performances in 48 roles…

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Lincoln Jones and American Contemporary Ballet prove up to the task in physicalizing Tchaikovsky’s haunting Piano Trio in A Minor. It’s rigorous, gorgeous and occasionally surprising.Lincoln Jones and American Contemporary Ballet prove up to the task in physicalizing Tchaikovsky’s haunting Piano Trio in A Minor…

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Overtime

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OvertimeUPDATE: The Met has reached tentative agreements with AGMA and Local 802. The contract deadline has been extended through midnight on Tuesday, August 19, to allow Local One and the other remaining unions with unsettled contracts more time to secure new deals with the institution.
Allison Beck, Deputy Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), issued the following statement this morning on tentative agreements between the Metropolitan Opera and two of its largest unions, Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians and the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA):
I am pleased to announce that after many hours of intense negotiations, representatives of the Metropolitan Opera, Local 802 and AGMA have reached tentative agreements…

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