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Fort Worth strikers are losing the media war + MORE

The Star-Telegram newspaper, whose president is a symphony board, has turned against the musicians who have gone on strike over wage cuts. First the paper ran a hostile editorial. Now it presents a strongly slanted selection of readers’ letters. Sample: I support the Fort Worth Symphony Orches.... More »
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Mozart's 'Marriage of Figaro' returns to S.F. Opera with all its sparkle still ablaze + MORE

Bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni is a standout in an excellent cast and superb production.... More »
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It's Tough Being Young: Media Roundup, Das klagende Lied at San Francisco Symphony + MORE

"Gus" MahlerI looked forward to the MTT/SFS semi-staged performance of Mahler's Das klagende Lied with great anticipation. While there were some darned good things about it - the orchestra's playing and the singing - I would not call the evening a success, for reasons I examined in great detail.... More »
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Moura Lympany plays Henry Litolff’s famous Scherzo. + MORE

There is no doubt that the Henry Litolff’s Scherzo from the Concerto Symphonique, No.4, op.101 is a popular work: it is regularly played on Classic FM often in the recording by Peter Donohoe and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Litton (Hyperion CDA66889). This includes t.... More »
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Daily Download: Richard Wagner - Siegfried: Forest Murmurs + MORE

Get a free MP3 of Richard Wagner - Siegfried: Forest Murmurs, performed by Seattle Symphony Orchestra..... More »
The Villiers String Quartet has announced the finalists in its 2014 New Works Competition

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Tobias Picker’s opera, revived after its 2005 world premiere at the Met, is fleetingly effective and well sung but fails to stir overall

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Masterly Conducting from Nelsons in Lohengrin Revival

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Bayreuth Festival 2014 (5) – Wagner, Lohengrin: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival / Andris Nelsons. (conductor), Bayreuth Festspielhaus, Germany. 31.7.2014. (JPr) Cast Heinrich der Vogler: Wilhelm Schwinghammer Lohengrin: Klaus Florian Vogt Elsa von Brabant: Edith Haller Friedrich von Telramund: Thomas J Mayer Ortrud: Petra Lang Herald: Samuel Youn   Production Director: Hans […]

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Richard Wagner Supports Constantin Frantz's Denunciation of Prussian Militarism and Pan-GermanismWahn! Wahn! Überall Wahn!Wohin ich forschend blick’in Stadt- und Weltchronik,den Grund mir aufzufinden,warum gar bis aufs Blutdie Leut’ sich quälen und schindenin unnütz toller Wut! Madness! Madness! Everywhere madness!Wherever I searchingly glance,Through chronicles of cities and the world,The grounds thereof to find,Why, to the point of drawing blood,People torment and mistreat each otherIn senseless frenzied rage!Hans Sachs’s Monologue from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg In 1869, Richard Wagner dedicated the second edition of his Oper und Drama to Constantin Frantz (1817–1891)…

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In a programme of works by Richard Strauss and Elgar, conductor Vasily Petrenko underlined what it is that makes them such inventive composers

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Music Review: Antoine Tamestit Plays Concert for Mostly Mozart FestivalThe violist Antoine Tamestit played a solo recital of Bach and Hindemith as part of the Mostly Mozart Festival on Saturday evening.

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Les Eléments and Le Cercle de l’Harmonie perform Beethoven’s Fidelio, starring Malin Byström, Joseph Kaiser, and Sophie Karthauser and conducted

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Not much happening here BUT………

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What a mess there seems to be at the Met!  My old friend and colleague Robert Rattray is about to take up a position there in succession to beloved Sarah Billinghurst.  So it will be interesting to see how he can handle this, poor Robert!  So the opera world waits somewhat breathless, not with a complete absence of Schadenfreude it has to be admitted, to see where this is going…

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The LSO in the First World War

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One hundred years ago today on 4 August 1914, Britain declared war on Germany and entered what was to become one of the deadliest conflicts in history, with more than 9 million men and women killed. Today, along with the rest of the world, the London Symphony Orchestra remembers the sacrifices made on all sides so that we might have a future…

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John Hurt and Rory Kinnear to be part of BBC PromsHurt to narrate text of Henry V to William Walton’s seminal score, while Kinnear will play speaker in Oedipus librettoTwo of Britain’s best-loved actors are to perform at this year’s BBC Proms.Rory Kinnear, known for roles in Skyfall and Quantum of Solace, and multi-Bafta winning actor John Hurt will appear as narrators in separate productions of Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex and Walton’s Henry V: A Shakespeare Scenario, as part of the classical music festival programme broadcast on BBC Two…

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Opera Review: Santa Fe Opera Sets ‘Fidelio’ in a Concentration CampThe Santa Fe Opera sets “Fidelio” in a concentration camp, though the details of the Holocaust are too abhorrent and too well known to be shoehorned into that work.

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Australian opera: big, loud, demanding and in need of a good reviewAs George Brandis announces a national opera review and international companies continue to struggle, whats the future for the art form in Australia and its $32m in public funding?Its big, its loud and its demanding. Its called opera and the art form has occupied a surprisingly important, even disproportionate, part in Australias cultural consciousness since Nellie Melba became the most famous opera singer in the world in the 1890s…

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Live from Salzburg – Don Giovanni Sunday

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Live from Salzburg - Don Giovanni SundayLIVE direct from Salzburg Mozart Don Giovanni  Sunday 3/8 6.30 London time (7.30 Salzburg time) BRILLIANT CAST Lenneke Ruiten (Donna Anna) Anett Fritsch (Donna Elvira) Valentina Nafornita (Zerlina) Ildebrando D’Arcangelo (Don Giovanni) Luca Pisaroni (Leporello) Tomasz Konieczny (Il Commendatore) Andrew Staples (Don Ottavio) Alessio Arduini (Masetto) Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach, Director : Sven-Eric Bechtolf

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