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Soundtrack to Shakespeare: uncovering the RSC's forgotten treasures + MORE

The RSC has teamed up with the Southbank Sinfonia to revive some of the most compelling scores written for our favourite Shakespeare playsWhat’s your favourite ballet music? For me, it is Stravinsky’s Firebird. Favourite film music? Bernard Herrmann’s scorching score for Vertigo. But your favo.... More »
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Just in: Tanglewood chorus chief steps down + MORE

John Oliver, founder of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in 1970 and its leader ever since, will steo down after this summer. Press release follows.     John Oliver, the Founder and Conductor of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, will step down from his leadership position with the ensemble as.... More »
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Ensemble. Big Voices + MORE

Verdi's 'Rigoletto' from Santa Fe, reviewed by Maria Nockin.... More »
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Perchance to Stream: May Day Edition + MORE

Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio and online video from the week gone by. After clicking to an audio or video stream, you may need to press the "Play" button to start the broadcast. Some of these streams become unavailable after a few days. Listen to a performa.... More »
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Ensemble. Challenging, Versatile and Unexpected + MORE

Roderic Dunnett visits Hungarian State Opera.... More »

Just because: Sir Henry Wood records Vaughan Williams

– www.artsjournal.com/aboutlastnight

From a British Pathé newsreel, Sir Henry Wood and the BBC Symphony make the first recording of Ralph Vaughan Williams’…

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ENO new season – 2014/15

– www.planethugill.com

ENO new season - 2014/15English National Opera’s new season is a cunning mixture of exploration and commercialisation. Having finished 2013/14 in financially buoyant mood thanks to a combination of box office sales, co-production partnerships and a judicious one-off donation, their plans released for 2014/15 are clearly aimed at altering the financial base of the company…

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The Modernist Populist

– www.artsjournal.com/postclassic

Even beyond Ives, I’m on a roll lately of research on dead American composers (DACs – I wish there were more public interest in LACs, but they are a needy and competitive bunch, and I’ve discovered the pleasures of communing musicologically with the serene and undemanding dead). Aside from Robert Palmer and Johanna Beyer (of whom possibly more […]

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Inside Opera: Live stream hopes to widen access to UK's opera housesOnline linkup between all seven public-funded companies will be streamed on YouTube and aims to find younger audienceOpera has already embraced subjects as modern and diverse as cyber-stalking and plastic surgery and been performed in fields, pubs, village halls, cinemas and direct to computer screens…

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ENO Thebans Julian Anderson scores for English opera

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

ENO Thebans Julian Anderson scores for English operaThe English National Opera’s Julian Anderson Thebans at the Coliseum, London, absolutely justifies the ENO’s mission: opera, in English, and of national significance. Anderson is one of the most influential figures in modern British music. He’s always written with a distinctively “visual” personality, translating concrete images into abstract music (Read my article Julian Anderson – visual composer…

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Koussevitsky Celebration @ LoC

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Charles T. Downey, Serge Koussevitzky’s legacy celebrated at the Library of Congress
Washington Post, May 5, 2014

M. Babbitt, Phonemena (inter alia), J. Bettina
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Serge Koussevitzky shepherded many compositions into existence as conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In his final years, he established two foundations to carry on the work of commissioning new music…

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Critic’s Notebook: Opera Stars and the Revival of Bel CantoThe bel canto tenors Lawrence Brownlee, Javier Camarena and Juan Diego Flórez delight fans at the Metropolitan Opera.

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A Tale Of Two Disasters

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A Tale Of Two Disasters

Arguably, the orchestra field’s two nastiest labor disputes at larger budget orchestras since the economic downturn have been the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra; and now that the latter has seemingly tied up the last of the most prominent loose ends, it will be interesting to juxtapose how each organization manages to cope with post dispute activity…

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Big Zurich break for rising baroque Brit

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Big Zurich break for rising baroque BritIvor Bolton has been invalided out of Zurich Opera’s new production of Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria on May 17. His replacement is a quiet conductor and director who has been observing the show from first rehearsal. Step up Robert Howarth. It’s his first big-house premiere…

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OA in red despite critical success

– www.theaustralian.com.au

THE most ambitious season in Opera Australia’s history has landed the company with a $2.4 million operating loss.

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La Gazza Ladra is considered by many Rossini’s most original opera, the one in which comedy and tragedy are most perfectly connected and theatrical conventions then in force were most frontally and effectively challenged. Then the question is: why is it so rarely staged? And the answer is very simple: the vocal parts are so difficult and the acting requirements are so considerable that opera houses usually find it safer simply to refrain from staging it at all…

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Dame Harriet Walter stars in my play THIS FRIDAYPlease come to the Brighton Fringe and the MOOT – Music of Our Time series on FRIDAY 9 MAY when the utterly incredible Dame Harriet Walter (above) stars in my play A Walk through the End of Time together with Guy Paul, the wonderful American actor who happens to be her husband.The play, in one act, explores the way Olivier Messiaen created his Quartet for the End of Time in a prisoner-of-war camp in 1940, through the prism of a contemporary story about two people whose lives have been profoundly touched by the work…

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Opera Review: A Review of Julian Anderson’s ‘Thebans’ for the English National OperaJulian Anderson solidifies his reputation with “Thebans,” commissioned by the English National Opera.

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