Dialogues des Carmélites, Royal Opera, 2 June 2014 + MORE


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Rameau Platée comes to London with Paul Agnew + MORE

Paul Agnew conducts Rameau Platée with the Early Opera Company on 20th November. My review is HERE.That's Agnew in the photo above, when he was singing Platée in 1999 with Marc Minkowski. Platée is one of Rameau's best-known works, ranking with Les Indes Galantes. More details of the London perfo.... More »

Here are the 14 who finished my NY Philharmonic violin audition Challenge! + MORE

By Nathan Cole: Three hundred violinists started my New York Philharmonic Audition Challenge, and 14 made it to the end. What did it really take to make it to the finish line? Preparing for an orchestra audition takes it out of you. You get knocked down, banged up, and stressed out. Your chances .... More »

The Way Back Home review – unfocused but pacy opera for kids + MORE

Young Vic, LondonA farting penguin, a monkish Martian and a boy far from home … the ENO’s first production for children, based on Oliver Jeffers’s popular story, feels like 50 minutes inside a slightly noisy but fun picture bookThe ENO’s first opera for children adapts a beloved picture book.... More »

Pianist’s 365 reasons to be cheerful + MORE

PIANIST Galliano Sommavilla’s latest creative feat was born of an attempt to lift himself out of the doldrums..... More »
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Sergio A. Mims: 6 PM May 17 I will be hosting and doing a Q & A for a screening of the film "Crescendo: The Power of Music" about the El Sistema music program + MORE

Sergio A. Mims writes:On May 17 at 6 PM I will be hosting and doing a Q & A for a screening of the film Crescendo: The Power of Music about the El Sistema music program in American cities. A chamber ensemble from the Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project will perform after the scre.... More »
Terry Gilliam brings Monty Python to the opera in his new production of Benvenuto Cellini, with circus performers, and outsize statue and a prosthetic cucumber phallus

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On the Air This Week

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Highlights from June 3 to 10 Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Alberto Fierro, head of the Mexican Consulate in St. Paul. Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: The St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra and Great River Chorale perform Ravel. Friday,…

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Covent Garden’s Carmélites an Impressive Production

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Poulenc, Dialogues des Carmélites: Soloists, Royal Opera Chorus (chorus master: Stephen Westrop), Orchestra of the Royal Opera House /Sir Simon Rattle (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 2.6.2014 (MB) Cast: Chevalier de la Force – Yann Beuron Marquis de la Force – Sir Thomas Allen Blanche de la Force – Sally Matthews Thierry – […]

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 Beethoven, Henze, and Schumann:Veronika Eberle (violin), Anna Prohaska (soprano), London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle (conductor). Barbican Hall, London, 1.6.2014 (MB) Beethoven – Violin Concerto in D major, op.61 Henze – Being Beauteous Schumann – Symphony no.2 in C major, op.61   This was very much a concert of two halves…

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Terry Gilliam's production of  Benvenuto Cellini - in picturesA selection of rehearsal, behind-the-scenes images and costume designs from Terry Gilliam’s production of Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini that opens at English National Opera on 5 June 2014. Read Terry Gilliam’s production diary Continue reading…

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The underage orchestra: a definitive list

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

The underage orchestra: a definitive listAfter the London Symphony Orchestra appointed a school-leaver as its co-principal trombone last week, we put out a call for the youngest-ever players in an international class orchestra.
Setting aside 14 year old Duaa Majid Azzawi who was appointed second oboe in the Iraq National Symphoy Orchestra in 2009, this is what our readers have offered by way of a definitive listing:
At 15 years old:
Barry Tuckwell, principal 3rd horn with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (later with LSO)
Gregor Piatigorsky, principal cellist in the Bolshoi Theatre orchestra (later at Berlin Philharmonic)…

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Franco-Russian treasure trails around W1…

– jessicamusic.blogspot.com

On Saturday evening at the Wigmore Hall I’m doing a pre-concert talk before Alina Ibragimova and Steven Osborne’s recital. It will be a sort of Franco-Russian treasure trail full of exciting musical connections, some of which are even relevant to Debussy and Prokofiev. Do come along – am anticipating a sensational concert.

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This production of Britten’s Peter Grimes is ill-timed, under-directed and mustily-costumed, says John Allison

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Terry Gilliam's opera diary: 'We have a big head problem'Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini is incoherent, bombastic and nigh on unperformable. The perfect project, then, for Terry Gilliam to direct. We asked him to keep a diary as he brought the work to the English National Opera stage. Strap in for a bumpy rideJune 2011 The Damnation of Faust closes at the Coliseum…

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The baritone’s Wigmore residency ended with a new song cycle by Einojuhani Rautavaara, and an impressive account of Schubert’s ‘Schwanengesang’

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Dialogues des Carmélites, Royal Opera, 2 June 2014Images: Stephen Cummiskey/Royal Opera House  Royal Opera HouseChevalier de la Force – Yann BeuronMarquis de la Force – Sir Thomas AllenBlanche de la Force – Sally MatthewsThierry – Neil GillespieMme de Croissy – Deborah PolaskiSister Constance – Anna ProhaskaMother Marie – Sophie KochM…

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Music Review: Diverse Disciples Flock to an Arvo Pärt TributeThe Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Court presented an all-Arvo Pärt concert on Saturday with the composer on hand at Carnegie Hall.

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“Too Tired to Attend Opening Night of the Opera”“Even Mary Garden herself is said to be in a state of mind because Mme. Bourskaya has been given several of Mary’s best roles.” [The Washington Times]

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