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Opera in turmoil over casting white woman in Asian role + MORE

Calgary Opera has lost three members of its South Pacific team, including the director, after a row over casting. The company says it cannot find an Asian singer strong enough to play the role of Bloody Mary. An unnamed white singer was chosen, but the director, designer and one performer resigned b.... More »
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Acrobatics with your arias + MORE

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Circa offered a sophisticated mix of French baroque music and acrobatics..... More »

Rare Messiaen and Moving Bruckner from Scottish Orchestra + MORE

                 BBC Prom 63 – Messiaen, Mozart and Bruckner: Igor Levit (piano), Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Peter Oundjian (conductor), Royal Albert Hall, London, 2.9.2015 (AS) Messiaen: Hymne Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat, K595 Bruckner:.... More »
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Rattle and the appointment headache + MORE

Appointing a music director is probably the hardest job an orchestra ever has to do, and appointing the right music director is the most important one. I have a few thoughts in today's Independent about why it's so tricky and why Sir Simon Rattle would be a Good Thing here...and why it's taking so l.... More »

Music with Minnesotans: Dan Wascoe + MORE

Retired Star Tribune columnist Dan Wascoe is also a pianist and composer. He a man full of surprises. He shares his story and playlist on today's Music with Minnesotans..... More »

Felicien David – Melodies

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Felicien David - Melodies Songs by Felicien David; Tassis Christoyannis, Thanassis Apostolopoulos; Aparte Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jun 24 2014 Star rating: 4.0Rarely performed songs by the interesting 19th century French composerThis disc from the Greek baritone Tassis Christoyannis and pianist Thanassis Apostolopoulos on the Aparte label assembles a group of eighteen songs by the 19th century French composer Felicien David (1810 – 1876)…

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New video: Boy, 16, conducts Shostakovich 9th

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New video: Boy, 16, conducts Shostakovich 9thIn Venezuela, where else?
Jose Angel Salazar conducts the Simon Bolivar Conservatory Orchestra.

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Cape Town Opera Bring Broadway to Birmingham with Show Boat

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  Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II, Show Boat: Cape Town Opera and Chorus, Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra  / Gareth Jones) (music director), Birmingham Hippodrome, 2.7.2014 (GR). Cast Magnolia: Magdalene Minnaar Gaylord Ravenal: Blake Fischer Julie: Angela Kerrison Ellie: Catherine Daymond Frank: Brandon Lindsay Captain Andy: Graham Hopkins Parthy: Anthea Thompson Joe: Otto Maidi Queenie: Nobuntu Mpahlaza  Production […]

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Michael Nyman on writing a symphony for Hillsborough

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Poul Rovsing Olsen, Piano Concerto & Orchestral Works
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Unknown in Deep Space

It’s gratifying to come across an excellent piano concerto never heard before. In this case that of Poul Rovsing Olsen (1922-1982), who is so unknown, he doesn’t even have a Wikipedia entry…

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Ensemble. Open-air Performance

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A triptych of ballet on tour, with dancing in the monumental Roman ruins, experienced by Giuseppe Pennisi

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What Makes an Opera Singer?

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Last month Radio 4’s Today programme invited classical crossover singer Russell Watson to speak about singing in relation to the imminent World Cup. When Watson was introduced as an ‘opera singer’ it raised hackles. Many wrote in demanding that the BBC correct their ‘mistake’, offering their own definitions of what an opera singer is supposed to be…

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Baroque Meets Romantic In Buenos Aires

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 Festival Vivaldi Mendelssohn: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Ensamble Lírico Orquestal, José María Sciutto (conductor), Auditorio de Belgrano, Buenos Aires. 29.6.2014. (JSJ) Vivaldi: Ostro picta, armata spina(RV 642)and Gloria (RV 589) Ana Laura Menéndez (soprano), Cecilia Layseca (soprano), Damián Ramírez (countertenor) Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture (Op…

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Musical Saga of Pianist Stewart Goodyear Leads From LP Fragments in Childhood to 'Tchaikovsky Grieg Concertos' CD on Steinway & Sons LabelTchaikovsky Grieg ConcertosStewart Goodyear, PianoSteinway & Sons 30035 (2014)American Piano ClassicsStewart Goodyear, PianoTelarcAfriClassical first wrote about pianist Stewart Goodyear September 25, 2007, when he was performing with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra.  The post reported the pianist had already substituted for André Watts with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2006…

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Charles Villiers Stanford's Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 124Any consideration of Charles Villiers Stanford’s Seventh Symphony could do worse than begin with Charles Porte’s summary in his book about the composer’s music. Porte introduces a number of facets of this symphony which are to dominate any future discussion of the work. He describes is as ‘a singularly bright, compact and lucid work’ but immediately qualifies this by suggesting that it has not ‘a claim to be regarded as great spiritual music’…

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Monteverdi Vespro della beata Vergine

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Monteverdi Vespro della beata Vergine Monteverdi Vespro della beata Vergine – Vespers of 1610; Choeur de Chambre de Namur, Cappella Mediterranea, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon; Ambronay Editions Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jun 27 2014 Star rating: 5.0Lithe and vibrant new recording, with some dazzling performances at terrific speed.This new recording of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 was recorded in the abbey of Ambronay and involved the Choeur de Chambre de Namur, instrumentalists from Cappella Mediterranea plus soloists Celine Scheen, Mariana Flores, Fabian Schofrin, Fernando Guimaraes, Zachary Wilder, Matteo Bellotto, Victor Torres and Sergio Foresti, all directed by Leonardo Garcia Alarcon…

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