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A star is reborn? + MORE

The New York City Opera Board has signed an agreement to transfer its name and intellectual property to NYCO Renaissance, Ltd., which is spearheaded by  Roy Niederhoffer, Chairman and Jeffrey Laikind, President. The new board has appointed Michael Capasso, co-founder and General Director of New Yor.... More »
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Review – Oedipe (Royal Opera House, Thursday 26 May 2016) Oedipe – Johan Reuter Jocasta – Sarah Connolly Tirésias – John Tomlinson Theban High Priest – Nicolas Courjal Créon – Samuel Youn Antigone – Sophie Bevan Sphinx – Marie-Nicole Lemieux Merope – Claudia Huckle Phorbas – In.... More »
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The Australian Ballet’s Swan Lake Revisits a Familiar Royal Love Triangle + MORE

Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake: Dancers of Australian Ballet, English National Opera Orchestra / Nicolette Fraillon (conductor), London Coliseum, London, 14.7.2016. (JPr) Production: Choreography: Graeme Murphy Concept: Graeme Murphy, Janet Vernon & Kristian Fredrikson Creative Associate: Janet Vernon .... More »
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Pianist Argerich awarded top music honour + MORE

Pianist Martha Argerich is awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society's Gold Medal, one of classical music's highest honours..... More »
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Rita Shane, a Met Soprano Known for Range and Intensity, Dies at 78 + MORE

Ms. Shane made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1973 as the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” a role she sang some 250 times in her career..... More »
Flies, crows and crashing waves: the sounds that define PerthPerth festival: composer Tod Machover and WA residents have collected sounds for Between the Desert and the Deep Blue Sea, a new symphony celebrating the city. Here, Machover chooses his 10 favourite soundsVicky Frost

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The UK premiere of the composer-conductor’s Violin Concerto suggested a shortage of musical ideas

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Puccini’s ‘Madama Butterfly,’ about the faithful Japanese teen who waits for her unfaithful American husband to return to Nagasaki, is irresistibly sad. In San Jose, it charms and shocks all over again.

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London’s cheapest Met HD tickets

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I haven't been to a Metropolitan Opera live cinema screening for quite a while. So I was shocked to find the going rate in London has risen to £30-£40 – about three times the price of a regular cinema ticket, and more than I generally pay for live opera. And yet they still sell out, often months in advance…

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Steven Osborne – review

– www.guardian.co.uk

Steven Osborne – reviewWigmore Hall, LondonBlistering Prokofiev, impressionistic Ravel and turbulent Rachmaninov were brought together in this invigorating recitalPrickly Prokofiev, impressionistic Ravel and impassioned Rachmaninov: the three composers perhaps shouldn’t sit comfortably together, but in his invigorating recital pianist Steven Osborne bridged the gaps between them…

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Breaking: Woody Allen to direct opera in Madrid

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Breaking: Woody Allen to direct opera in MadridJoan Matabosch has presented plans for his opening season at the Teatro Real and they are eye-catching. Woody Allen will direct Puccini’s Gianni Schicci with Placido Domingo in the title role. The opera will be paired with the little-seen Goyescas by Granados. The veteran Spanish actress Carmen Maura (pictured) will play opposite Natalie Dessay in […]

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Ritz Chamber Players: 'Road To Freedom' 7:30 PM Wednesday, February 19, 2014, Free Admission With ReservationBlack HistoryAs we celebrate the 50th Year of the Voting Rights act we look back through the generations people of diverse African diaspora backgrounds and traditions have found spiritual fulfillment through works of music, both in a religious context and through the transporting power of the communal concert experience…

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Sergio A. Mims: BlackWomenOfBrazil.co: 'Actress Isabel Fillardis will portray little known 18th/19th century black opera singer Lapinha in musical'Isabel Fillardis & LapinhaSergio A. Mims writes:I came across this article of interest:http://blackwomenofbrazil.co/2014/02/13/actress-isabel-fillardis-will-portray-little-known-18th19th-century-black-opera-singer-lapinha-in-musical/SergioBlack Women of BrazilNote from BW of Brazil: The story below is cool for three reasons…

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Critic’s Notebook: Minnesota Orchestra Drama Plays OnThe possible return of its music director is one of several outstanding questions for the Minnesota Orchestra now that it has a new contract.    

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In this clip, the composer speaks about the power of music and when it first affected him.

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ENO Rigoletto

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ENO Rigoletto – I would have gone for Quinn Kelsey alone ! .Claire Seymour reviews the new ENO Rigoletto at the Coliseum HERE in Opera Today.”Overall, a major problem was that despite the tense and visceral musical fabric drawn from the orchestra by conductor Graeme Jenkins, the dramatic momentum was weak…

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A splendid Agrippina

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Agrippina cast at play: Hadleigh Adams, Peabody Southwell, Nathan Medley, Jamie-Rose Guarrine, Jennifer Rivera, Zachary Wilder and Douglas Williams
Here you have a great impression of the youthfulness of this talented cast.  So refreshing are they that they kept the audience alert and engaged for three and a half hours yesterday evening – hats off to Omaha Opera which under Roger Weitz is making very special things happen…

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Butterfly effect in the wings

– www.theaustralian.com.au

HYESEOUNG Kwon and Hiromi Omura will alternate in the role of Cio Cio San in Opera on the Harbour’s production of Madama Butterfly.

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