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An ‘Otello’ Without Blackface Highlights an Enduring Tradition in Opera + MORE

That leading opera houses have continued to use blackface into the 21st century may be more surprising to many people than the news that the Met is ending it..... More »
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ENO cut in arts funding shake-up + MORE

The English National Opera has its funding cut by 29%, Arts Council England reveals, as it announces its annual distribution of money for arts organisations..... More »
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‘Romeo & Juliet’ soars in Grant Park Music Fest’s indoor outing + MORE

Carlos Kalmar leads orchestra, cast and chorus in Berlioz’ classic as the Grant Park Music Festival moves indoors for two nights..... More »
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Magnificent Melbourne! + MORE

Lines for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Prom August 19 2014 The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra made their Proms debut this evening as part of a whirlwind European tour including Edinburgh, Amsterdam and Copenhagen.  And if this evening's concert is a guide they should have a wild receptio.... More »
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Fournier Trio Give Seminal Performance at Dartington Summer School + MORE

  Haydn, Wood, Bridge, Shostakovich:  Fournier Trio [Sulki Yu (violin), Pei-Sian Ng (cello), Chiao-Ying Chang (piano)], Great Hall, Dartington, 22.8.2015 (PRB) Joseph Haydn: Piano Trio No 39 in G major, Hob. 25, ‘Gypsy’ Hugh Wood: Piano Trio, Op 24 Frank Bridge: Miniatures for Piano Trio, Nos .... More »
Aldeburgh Music has an enviable track record in opera productions in recent years, but this year’s offering represented a tougher proposition. While Britten’s Owen Wingrave is a sensible choice for the World War One centenary year, it is a work one previous encounter with which led me to feel is not on a level with masterpieces like Grimes and Budd, and I wondered in advance how this new production would fare…

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The Charm of Impossibilities

– www.artsjournal.com/postclassic

I am sitting here trying to write microtonal polytempo music on Sibelius. I have found the most aggravating, patience-requiring method of composing in the history of music. I have spent the last two hours trying to fill three measures of music – largely because Sibelius will not allow a pitch bend command to be pasted […]

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Violinist Tai Murray Performs Ligeti, Mendelssohn & Brahms with Westchester Philharmonic 3 PM Sunday, June 15, 2014Tai Murraytaimurray.comWestchester PhilharmonicRyan McAdams, conductorTai Murray, violinSunday, June 15 at 3 pm The Phil continues its focus on presenting young, ground-breaking artists whose massive talents demand our attention. Ryan McAdams’ leadership of the New York Youth Symphony has led to non-stop critical acclaim wherever he conducts…

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Gerard Schurmann’s chamber music impresses Howard Smith. ‘… potent, consuming, thematically cogent and burning with zeal.’

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Paavo Järvi Impresses in Russian Fare with the Philharmonia

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Glinka, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich: Kirill Gerstein (piano), Philharmonia Orchestra, Paavo Järvi (conductor), Royal Festival Hall, London, 12.6.2014 (CS) Glinka: Overture, Ruslan and Ludmilla Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor Op.30 Shostakovich: Symphony No.5 in D minor Op.47   Three Russian masterpieces; three very different temperaments…

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SF Opera’s La Traviata Media Round-Up

– operatattler.typepad.com

Production Web Site | SF Opera's Blog
Reviewers are not particularly impressed by San Francisco Opera's La Traviata (Act II Scene 2 pictured left, photograph by Cory Weaver).
Performance Reviews: San Francisco Chronicle | San Francisco Classical Voice | San Jose Mercury News

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Vogel and Cojocaru Are a Stunning Romeo and Juliet

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Prokofiev, Romeo and Juliet: Dancers and Orchestra of the English National Ballet / Gavin Sutherland(conductor),  Royal Albert Hall, London, 12.6.2013. (JPr) Cast:  Juliet: Alina Cojocaru Romeo: Friedemann Vogel Mercutio: Yonah Acosta Benvolio: James Forbat Tybalt: Max Westwell Lord Capulet: James Streeter Lady Capulet: Jane Haworth Nurse: Tamarin Stott Rosaline: Begoña Cao Friar Lawrence: Luke Heydon […]

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Carlos Kalmar leads orchestra, cast and chorus in Berlioz’ classic as the Grant Park Music Festival moves indoors for two nights.

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It’s a soap opera about fashion, glamour, romance and heartbreak — so, rather fittingly, the “The Bold and the Beautiful” has gone to Paris.

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Dr. Stan Ford is Artistic Director of International Chamber Music Series, Salzburg, 16 July-10 Aug., Supporting Salzburg's Children's Trauma InstituteDr. Stan FordOn March 6, 2014 AfriClassical posted:Dr. Stan Ford of Salzburg Mozarteum Presents Works of Ulysses Kay, Howard Swanson, H. Leslie Adams & Scott Joplin to Austrian Teachers at Lecture/Recital Dr. Stan Ford announces the International Chamber Music Series, of which he is Artistic Director, in Salzburg, Austria from July 16 to August 10, 2014…

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Karajan’s concertmaster: still playing in Texas

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Karajan’s concertmaster: still playing in TexasLeon Spierer, who was a concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic from 1963 to his retirement, is giving a Father’s Day concert at the University of Houston. Appropriately enough with his son. He has been talking to local media.
Spierer, Berlin born, grew up in exile in Argentina, before studying the Max Rostal in London…

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An American Soldier, Washington National Opera, American Opera Initiative (photo by Scott Suchman)
The Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative continues its mission, to present new American operas on American themes. After Approaching Ali in 2013, the program presented its second hour-long opera on Friday night in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater…

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Four Quarters - Aurora Orchestra at Kings Place Ravel, Thomas Ades, Mozart; Aurora Orchestra; Kings Place Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jun 13 2014 Star rating: 4.0Two established chamber classics and a new classic from this lively young orchestraAs part of Kings Place’s series Chamber Classics Unwrapped, on Friday 13 June 2014, the members of the Aurora Orchestra performed Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro, Thomas Ades’s Four Quarters and Mozart’s Gran Partita, a wonderfully profligate piece of programming which saw no one player participating in all three works…

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