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Mozart in Morocco + MORE

My photos show players from L'Orchestre Philharmonique du Maroc performing al fresco in the medina at Essaouira, Morocco last weekend as part of the annual Printemps Musical Des Alizés festival. The orchestra and their choir had travelled 480km south from Rabat to give two evening concerts culmina.... More »

On the Air This Week + MORE

Highlights from January 20 to 27 Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight: Austin High School Wind Ensemble. Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Maria and Ben Hanson. Tuesday, 7:15 pm: School Spotlight: Austin High School Wind Ensemble. Wednesday, 8 pm: Minnesota....... More »
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“It’s a return!” + MORE

“Patricia Racette will add a new role to her Met repertory as the title character in all performances of Strauss’s Salome this season, replacing the originally announced Catherine Naglestad…” says the Met press office..... More »

Meryl Streep to play wannabe opera diva in Stephen Frears' 'Florence' + MORE

Meryl Streep is set to play the aspiring opera singer Florence Foster Jenkins in the upcoming biopic "Florence," but she'll want to avoid tuning up much: Jenkins was a famously awful vocalist..... More »

Ombra mai fu! + MORE

When it comes to throwing shade, Latrice Royale herself must surely yield her crown to the queen who made a contribution to the Rentboy.com Legal Defense Fund “In honor of David Gockley and San Francisco Opera’s production of Gordon Getty‘s Usher House.”   .... More »

Just in: Fallen? Aber nein!

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Just in: Fallen? Aber nein!This is the cast of La Traviata at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich tonight (NB, in the interval) as Germany progresses to the semi-final of the World Cup. “Something I’ve never, ever witnessed at Glyndebourne,” says my spy.

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Entrancing - Lucy Crowe in recital at the Wigmore HallLucy Crowe © Marco Borggreve Schubert, Sibelius, Berg, Head, Britten, Tate, Walton; Lucy Crowe and Anna Tilbrook; Wigmore Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jul 3 2014 Star rating: 5.0Fine silvery tones and intense communicativeness in an imaginative programmeLucy Crowe’s recital, with pianist Anna Tilbrook, at the Wigmore Hall on 3 July 2014 had a highly imaginative programme which started with a group of Schubert songs on the subject of water and night, and these themes ran through the subsequent works by Sibelius and Berg…

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Taylor Swift steps into summer in her own stylish wayTaylor Swift has a leg up on the summer style competition. The country star has been strutting around Manhattan looking better than ever — perhaps because many recent images catch her coming out of her gym.We’re not sure who dresses this well after a workout. Most celebs are happy to let a yoga mat be the best part of their ensemble if they’re photographed after an exercise routine.

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CBSO/Gardner review  sumptuous, overwhelming season closerSymphony Hall, BirminghamCity of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra provides all the illustration needed in a fine instrumental performance of Bluebeard’s CastleOf all great 20th-century operas, there’s none that retains its dramatic power better in a concert performance than Bluebeard’s Castle. Even monodramas such as Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine need their theatrical trappings more than Bartók’s two-hander, in which the psychological battle between the protagonists, what that reveals and what that destroys, are vividly enough depicted in the score…

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Just in: It rained on the maestro’s birthday party

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Just in: It rained on the maestro’s birthday partyLong Yu, the most powerful conductor in China, has long been preparing a mighty bash for his 50th birthday. The first leg was in Beijing midweek, before Lang Lang flew off to Lebanon.

But the big event was aimed at his home town, Shanghai, presenting a new work by a Chinese composer played by Alison Balsom, a new American work by John Williams played by a Chinese pianist, and a new work from Tan Dun who straddles both worlds…

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Small Point in a Good Interview

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Today’s Chron has an interview with Ailyn Pérez and Stephen Costello and the travails of being an operatic couple. There’s an error in the description of their joint appearance at San Francisco Opera in La Traviata:One of Verdi’s most memorable works, “La Traviata” is one of opera’s most popular romantic tragedies…

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31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Day 4, we're listening to Ravel's stunning conclusion to the Mother Goose suite.

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Mahler, Rufus Wainwright and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: Neil Sedaka's six best albumsNEIL SEDAKA, 75, is famous for a string of hits including Oh! Carol, Calendar Girl, Breaking Up is Hard To Do and That’s When The Music Takes Me as well as writing songs for other artists

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Anna Netrebko Debuts as Lady Macbeth

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Verdi: Macbeth, Orchestra and Chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper, Paolo Carignani (conductor), Nationaltheater, Munich, 1.7.2014 (JMI) Cast: Macbeth: Simon Keenlyside Lady Macbeth: Anna Netrebko Macduff: Joseph Calleja Banco: Ildar Abdrazakov Malcolm: Dean Power Doctor: Christoph Stephinger Lady Macbeth’s Dame: Iulia Maria Dan Production: Bayerische Staatsoper Direction: Martin Kusej Sets: Martin Zehetgruber Costumes: Werner Fritz Lighting: […]

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Gower Festival’s First Accordionist Gets Standing Ovation

– www.seenandheard-international.com

   Schnittke, Bach, Lobos, Piazzolla, Bartok, Monti: Ksenja Sidorova (accordion) and Thomas Gould (violin), Swansea, 2,7.2014 (LJ). Alfred Schnittke, Suite in the Old Style J. S. Bach, Sonata for violin & keyboard No. 6 in G BMV 1019 Heitor Villa Lobos, Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 Astor Piazzolla, Café 1930, Oblivion Bela Bartok, Romanian Folk Dances Vittorio […]

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Return to China

– www.theaustralian.com.au

THE Sydney Symphony’s whirlwind tour of China serves to deepen the broader understanding of the classical canon.

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Puccini's Manon Lescaut, Royal Opera House

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Manon Lescaut was Puccini’s first hit, a dramatically flawed but musically sumptuous work that captured the hearts of its first audiences and critics. The irresistible allure of a pair of ill-fated lovers, here the heroine Manon and the loyal Des Grieux, is the plots’s strength…

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