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Brahms Die schõne Magelone - Roderick Williams + MORE

Brahms Die schõne Magelone Op 33, (1861-8) at the Oxford Lieder Festival,on Tuesday, with Roderick Williams. Since this year's Oxford Lieder Festival focuses on poetry, and poetry in translation, chances are that Williams will be singing in English. This is ideal Roddy repertoire because he's such .... More »

The seven percent solution + MORE

You figured it out a fortnight ago, cher public: “The Metropolitan Opera… said Wednesday that it was also asking its solo singers voluntarily to lower their fees, including some of opera’s biggest stars.” [New York Times].... More »

Ensemble. An Annual Event? + MORE

Cathedral organ high jinks from Peter Gould, Tom Corfield, Christopher Johns, Sachin Gunga and Ben Bloor, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler.... More »
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Opera Philadelphia Names Rene Orth 6th Composer in Residence + MORE

Opera Philadelphia, in collaboration with Music-Theatre Group in New York, has announced that composer Rene Orth has been selected as its sixth composer in residence. Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the position combines an individualized plan of study with a living stipend and health ben.... More »

Harlem Chamber Players: Voodoo: A Harlem Renaissance Opera Indiegogo Campaign Update: First Week Raised 44% of Goal + MORE

Indiegogo CampaignMorningside Opera, Harlem Opera Theater, and The Harlem Chamber Players are joining forces to present a semi-staged concert production of the Harlem Renaissance opera Voodoo by Harry Lawrence Freeman.This will be the first performance since its 1928 premiere!A contemp.... More »
Opera transcriptions for piano, heard by Howard Smith. ‘… illuminating performances …’

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In this first world war centenary year, Aldeburgh’s first ever production of Britten’s pacifist opera was an appropriate festival centrepiece

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Pianist András Schiff, soprano Susan Bullock, and artistic director of the English National Opera John Berry are amongst those recognised in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to Music…

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 Janáček, Smetana: The Pavel Haas String Quartet [Veronika Jarůškova & Marek Zwiebel (violins), Pavel Niki (viola), Peter Jarůšk (cello)], Aldeburgh Parish Church, Aldeburgh Festival, 14.06.2014 (CS) Janáček: String Quartet No.1 (‘After L.N. Tolstoy’s Kreutzer Sonata’) Smetana: String Quartet No…

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Richard Wagner Supports Constantin Frantz's Denunciation of Prussian Militarism and Pan-GermanismWahn! Wahn! Überall Wahn!Wohin ich forschend blick’in Stadt- und Weltchronik,den Grund mir aufzufinden,warum gar bis aufs Blutdie Leut’ sich quälen und schindenin unnütz toller Wut! Madness! Madness! Everywhere madness!Wherever I searchingly glance,Through chronicles of cities and the world,The grounds thereof to find,Why, to the point of drawing blood,People torment and mistreat each otherIn senseless frenzied rage!Hans Sachs’ Monologue from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg In 1869, Richard Wagner dedicated the second edition of his Oper und Drama to Constantin Frantz (1817–1891)…

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A Lesson in Film Music from Morton Feldman

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Morton Feldman, in one of those true stories that has become the stuff of legend and notoriety, composed music for the film Something Wild (1961) that was rejected by the director Jack Garfein and replaced by a new score commissioned from Aaron Copland. Feldman’s score was said to have been rejected because of the use of a very gentle celesta in the (very disturbing) rape scene which is central to the film’s plot…

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Handel – Duetti da Camera

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Handel - Duetti da Camera Handel Duetti da Camera: Roberta Invernizzi, Marina de Liso, La Risonanza, Fabio Bonizzoni: Glossa Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jun 03 2014 Star rating: 5.0Sparking accounts of ten of Handel’s neglected chamber duetsHandel wrote Duetti da Camera throughout his life, his first set dates from 1710/12 when he was in Hanover and his last from the around 1744 when he was in London and has stopped composing Italian operas…

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The world premiere of a ‘Quintessence’, a new work by Hong Kong-born composer Fung Lam, brought the orchestra’s 40th-anniversary season into focus

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Britten Owen Wingrave – made for TV

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Britten Owen Wingrave - made for TVThis year’s Aldeburgh Music Festival begins with Benjamin Britten’s Owen Wingrave, which Britten himself conducted in the same theatre in November 1970. For my review of the Aldeburgh production see HERE.  While the opera was in gestation, the revolutions of 1968 were raging. Paris was brought to a standstill by Danny The Red and student protestors…

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Igor Stravinsky

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Find out more about Stravinsky, the style-conscious visionary…

Stravinsky demeure…

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We have always slept in the castleFor those of you still queasy after Mary Zimmerman’s sophomoric snarknado attack on Bellini’s La Sonnambula, the new DVD of the Stuttgart Opera production by Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito should provide a bracing restorative.  Here is a production that takes the work very, very seriously.  This is La Sonnambula via Shirley Jackson—a ghost story with an overlay of communal guilt and hints of cycles of abuse and abandonment…

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The Pearl Fishers review  ENO's large-scale, but hit-and-miss productionLondon ColiseumA young cast struggle to bring Bizet’s cardboard characters to lifeEnglish National Opera is currently the home of flawed French opera. In tandem with Terry Gilliam’s reanimation of Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini, here is Penny Woolcock’s 2010 version of Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers a work with a smash-hit tenor-baritone duet but with a text so bad the librettists felt the need to apologise…

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Falsch und feig

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Falsch und feigThe Hartford Wagner Festival’s production of Das Rheingold has been canceled “due to the vicious and coordinated attacks on the Hartford Wagner Festival by the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) which have forced the resignations of our Music Director and two of our performers with threats of loss of future work…

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