Lovely Virginia Magic Flute + MORE Dec 10th

 

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Critic’s Notebook: Festival d’Aix-en-Provence Includes ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Revival + MORE

This music festival in France includes songs and projections with works by Britten, Handel and Mozart..... More »
conductors

'Seeking the Infinite': New film tells the story of Stanislaw Skrowaczewski + MORE

Stanislaw Skrowaczewski's appearances this week at Orchestra Hall will be preceded by screenings of a fascinating new documentary about his long and distinguished life..... More »
orchestra

Fiddler on the beach + MORE

On this day in 1915, Albert Einstein presented the field equations of general relativity to the Prussian Academy of Sciences. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZdgdoKkfzM Born on this day in 1824 librettist Antonio Ghislanzoni http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhxxpYTT81k Born on this day in 1895.... More »
aria

Ensemble. Challenging, Versatile and Unexpected + MORE

Roderic Dunnett visits Hungarian State Opera.... More »
singer

No tittering at Anna Nicole + MORE

Went to Anna Nicole last night at the Royal Opera House, and took with me an American friend who was seeing it for the first time. She thought Richard Thomas's libretto was brilliant, which it is, and she laughed at the jokes, of which there are many.At the start of the interval, the besuited g.... More »
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center offered a lithe performance of Gallo’s Trio Sonata as part of its annual Baroque Festival.    

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In director Robert Carsen’s hands, Verdi’s opera ceases to be a warm human comedy, becoming instead a cool, meticulously choreographed cartoon

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"Brunhilde's Act" Or Wagner Dear? Was it as difficult for you as it was for me?Deputy Editor, Frederick Oswald, introduces a talk – and accompanying paper – by the ” Elvis of cultural theory”, Slavoj Žižek.Socialists, Communists and Marxists, especially, come in two, admittedly broad, flavours: those that do and those that talk. Slavoj Žižek, is a talker, endlessly sometimes…

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Lovely Virginia Magic Flute

– www.seenandheard-international.com

W.A. Mozart, Die Zauberflöte: Soloists, Virginia Opera, Mark Russell Smith (conductor), George Mason University Center for the Arts, Fairfax, VA 12.6.2013 (RRR) Direction: Michael Shell Sets: Troy Hourie Costumes: Marie Anne Chiment Lighting: Driscoll Otto Cast Sarastro: Kenneth Kellogg Tamino: Matthew Plenk Pamina:Nadine Sierra Queen of the Night: Heather Buck Papageno: David Pershall Three Ladies: […]

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Don't Polish the Pedestal

– entartetemusik.blogspot.com

Don't Polish the PedestalYesterday, I tendered that we are all too keen to defend the creatures we know as composers (but never knew as men and women). Mahler, I maintain, was no saint; neither was Alma Mahler an incurable sinner. Others, like Alma, are easy targets. The music and Nazism minefield, through which many have skipped this year with Wagner, will doubtless be reopened next year as we celebrate Strauss’s 150…

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Three Grammy Awards shared with the San Francisco Symphony and a recent invitation to sing at a Nelson Mandela commemoration in Washington, D.C., indicate appreciation for their talents.

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For the past decade and more, ever since Riccardo Muti was forced out, the birthplace of Italian opera has become a byword for bad practice. The company operates under a perpetual threat of strikes. The backstage crews are so noisy that they distract singers in performance. The musicians have gained an inflated opinion of their status…

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The Recording Academy has bestowed upon the Minnesota Orchestra an honor made poignant by music director Osmo Vänskä’s recent resignation: a Grammy nomination, in the category of Best Orchestral Performance, for the orchestra’s recording of Sibelius’s first and fourth symphonies for the BIS label.

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Innovative Fidelio May Not Be to All Tastes

– www.seenandheard-international.com

   Beethoven: Fidelio  Soloists, Chorus of the Zurich Opera, Philharmonia Zurich, Conductor: Fabio Luisi, Zurich Opera, Zurich. 8.12.2013. (JR) Cast: The Minister:   Reuben Drole Don Pizzarro:   Martin Gantner Florestan:   Brandon Jovanovich Leonore:   Anja Kampe Rocco:   Christof Fischesser Marzelline:   Julie Fuchs Jaquino:    Mauro Peter 1st prisoner:    Alessandro Fantoni […]

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NSO on Saturday, Brahms and Mozart

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Brahms, Symphonies, G. Wand, NDR-Sinfonieorchester

Mozart, Violin Concertos, J. Ehnes, Mozart Anniversary OrchestraWhat conductors do on the podium does not really matter. It may seem a ludicrous statement, but even some famous conductors, like Riccardo Muti, claim to believe it. It is true that the sound an orchestra produces is entirely made by the players, and the interpretation that

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L'Elisir d'Amore at the RNCM

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L'Elisir d'Amore at the RNCMThis week the Royal Northern College of Music is presenting Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore in the RNCM Theatre with Francesco Pasqualetti conducting the RNCM Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Pasqualetti studied with Sir Colin Davies and Gianandrea Noseda. The role of Adina is sung by 23 year old New Zealand soprano Bryony Williams with Nemorino by Chinese tenor Kang Wang…

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Recherché Baroque wins best opera poll

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

What’s the most interesting opera broadcast of the year ? French channel mezzo tv has taken votes and is re screening the winners.  The winners are : Handel Alessandro (25.6) (Orcestra Armonia Atenea, Max Emmanuel Cencic, George Petrou)Vinci Atarxserse (22.9) (Concerto Koln. Jaroussky, Cencic, Diego Fasoles)Offenbach Contes de Hoffmann (9…

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Australia wins Test, kills orchestra

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Rotten news from the north of the Lucky Country: The Queensland government has just cut ALL the funding to the Queensland Youth Orchestra. Violinist Tor Fromhyr writes: The Queensland Youth Orchestra and John Curro have together been the inspiration and motivation for thousands of Queensland’s youth in making good choices for themselves and their communities…

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