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Into the Wild with the Greater Twin Cites Youth Symphonies + MORE

GTCYS is on its way to Argentina this summer, and the ensemble will take a new work with it. 'Into the Wild,' by Minnesota born composer Jacob Bancks, receives its premiere this weekend!.... More »
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Covent Garden puts up two tenors for the price of one + MORE

The Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko is sick and has withdrawn from tonight’s Cav and Pag. At short notice, they’ve called in two tenors. Turiddu in Cavalleria rusticana will be sung by the South Korean tenor Yonghoon Lee, who sang the role at the house a couple of weeks back. The .... More »
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Met Opera: Aida + MORE

Tune in at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 15 for the Met Opera's monumental staging of a star-crossed love story set amid the clash of ancient empires -- Verdi's Aida..... More »
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Eight Questions for Daniil Trifonov + MORE

Here’s a brief interview with Daniil Trifonov at the Wiener Konzerthaus, before a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra under Gianandrea Noseda on November 11th. Eight questions (the Ninth question, how he liked Questionnaires, didn't somehow work.... More »
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Little Beguiles and Yamada Communicates his Vision in Philharmonia Concert + MORE

Beethoven, Mendelssohn & Tchaikovsky: Tasmin Little (violin), Kazuki Yamada (conductor), Philharmonia Orchestra, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 6.4.2016. (CS) Beethoven: Leonore Overture No.3 Op. 72a Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E Minor Op.64 Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5 in E Minor Op.64 This co.... More »

Revisiting The Rite

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To celebrate Stravinsky's birthday, we have revisited one of his best-known works, The Rite of Spring.
A depiction of a ritualistic ceremony in which the Chosen One dances herself to death, the work was premiered in Paris to an infamously riotous reception…

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La Scala complete Ballet casts and dates: 2014 — 201517 December (Preview for young people) 18, 19 (2 perfs), 28, 30, 31 December 2014 4, 10, 16, 18 January 2015Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker Choreography: Nacho Duato Conductor: Vladimir Fedoseyev Sets and Costumes: Jérôme KaplanÉtoile: Roberto Bolle Guest Artist: Maria Eichwald Corpo di Ballo e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala Coro di Voci Bianche e Allievi della Scuola di Ballo dell’Accademia Teatro alla ScalaNew production Teatro alla Scala 5, 6, 7 (2 perfs), 8, 10, 19 (2 perfs) March 2015Johann Sebastian Bach Cello Suites In den Winden im Nichts Suite per violoncello solo Nr…

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Music with Minnesotans: Frank Tenczar

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Frank Tenczar, a retired IT guy, loves to watch the deer go by at his lake place up north while listening to Mahler.

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How Olivier Messiaen became part of the Vichy mythA comprehensive review of the first week of the Aldeburgh Festival by Richard Fairman in the FT revolves around the new production of Owen Wingrave, which is described, quite correctly, as “one of Britten’s most outspoken anti-war works”. Among the other works grouped with Owen Wingrave is Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen, which was given a stunning performance by the Festival’s artistic director Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich…

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Manon Lescaut, Royal Opera, 17 June 2014

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Royal Opera HouseManon Lescaut – Kristïne OpolaisLescaut – Christopher MaltmanChevalier des Grieux – Jonas KaufmannGeronte de Revoir – Maurizio MuraroEdmondo – Benjamin HulettInnkeeper –Nigel CliffeSinger – Nadezhda KaryazinaDancing Master – Robert BurtLamplighter – Luis GomesSergeant of the Royal Archers – Jihoon Kim Naval Captain – Jeremy WhiteJonathan Kent (director)Paul Brown (designs)Mark Henderson (lighting)Denni Sayers (choreographer)Royal Opera Chorus (chorus master: Stephen Westrop)Orchestra of the Royal Opera HouseSir Antonio Pappano (conductor) A moronic audience and obscenely high ticket prices were not designed to have one in the best of moods…

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Things That Make You Go Buh?!? The Hartford Wagner Festival

It’s been awhile since the last entry into this series and the latest head-scratcher comes from the Hartford Wagner Festival (HWF). If you haven’t heard of them before, it’s likely because the group is a nonprofit startup and has yet to present an event. Long story short; their apparent goal is/was to present annual productions of Wager’s “Ring” Cycle using a mixture of established and early career level singers accompanied by a synthesized orchestra…

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Critic’s Notebook: Ariadne Greif’s Searing Moment in Opera Cabal’s ‘Atthis’The soprano Ariadne Greif ripped off strips of duct tape that bound her naked torso as part of Opera Cabal’s powerful production of “Atthis” at the Kitchen.

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Opera cancels 'Klinghoffer' simulcastsAmid escalating fears of anti-semitism, the Metropolitan Opera has cancelled plans to transmit a performance of its upcoming “The Death of Klinghoffer” to movie screens this fall.

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From Ojai North Music Festival to Target Pops, classical music abounds in the Bay Area this summer: There are festivals galore, plus multimedia operatic productions, chamber recitals, symphonies, Baroque explorations and avant-garde happenings. There’s even a classical tribute to Sophia Loren, with the divine one in attendance.

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The Royal Opera’s first presentation of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut for more than 30 years is perhaps the visually ugliest show at Covent Garden in living memory

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Young artists in Il Barbiere di SivigliaNicholas Lester  – photo Robert Workman Rossini Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Christine Collins Youngs Artists performance at Opera Holland Park Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jun 16 2014 Star rating: 4.0Sparkling performance of Oliver Platt’s inventive new productionThis year there two performances by the Christine Collins Young Artists at Opera Holland Park…

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Manon Lescaut, ROH – first thoughts

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Manon Lescaut, ROH - first thoughtsFirst thoughts on Manon Lescaut at the Royal Opera House. Genius Kristine Opolais, genius Pappano, and Kaufmann genius after the first Act.  This production is so powerful that it’s bound to shock. But why not? If we aren’t horrified by what happens to women like Manon Lescaut, the fault lies with us…

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Magnitude Ensemble/Volkov review  Stewart Lee lends his voice to experimental eveningVillage Underground, LondonA concert of new and improvised work ranged from extraordinary to excruciating but it was certainly never predictableThis concert of new work and improvisation, put together by the pianist Tania Chen, was entitled Familiar/Unfamiliar, but there was little evidence of the former…

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