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D.C. Public Opera's 'Don Giovanni' + MORE

Charles T. Downey, New D.C. Public Opera performs its take on Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’ April 28, 2014 Mozart, Don Giovanni, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, R. Jacobs (Harmonia Mundi, 2007) It is hard to keep an opera company, large or small, afloat. In the past few years, the Baltimore Opera, Bal.... More »
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Ian Venables - The Song of the Severn + MORE

Ian Venables The Song of the Severn, The Pine Boughs Past Music; Roderick Williams, Carducci String Quartet, Graham J Lloyd; Signum Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Sep 09 2015 Star rating: 3.5 Lyric melancholy and elegiac, Ian Venables musical responses to the Glouc.... More »
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Because she’s happy + MORE

There are two kinds of opera lovers: Those who despise or tolerate La Gioconda as a preposterous rip-off of Aida that lingered a century in the repertory in spite of its galumphing story, largely because of the popularity of its tuneful ballet—and true opera lovers. We love every silly note of the.... More »
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Book Review: Gilmore, "Claude Vivier: A Composer's Life" + MORE

First published in I Care If You Listen Magazine on 2/20/15.Claude Vivier: A Composer’s Lifeby Bob GilmoreUniversity of Rochester Press, 330pp., $34.95Some of the most rewarding passages in Bob Gilmore’s long-anticipated biography of Claude Vivier, the Québécois composer whose reputa.... More »
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Briefly Noted: Orff's 'Gisei' Lives Again + MORE

C. Orff, Gisei — das Opfer, R. McKinny, U. Helzel, Berlin Deutsche Oper, J. Lacombe (released on February 12, 2016) cpo 777819-2 | 60'26" The precocious Carl Orff completed an opera in 1913, when he was only 18 years old, but he never allowed it to be performed. This was long before the compo.... More »
John Malveaux: Daniel Suk Conducted 'Dream' Orchestra in Memorable Mozart 'Requiem' on April 4, Anniversary of Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Maestro Daniel SukPatrick BlackwellJohn Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:Korean-American Maestro Daniel Suk conducted a memorable performance of Mozart Requiem in tribute to Dr. MLK Jr. on April 4 anniversary of King’s assassination featuring the Dream Orchestra, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Choir, and Opera Chorus of Los Angeles…

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Met finds last-minute Mimi

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Met finds last-minute MimiKristine Opolais, who sang her first Madam Butterfly at the Met last night, will star again tonight in La Boheme. That’s brave. Ms Opolais is married to the conductor Andris Nelsons. Substitute announcement follows.   Subject: Metropolitan Opera Cast Change Advisory – Today’s La Boheme Kristine Opolais will sing Mimi in today’s matinee performance of […]

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Pure Magic! L'Ormindo at the Globe

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Pure Magic! L'Ormindo at the GlobeHarry Nicoll in L’Ormindo © Stephen CummiskeyThe Royal Opera House’s latest collaboration is on rather a smaller scale than usual. Cavalli’s L’Ormindo is being performed in the Sam Wanamaker Theatre at the Globe, a reconstruction of an English 17th century indoor theatre. Both theatre and opera are of roughly the same date, Cavalli’s opera was premiered in Venice in 1644…

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J S Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, impress Gerald Fenech. ‘… up there with the best.’

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Violinist Annelle Gregory & classical alto saxophonist Yenny Zhang  performed with San Diego Symphony as the "Best and Brightest" March 30, 2014Annelle GregoryJohn Malveaux and Yenny ZhangJohn Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:2013 San Diego Symphony youth competition culminated March 30, 2014 with violinist Annelle Gregory and classical alto saxophonist Yenny Zhang  performing with the San Diego Symphony as the “Best and Brightest” and each receiving $1,000 check…

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Prince Igor at the Coliseum with Kolobov Novaya Opera02/04/14copyright Tristram KentonBorodin’s Prince Igor is an absolute mishmash of a score, and even if you didn’t know that it was completed by many others (as I didn’t before listening to the first act), you can hear its stylistic incoherence in every bar. In this and many other ways, it presages many aspects of 20th century Modernism and is strongly representative of the gradual replacement of the Teutonic line with the Franco-Russian line as the centre of artform from the late 19th onwards…

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Beethoven in excelsis, Mozart down the toiletOur Stockholm trip was not quite as planned. Originally centred around an interview with Sakari Oramo, on sensational form in recent Beethoven and Shostakovich as the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Conductor, the schedule changed with his indisposition. J and I were still free to go, but the concert had gained another brilliant Finn, Jukka-Pekka Saraste (pictured below, like Radu Lupu lower down, at the very concert by photographer Jan-Olav Wedin – dead impressed that the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra has one on hand for each event)…

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Theft alert: a principal flute loses his instrument

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Theft alert: a principal flute loses his instrumentWe have been asked to post a cry for help from Eyal Ein-Habar, principal flute of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. His flute was in a black bag on a flight from Chapel Hill to Philadelphia on April 4th and was taken, perhaps by mistake, by another passenger. The instrument is a 19.5k Powell flute…

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Soloists, Academy of Ancient Music, Chorus of the AAM/Egarr (director and harpsichord)(AAM)Following concert performances last year, the Academy of Ancient Music and a small choral ensemble singing four to a part have recorded the 1724 version of the St John Passion, which Bach would later revise and elaborate…

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Barbican HallHaydn – Cello Concerto in C major, Hob.VIIb/1Bruckner – Symphony no.7 in E majorTruls Mørk (cello)Royal Concertgebouw OrchestraMariss Jansons (conductor) It was the Haydn C major Concerto, which, despite the massed ranks of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the Bruckner symphony and the radically smaller ensemble deployed before the interval, received the more compelling performance in this, the second of three Concertgebouw concerto-and-Bruckner programmes…

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Faust, Royal Opera House, review

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An electrifying Bryn Terfel queens it over the orgy in this gripping production from David McVicar    

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Amid signs of gloom, the International Opera Awards show opera’s increasing popularity and prestige outside its traditional heartlands, says Ivan Hewett    

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Briefly Noted: Wagner and Dietsch

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Wagner, Der fliegende Holländer (excerpts) / P.-L. Dietsch, Le vaisseau fantôme, ou le maudit des mers, Les Musiciens du Louvre–Grenoble, Eesti Filarmoonia Kammerkoor, M. Minkowski
(released on November 19, 2013)
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Wagner’s Flying Dutchman was rejected by the Paris Opéra on the basis of its first few pages…

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