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Met Opera: Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci + MORE

Join us Saturday at noon for a live broadcast of one of opera's most enduring double bills -- Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci -- live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York..... More »
virtuosos

Terrible news: Wonderful countertenor dies, aged 49 + MORE

Family and friends are reporting the death of Brian Asawa, a dazzling countertenor who in 2014 set up a management agency for opera singers. Brian was 49, or possibly 50. The report says he passed away today at 12:42 pm surrounded by his loving family.     Three years after a 1991 debut .... More »
opera

Nonsense of the day + MORE

As a rule, non-specialist articles on classical music feel compelled to mention at the earliest opportunity that the art form is clutched in the bony hands of ghastly old people. A Times magazine profile of Caroline Shaw is no exception: "A few months ago, in Iowa City, I attended a recital by .... More »
orchestra

“Did You Know We Were Paying The Musicians?” + MORE

Updates are a good thing. So are interns. Put them together and you get a brand new layout for Who’s Minding The Score?. The funniest satire-fortified carton about orchestra life to grace the intertubes. The new design sports lazy loading which means you can get through each cartoon in t.... More »
operas

ROYAL OPERA SEASON 2016 – 2017: theatre, cinema and radio + MORE

All the details of the 2016-2017 Opera Season at London’s Royal Opera House: skip to section: ROYAL OPERA 2016-2017 SEASON – IN BRIEF THE ROYAL OPERA 2016-2017 SEASON THE ROYAL OPERA SEASON 2016-2017 – IN FULL BBC RADIO 3 AT THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE LIVE CINEMA SEASO.... More »
Brava, Jessye! Met Opera Guild’s 80th Luncheon salutes Jessye NormanOn Friday, November 21, the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s 80th Annual Luncheon presents Brava, Jessye! to salute the legendary Jessye Norman, who recently wrote about her life in a memoir titled Stand Up Straight and Sing!A perennial highlight of the opera season, the Luncheon will bring together a host of artists and other luminaries to honour the sumptuous-voiced soprano and her long and celebrated career, including The Honorable Mario Cuomo, Julie Taymor, Maestro Kurt Masur, Arthur Mitchell and Deborah Voigt, in addition to opera fans and an array of New York’s society, business, and civic leaders…

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Some More New on the Proms

– www.sequenza21.com

On August 27, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Myung-Whun Chung, in its first appearance at the Proms, included, along with Debussy’s La Mer and the Tschaikovsky Sixth Symphony, Šu, a concerto for Sheng and orchestra by their compatriot Unsuk Chin, with soloist Wu Wei. The sound of the sheng, which is ethereal, if not down right ineffable, dominates the work…

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ENO Otello – all the markings of a great classic

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

ENO Otello - all the markings of a great classicVerdi Otello at the English National Opera. Definitely worth seeing, especially when things have settled after the premiere. The set is so stylish that it would have been an overwhelming experience at the Royal Opera House with a top notch international cast and conductor and sung in Italian. Fundamentally, opera  costs money…

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Magda Olivero obituary

– www.guardian.co.uk

Magda Olivero obituaryItalian prima donna with one of the longest careers in the history of operaThe Italian prima donna Magda Olivero, who has died aged 104, had one of the most remarkable careers of the 20th century, above all as a leading exponent of the often-derided art of the verismo soprano. The post-Romantic realism of the verismo movemement in Italian opera, notably in works by Giacomo Puccini, Francesco Cilea, Franco Alfano, Umberto Giordano and Pietro Mascagni, provided an outlet ideally suited to her compelling presence, and brought her a great following…

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More composers in fast cars

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

More composers in fast carsThese five come courtesy of Mogens Madsen and Bart Diels, to add to our original collection pack.
First, that Danish racer Carl Nielsen…

followed by Mr & Mrs Paul Hindemith in an open top (she won’t give up the wheel),

Roberto Gerhard out for a ride with his brother,

and Hans-Werner Henze in a getaway car after the riotous 1968 première of his oratorio ‘Das Floß der Medusa’, dedicated to Che Guevara…

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Throughout his political career, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky has been a notable advocate for arts organizations, especially local classical-music groups both large and small. He has spoken at concerts and even tried his hand at guest conducting on a number of occasions.

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An Integral Part

– www.mvdaily.com

Lindsey Wallis looks forward to the Canadian Music Centre’s tribute concert to composer Roberta Stephen

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It is 30 years ago – but feels like another life – that David Alden first exploded on to English National Opera’s Coliseum stage with his forever notorious cut-price staging of Tchaikovsky’s Mazeppa. None of us there will ever forget the high-drama of that evening on stage and off. The booing began with the ballet about 20 minutes in and at the close even “impartial” critics (yes, myself included) were howling our approval – or otherwise – publicly…

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John Malveaux: Los Angeles Times: 'The Magic Flute,' South Africa style, heads for the Broad StageLos Angeles Times: The South African company’s production of “The Magic Flute” will be at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. (Keith Pattison / The Broad Stage)John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:In recent years, South Africa has become a leading exporter of first class opera artists and touring productions…

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Some More New on the Proms

– www.sequenza21.com

On August 27, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Myung-Whun Chung, in its first appearance at the Proms, included, along with Debussy’s La Mer and the Tschaikovsky Sixth Symphony, Šu, a concerto for Sheng and orchestra by their compatriot Unsuk Chin, with soloist Wu Wei. The sound of the sheng, which is ethereal, if not down right ineffable, dominates the work…

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Benignly British – Last Night of the Proms 2014

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Benignly British  - Last Night of the Proms 2014Last Night of the BBC Proms 2014. Thousands were there, having fun, and thousands more at open air Proms all over the country. I was at Otello at the ENO – new production by David Alden. I’ll write about that in a few hours, please come back – it was good! The real Last Night of the Proms was  a thrilling Beethoven Ninth with the Leipzig Gewandhaus (reviewed here)  So the Last Last Night of the Proms is Silly Season, a time to unwind and ham things up…

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  Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Mozart, Balakirev: Nicholas Walker (piano) Sherwell Centre, Plymouth University, Plymouth. 13.9.2014 (PRB) Beethoven: Sonata in D minor, Op 31 No 2 (Tempest) Chopin: Nocturne in B major, Op 62 No1 Nocturne in E major, Op 62 No 2 Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No 1 Mozart: Sonata in F major, K 332 Balakirev: Sonata […]

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Opera Parallele 2014-15 Season

– irontongue.blogspot.com

Another two-opera season for Opera Parallele, with some notable casting, plus a benefit cabaret:Cabaret with soprano Sheri GreenawaldWhen: October 2, 2014 6:00 p.m.Where: Marines’ Memorial Club609 Sutter Street, San FranciscoTables of 10: $2500 and $5000Individual Tickets $250For table reservations and sponsorship opportunities:Contact: Executive Director Tod Brody at 415-626-6279Dead Man Walking, by Jake HeggieCast: Jennifer Rivera (Sister Helen Prejean), Michael Mayes (Joe DeRocher), Catherine Cook (Mrs…

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