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Queyras’s Period Cello Sings in Haydn but Bloch’s Beethoven is ‘Wearyingly Turbo-Charged’ + MORE

Escaich, Haydn, Beethoven: Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello), Scottish Chamber Orchestra / Alexandre Bloch (conductor), Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, 20.4.2017. (SRT) Escaich – Baroque Song Haydn – Cello Concerto in D Op.101 Beethoven – Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” Op.55 Alexandre Bloch is a young condu.... More »
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St Petersburg Phil/Temirkanov review its hard to imagine Shostakovichs 10th performed better + MORE

Royal Festival Hall, LondonVengerovs Tchaikovsky was scrupulous rather than dramatic, but it was a privilege to hear this orchestra play Shostakovich Continue reading....... More »
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Two World Premieres from Ballet Black + MORE

  Various composers, To Fetch a Pail of Water, Depouillement, Second Coming: Ballet Black, Royal Opera House (Linbury Studio Theatre), London, 11.2.2015 (J.O’D) To Fetch a Pail of Water Dancers: Kanika Carr, Jacob Wye Choreography: Kit HolderMusic: Clark: Mother McKnight, Nostalgic Oblong and Sk.... More »

Classical Music in NYC This Week + MORE

Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera..... More »

Blast from the Past: An Open Letter on Matters Gustav Mahler + MORE

An open, but unsent, letter to Fanfare Magazine from 2011 on the subject of Lynn René Bayley and her hyperbolic review of Naxos’ box of Mahler Symphonies for the Fanfare Magazine. A bit of a rant, but I found myself amused by it, still, when I found it just now. Dear Fanfare Editor, I have tri.... More »
Plácido Domingo is extending his tenure as general director of Los Angeles Opera through the end of the 2018-19 season, the company announced at a board meeting on Friday.

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OutskirtsHas anyone made Balzac’s “Sarrasine” into an opera? That’s the tale of a French artist in Rome falling in love with an opera diva—who turns out to be a castrato en travestie. (Women were forbidden the stage in Pope-land.) The story is simple, an anecdote, but the MacGuffin of gender is kept writhing in the air by the diva’s fear of her lover’s fury should he learn that the appealingly feminine creature he loves is, in fact, a man…

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A new season of opera is upon us, with San Francisco’s company staging Bellini’s ‘Norma’ for its opener and Opera San Jose presenting Verdi’s classic ‘Rigoletto.’ Does the prospect of attending one of those fill you with joy or dread? Email us and tell us whether you love or loathe opera.

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Salzburg Schubert Fierrabras Knights in white satin

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Salzburg Schubert Fierrabras Knights in white satinKnights in white sarin – Schubert’s opera Fierrabras at the Salzburg Festival, conducted by Ingo Metzmacher. Fierrabras is an opera with no performance tradition, whatsoever. The only performances between 1835 and the 1980’s were concert performances, some in greatly shortened versions. Arguably, there’s little Beidermeier about Fierrabras…

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Preview: Bringing Schubert’s Vienna to Oxford (10th October – 1st November 2014) How many songs did Schubert set to music? If you come to Oxford this October you’ll be able to listen to them all and count them! Franz Schubert has been at the core of the Oxford Lieder Festival since its all-Schubert inception in […]

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Roberto Alagna rejects Pereira’s advances and says no to La ScalaSince being appointed Sovrintendente of La Scala, one of Alexander Pereira first aims was to entice back to the theatre some of the opera world’s most famous singers, many of whom vowed not to return – or even not to even make their début – for fear of the legendary loggionisti. These are the people who dominate the upper levels of theatre and can be needlessly harsh on singers who are, for various reasons, not in favour…

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Opera Lyrica's Cosi fan tutte

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Opera Lyrica's Cosi fan tutteElinor Rolfe Johnson Mozart Cosi fan tutte; Opera Lyrica, cond. William Cole, dir. Paola Cuffolo; Twentieth Century Theatre Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Sep 4 2014 Star rating: 4.0Young performers giving a technically proficient and dramatically engaging account of Mozart’s operaOpera Lyrica is giving two performances of their production of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte at the Twentieth Century Theatre…

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As Classical MPR marks back-to-school month and as the Minnesota Orchestra kicks off its season with special guest, soprano Renee Fleming, we've located this archival interview clip in which Fleming highlights the role of education in any singer's career.

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Włodzimierz Kotoński, 1925–2014

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Sad news from Adrian Thomas that the Polish composer Włodzimierz Kotoński has died, aged 89. Along with Jan Krenz (b.1926) and Bogusław Schaeffer (b.1929), Kotoński was the last major surviving Polish composer born before 1930.  He was renowned as a composition teacher at the Music Academy in Warsaw and his roster of pupils reads like … Continue reading →

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Briefly Noted: Barbara Strozzi

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B. Strozzi, Arias and Cantatas, op. 8, E. Galli, La Risonanza, F. Bonizzoni
(re-released on July 29, 2014)
Glossa GCDC81503 | 72’01"The historically informed performance ensemble La Risonanza was founded in 1995, but we reviewed them live for the first time in a concert at the Library of Congress only two years ago…

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In his second program with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl this week,  enterprising maestro Ludovic Morlot zeroed in on two areas in which he is making his mark with the Seattle Symphony: American and French music of the 20th century. 

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Rosenblatt Recitals turns 15

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Rosenblatt Recitals turns 15Stephen Costello ©Dario AcostaRosenblatt Recitals opens its new season on Tuesday 23 September 2014 with a recital by the American tenor Stephen Costello. This new season, again the Wigmore Hall, celebrates 15 years of Rosenblatt Recitals during which a remarkable array of established stars and new talent have appeared…

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Which opera is this?

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Which opera is this?
Meistersinger? No.
Peter Grumps? Also not.
I give in.
It’s Norwegian Opera’s new production of Shostakovich Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, which opened last night in Oslo.
Critic Erling E Gulbrandsen calls it: ‘An An extreme scene of devastating sex on top of a huge heap of slimy cod.’

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