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Opera Review: ‘Gloria — A Pig Tale’ Brings Opera to the Met Museum + MORE

H K Gruber’s opera “Gloria — A Pig Tale” opened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Thursday as part of the 11-day NY Phil Biennial..... More »
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West Edge Opera 2016 Festival + MORE

Hoo boy, great news from West Edge Opera about their 2016 summer festival. They'll be performing three operas, all in the old Oakland Wood St. train station, which was a wonderfully atmospheric location for this past summer's magnificent Lulu:Handel, AgrippinaAdès, Powder Her FaceJanáček, The Cun.... More »
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Opera Philadelphia Names Rene Orth 6th Composer in Residence + MORE

Opera Philadelphia, in collaboration with Music-Theatre Group in New York, has announced that composer Rene Orth has been selected as its sixth composer in residence. Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the position combines an individualized plan of study with a living stipend and health ben.... More »
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Enterprising Concert Features Welsh Composers Old and New + MORE

Welsh Foundations 1 – Jones, Hoddinott, Hardy, Mathias:  Alec Frank-Gemmill (horn), BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Grant Llewellyn (conductor). Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, 18.10.2016. (PCG) Daniel Jones – Ieuenctid (1956) Alun Hoddinott – Horn Concerto, Op.65 (1969) John Hardy – Blue Lette.... More »
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Extension + MORE

A Metropolitan Opera press release says:There's a 72-hour extension of the talks, with no lockout yet.The Federal Mediation and Reconciliation requested the extension.The Met has reached agreements with Local 32BJ, which represents ushers, ticket takers, cleaning staff, porters, security guards.... More »

A Distinguished Concert by the Pavel Haas Quartet

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 Schubert, Britten, Shostakovich Pavel Haas Quartet (Veronika Jarůšková, Marek Zwiebel (violins); Pavel Nikl (viola); Peter Jarůšek (cello) with Daniil Trifonov (piano). Wigmore Hall, London 2.12.2013,  (CC) Schubert – Quartettsatz in C minor, D703 Britten  – String Quartet No. 2 in C, Op…

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More Britten, with Finzi and Holst, from Derby Bach Choir, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

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Barbican HallSchreker – Vorspiel zu einen DramaBusoni – Berceuse élégiaque, op.42Ravel – ShéhérazadePavane pour une infante défunteSchoenberg – Chamber Symphony no.1, version for full orchestra, op.9bNora Gubisch (soprano)BBC Symphony OrchestraJosep Pons (conductor) A refreshing programme of early(-ish)-twentieth-century orchestral music from the BBC SO and Catalan conductor, Josep Pons, which, if it did not always possess the last word in refinement, certainly benefited from Pons’s palpable enthusiasm for this repertoire…

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In Carsen’s ‘Falstaff’ at the Met, Verdi Through a Postwar LensRobert Carsen’s production of Verdi’s “Falstaff” comes to the Metropolitan Opera after a very well received run in London.    

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CBSO/Nelsons – review

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CBSO/Nelsons – reviewSymphony Hall, BirminghamBrahms’s Third began almost glutinously, but recovered irresistibly, while the violinist Isabelle Faust’s Britten was startlingly freshLast season, Andris Nelsons worked his way through all nine of the Beethoven symphonies, but he is taking his time exploring Brahms with his City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra…

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Oxford Lieder Schubert Project unveiled

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Oxford Lieder Schubert Project unveiledThe 2014 Oxford Lieder Festival will feature every song Schubert ever wrote alongside a host of his other works. Bringing Schubert’s Vienna to Oxford in a dazzling feast of music, art, theatre, food & drink, this three-week festival is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to immerse yourself in the master of song and his world…

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5 questions to Phyllis Chen (Director, UnCaged Toy Piano Festival)Phyllis Chen is an accomplished pianist, both on the full-sized concert instrument and on the pint-sized toy piano. In addition to her frequent appearances with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) as a composer and performer, she is also the Director of the UnCaged Toy Piano Festival, which she started in 2007 to expand the interest in and repertoire for this captivating instrument…

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Parsifal: crystal bells, magic garden

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Parsifal: crystal bells, magic gardenThose great bells which sound four notes so solemn-jubilant in Act One and so doomy-despairing in Act Three of Wagner’s Parsifal are making a discreetly joyful sound in my head now that I’ve sent over the script for Radio 3’s Building a Library. It’s by no means the end of the quest, which will happen once I’ve declaimed the holy text in the studio on Tuesday morning…

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Day 6 — Wiegenlied

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Day 6 — WiegenliedOnly Strauss (and Richard Dehmel) could come up with a cradle song so erotic. Rather than focussing on the child – as Brahms does with his famous setting of words from Des Knaben Wunderhorn – Dehmel’s poem, taken from the ‘Venus Mater’ section of his erotic rhapsody De Verwandlungen der Venus, remembers the moment of conception…

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Richard Alston, pianist, featured as 'The Maestro' in 'Matters Magazine' Holiday 2013 issue, which can be read online(Photo from Matters Magazine – Holiday 2013)Pianist Richard Alston writes:Hello Bill,In the Holiday 2013 issue, Matters Magazine has done an article on my career as a concert pianist, educator  and life as a resident of Maplewood, NJ. You can view the Holiday 2013 issue by clicking the link below…

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Ladies Night In A Foggy FroSch

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Review – Die Frau ohne Schatten (Live stream from Bayerische Staatsoper, Sunday 1 December 2013)
Die Kaiserin/Empress – Adrianne Pieczonka
Der Kaiser/Emperor – Johan Botha
Barak, the Dyer – Wolfgang Koch
The Dyer’s Wife – Elena Pankratova
Die Amme/ Nurse – Deborah Polaski
The Messenger – Sebastian Holecek
The Falcon – Eri Nakamura
The Dyer’s Brothers – Tim Kuypers, Christian Rieger & Matthew Peña
Watchmen – Andrea Borghini, Rafal Pawnuk & Leonard Bernad
Voices of the Unborn – Laura Tatulescu, Heike Grötzinger, Tara Erraught, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, Eri Nakamura & Okka von der Damerau
Director – Krzysztof Warlikowski
Stage & Costume – Malgorzata Szczesniak
Lighting – Felice Ross
Choreography – Claude Bardouil
Video – Denis Guéguin
Animation – Kamil Polak
Dramaturgy – Miron Hakenbeck
Orchestra of the Bayerische Staatsoper
Kirill Petrenko (Conductor)
Hats off once again to the Bayerische Staatsoper for their commitment to live-streaming opera from their magnificent opera house…

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DVD Boxset: Lohengrin, Tannhäuser, RienziA  boxset from Arthaus Musik earlier this year – details below. We might not normally mention it apart from the fact that Amazon (Other retailers may also apply – even those that may pay their taxes) is presently offering the entire set for only £20! ($53) Full details below.THE WAGNER COLLECTION – 6 DVD BOX SETLohengrinLive Recording from The Wiener Staatsoper, 1990Plácido Domingo (Lohengrin), Robert Lloyd (Heinrich der Vogler),Cheryl Studer (Elsa), Dunja Vejzovic (Ortrud), Hartmut Welker (Telramund) & Georg Tichy (Der Heerrufer des königs)Wiener Staatsoper, Claudio Abbado (conductor) & Wolfgang Weber (stage director)TannhäuserLive Recording from The Festspielhaus Baden-Baden 2008Robert Gambill (Tannhäuser), Camilla Nylund (Elisabeth), Roman Trekel(Wolfram von Eschenbach), Waltraud Meier (Venus), Stephen Milling(Hermann, Landgraf von Thüringen), Marcel Reijans (Walther von der Vogelweide), Tom Fox (Biterolf), Andreas Hörl (Reimar von Zweter), Florian Hoffmann (Heinrich der Schreiber), Katherina Müller (Ein junger Hirt), Claudia Chmelar, Anna-Katina Tilch, Manuela Leonhartsberger, Martina König (Edelknaben) & Reinier van der Eng (Geist des Tannhäuser)Philharmonia Chor Wien & Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin,Philippe Jordan (conductor) & Nikolaus Lehnhoff (director)RienziVersion in two parts by Philipp Stölzl and Christian Baier…

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All pictures courtesy Bavarian State Opera, © Wilfried Hösl. Details, click for full picture.
The 50th anniversary of the re-opening of Munich’s National Theater was celebrated with a production—then as now—of Richard Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten. On November 21st the town, or at least the part of it interested in the Bavarian State Opera,was atwitter about the new production as it had not

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