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The people are the heroes now + MORE

On this day in 1971 President Nixon announced he would visit the People’s Republic of China.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RzPwt9bQ3g Born on this day in 1905 lyricist Dorothy Fields http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ly1pegFBJvc Born on this day in 1921 composer Jack Beeson http://www.... More »

Clinton’s music director will conduct a counter-inauguration with opera stars + MORE

Glen Roven conducted both inauguration concerts for President Bill Clinton and was on standby to repeat the honour for Hillary. When that dream failed, he decided to set two of Hillary’s speeches to music and have them performed by some of the leading names in opera on the day of Donald Trump&.... More »

A Truly Wonderful Evening of Schumann Lieder + MORE

Schumann: Christiane Karg (soprano); Christian Gerhaher (baritone); Gerold Huber (piano). Wigmore Hall, London, 8.2.2016. (CC) Lieder und Gesänge aus Wilhelm Meister, Op. 98a Romanzen und Balladen, Op. 64 Myrthen, Op. 25 In a nice change from the (very welcome) onslaught of Schubert Lieder at the .... More »

Met Opera: Roberto Devereux + MORE

Join us Saturday at noon for a live broadcast of Donizetti's 'Roberto Devereux', from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Tenor Matthew Polenzani stars in the title role, and Sondra Radvanovsky makes history by taking on all three of Donizetti's Tudor queen operas over the course of a single season..... More »
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Ashley Graham’s see-through outfit + MORE

THE plus-size supermodel flaunted her famous curves in a racy sheer ensemble while stepping out in New York recently..... More »

Meryl Streep to play Maria Callas

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Meryl Streep is set to play legendary opera singer Maria Callas in an upcoming film adaptation of Terrence McNally’s play Master Class.
Directed by Mike Nichols for HBO, the film will be set at The Juilliard School during the 1970s and will include incidental music by Verdi, Puccini, and Bellini…

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Quartett, review: 'generic wittering'

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This new opera at Covent Garden lacks urgency, says Rupert Christiansen

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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 pit and the pendulum

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The pit and the pendulum“The award-winning MET Orchestra’s global reputation as a top-tier ensemble is critical to New York City’s tourism and cultural economy,” begins a statement by, you guessed it, the Met Orchestra and AFM Local 802. They proceed to present their case that the company is mismanaged under Peter Gelb, and La Cieca will leave it as an exercise for the reader to interpret the statistics and charts they produce…

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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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Provocative but Werktreue, Manon Lescaut Royal Opera House

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Provocative but Werktreue, Manon Lescaut Royal Opera HouseManon Lescaut at the Royal Opera House, London, brings out the humanity which lies beneath Puccini’s music. The composer was drawn to what we’d now called “outsiders. In Manon Lescaut, Puccini describes his anti-heroine with unsentimental honesty. His lush harmonies describe the way she abandons herself to luxury, but he doesn’t lose sight of the moral toughness at the heart of Abbé Prévost’s story, Manon is sensual but, like her brother, fatally obssessed with material things…

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Félicien David (1810-1876)

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F. David, Le Souvenir, Quatuor Mosaïques (Laborie, 2012)

F. David, String Quartets 1,2,4, Quatuor Cambini-Paris (Naive, 2012)
We have been on a bit of a Félicien David kick this year, since listening to the recording of his opera Lalla Roukh from Opera Lafayette. At the same time there have been several revivals of his music in France, making him "la révélation du moment," according to an

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Breaking: MET Orchestra Accuse Peter Gelb Of MismanagementAnd they do so in a rather detailed 14 page report. Some surprising statistics for the latest MET Ring in the backMET OPERA ORCHESTRA AND LOCAL 802 AFM RELEASE REPORT TO MET OPERA BOARD ASSERTING MISMANAGEMENT ON PART OF GENERAL MANAGER PETER GELB “Peter Gelb has recently begun stating “opera is dying,” and that we must therefore cut labor costs…

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Manon Top

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Manon TopThe new production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut at the Royal Opera House, directed by Jonathan Kent, has already divided audiences into those who applaud the contemporary relevance of its updating and those who’d rather just see the beautiful Kristine Opolais clad in a nice pretty dress. Others still were so swept away by the music and its ravishing performance that they didn’t much care what was going on on the stage in any case…

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On Site Opera performed Rameau’s “Pygmalion” at Madame Tussauds, enrolling the likenesses of Julia Roberts and Kim Kardashian in the tale of the sculptor who falls in love with his creation.

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Curtain Calls

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Curtain CallsThis article first appeared at auditionoracle.com Photo: operacreep.wordpress.comLast night I was one of many who had the opportunity to see Terry Gilliam Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini at the cinema. There are all sorts of wonderful things to talk about but I thought I might just dwell on one of those things that often get left to the last minute in opera performances, if they get dealt with at all: the final bow…

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CBSO/Nelsons review  ravishing rendition of Abrahamsen's song cycleSymphony Hall, BirminghamBarbara Hannigan soared with grace and ease as Ophelia in astonishingly beautiful new song cycleThough they are not the rarities they used to be, new works from Hans Abrahamsen are still not-to-be-missed events. Now in his 60s, the Danish composer seems to settle new musical territory in every piece he composes, remaking his language and reassessing his debts to the past at every step…

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Carlos Kalmar leads orchestra, cast and chorus in Berlioz’ classic as the Grant Park Music Festival moves indoors for two nights.

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