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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 »

American Opera Initiative: Three More Miniatures + MORE

Leah Hawkins in Alexandra (photo by Scott Suchman for Washington National Opera) One of the best things that the folks at Washington National Opera did after the merger with the Kennedy Center was to create the American Opera Initiative. With access to the other spaces of the Kennedy Center, the com.... More »
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Daily Download: Antonin Dvorak - Symphony No. 9: II. Largo + MORE

Get a free MP3 of Antonin Dvorak - Symphony No. 9: II. Largo, performed by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra..... More »
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RNCM’s Vibrant Performance and Slick Production of Weill’s Street Scene + MORE

Kurt Weill, Street Scene: Royal Northern College of Music Theatre, Manchester  2.12.2015. (RJW) This American opera of 1946, with well-written book by Elmer Rice and additional lyrics by Langston Hughes is a good romp for today’s students for there is a large cast that are all given opportunitie.... More »

ArtsBeat: Tribute to Julius Rudel Aims to Aid City Opera Revival + MORE

An all-star tribute to Julius Rudel, the music director who helped build New York City Opera and led it during its glory years, is set for March..... More »
Hero of the week: Soprano stands out against racist partyThe operatic soprano Malena Ernman has boldly shed professional neutrality and launched a stinging attack on the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrat party, which she calls neo-fascist.
Malena, who is about to sing Handel’s Xerxes, says that she saw while living in Switzerland how racism and Islamophobia has become the norm in many countries across Europe…

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Philharmonia/Salonen review  curious Saariaho and uninvolving SibeliusRoyal Festival Hall, LondonThe Philharmonia were refined and violinist Lisa Batiashvili was brilliant, but Kaija Saariaho’s new organ work lacked focus and the Sibelius felt rather detachedKaija Saariaho’s new work for organ and orchestra, is not, she insists, an organ concerto, but rather a "a fruitful and inspiring companionship"…

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Mezzo Soprano Marietta Simpson & Keyboardist Evelyn Simpson-Curenton in concert at Indiana University at Bloomington, Saturday, June 28, 2014, 8pmMarietta SimpsonEvelyn Simpson-CurentonJeanette M. Pollard writes:Hello Bill: Just wanted to let you know that the Simpson sisters will be in concert at Indiana University at Bloomington, on Saturday, June 28, 2014, 8pm.  Marietta, Mezzo Soprano, will be a featured soloist, and sister Evelyn will accompany her on keyboards…

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Mary Rodgers, Author, Composer and Richard Rodgers’ Daughter, Dies at 83Ms. Rodgers, born into American musical theater royalty, wrote the music for “Once Upon a Mattress” and the novel “Freaky Friday.”

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Handel – Siroe

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Handel - Siroe Handel Siroe; Yosemeh Adjei, Anna Dennis, Aleksandra Zamojska, Gottingen Festival Orchestra, Laurence Cummings; Accent Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jun 14 2014 Star rating: 4.0Lovely dramatic feel to Handel’s rarely done 1728 operaHandel’s 1728 opera Siroe has not, so far, done well on disc so this new recording on the Accent label is most welcome…

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A little night music — under the stars, surrounded by trees and performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra — is made to order for summer nights. The second annual June Summer Concert Mini-Series takes place June 26, 27 and 28 at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle…

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Rupert Christiansen on a remarkably good newcomer to country-house opera

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Composer & Pianist George Walker was born June 27, 1922; Albany Records pairs his 'Sonata No. 2 for Violin & Piano' with Beethoven’s ‘Emperor Concerto’George Walker: Composer and PerformerGeorge Walker: Sonata No. 2 for Violin and PianoLudwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 (Emperor)Albany Records Troy 1478 (2014)The composer and pianist George Walker was born in Washington, D…

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Mary Rodgers could be considered theater royalty solely by virtue of her birthright. As the daughter of composer Richard Rodgers, she had a front-row seat to the creation of some of the most famous stage musicals ever written.

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Julius Rudel, Longtime Impresario and Conductor of City Opera, Dies at 93The Austrian-born conductor had led the organization, called “the people’s opera,” for 22 years and continued to be its backer.

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Opera in the U.S. has never had a wider reach, but the art form is facing threats from special interest groups (in San Diego and New York), fear of opera’s power (the ADL’s objections to the Met’s ‘Klinghoffer’) and even the Met’s size. What is to be done?Opera in the U.S. has never had a wider reach, but the art form is facing threats from special interest groups (in San Diego and New York), fear of opera’s power (the ADL’s objections to the Met’s ‘Klinghoffer’) and even the Met’s size…

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Cadogan HallBach – Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041Schoenberg – Verklärte Nacht, op.4Mozart – Exsultate, jubilate, KV 165/158aMendelssohn – Symphony no.4 in A major, op.90, ‘Italian’Arianna Zukerman (soprano)Royal Philharmonic OrchestraPinchas Zukerman (violin, conductor) Pinchas Zukerman is joining the RPO for a ‘Summer Music Festival’ at Cadogan Hall, involving chamber as well as orchestral music, the former with musicians from the Royal College of Music…

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Rigoletto review  claustrophobic drama about a broken court jesterJoan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera HouseOpera Australia’s traditional rendition of the Verdi opera has the audience humming its famous tunes and eating out of Emma Matthews’ hand It is a blustery Sydney night as Opera Australias winter season descends upon us with a strong, traditional rendition of Verdis Rigoletto…

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