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US opera retreats from hinterland + MORE

Larry Johnson at South Florida Classical Review reports that Florida Grand Opera is pulling out of Fort Lauderdale. Susan T. Danis, FGO boss, said if she doesn’t receive $400,000 from local donors by January 31, FL gets cut off. ‘It’s not the way I want to do it,’ said Danis. ‘.... More »
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More Mastery from Igor Levit in Beethoven + MORE

Beethoven: Igor Levit (piano). Wigmore Hall, London, 18.3.2017. (CC) Beethoven, Piano Sonatas: No.27 in E minor, Op.90; No.28 in A, Op.101; No.29 in B flat, Op.106, “Hammerklavier” This is the first of Igor Levit’s ongoing series of Beethoven piano sonata recitals that I have had the privileg.... More »
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Women make up more than half of all US orchestral players + MORE

…. According to a reflective piece on Bloomberg by economics Professor Melvyn Krauss: Once considered a protected male preserve, symphony orchestras are becoming the most gender-blind employers in the U.S. The St. Louis Symphony had 18 women out of 88 musicians in 1964. In 2016, more than h.... More »
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Hans Zender’s Remarkable Response to Schubert’s Winterreise Vividly Personified by Ian Bostridge + MORE

The Dark Mirror: Zender’s Winterreise: Ian Bostridge (tenor); Britten Sinfonia/Baldur Brönnimann. Barbican Theatre, 12.5.2016. (CC) Director, designer and video artist – Netia Jones Hans Zender’s response to Schubert’s Winterreise – or, as he puts it, a “composed interpretation” .... More »
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Watch Maestro Bill Eddins's swimsuit competition video + MORE

Yesterday I posted news of an opera conductor swimsuit competition being held by the blog Opera Candy. It seemed unlikely that any serious conductor would accept the blog's invitation to submit a swimsuit video, but the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra's Bill Eddins has in fact tendered a submission..... More »
Changing newspaper criticism: Der Rosenkavalier, 1911 and 2014Julius Korngold in the Neue Freie Presse, 9 April 1911Opening: Although his superior talents have caused him to be designated a leading musician, no one is less suited to this role than Richard Strauss. The Germans want a priest, someone who will champion an art that serves profound ends. Strauss is driven by the ego sensibility of the modern artist, who wants, first of all, to serve himself and his sensations…

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Critics attacked for describing Tara Erraught, who plays Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival, as ‘dumpy’

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Gloria – A Pigtale purports to be a satirical parable but it is a total disaster, says Rupert Christiansen

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A Positive Message About Change And Adversity

On 5/20/2014, Opera America (OA) published a statement about the San Diego Opera and related issues as they apply to the opera field. The statement acknowledges the difficulties opera organizations have been experiencing since the economic downturn but unlike similar efforts (remember Red Alert?) it conveys a meaningful upbeat message that doesn’t fall prey to self-deceiving, Pollyannaish nonsense…

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Bagged by Baron Ochs Glyndebourne Der Rosenkavalier

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Bagged by Baron Ochs Glyndebourne Der RosenkavalierRichard Strauss Der Rosenkavalier opened Glyndebourne’s 80th anniversary season, dedicated to the memory of George Christie, who created country house opera as we know it today. “My father loved Der Rosenkavalier”, said Gus Christie.”I think he would have likedthis production”, he added with a wink, “Though he would, as always, have had a lot to say about it”…

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Straussian high days and holy days

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Straussian high days and holy daysTussock time, as in leaping from one pleasure to another, truly began the Friday before last with the annual Europe Day Concert in St John’s Smith Square and continued on Sunday and Monday at Glyndebourne. 150th birthday boy Richard Strauss was central to both: for the Rosenkavalier Study Day, obviously, in anticipation of Richard Jones’s production opening this afternoon – can’t wait – and in the truly surprising component of the European Union Youth Orchestra’s yearly marriage with singers from the European Opera Centre (official credit to the European Commission for the concert photos)…

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Simon Callow On Richard Wagner

– www.the-wagnerian.com

Simon Callow On Richard WagnerSimon Callow on Richard Wagner.Wagner was not promiscuous, he was serially amorousAn atheist, Wagner immersed himself in the work of Arthur Schopenhauer, who believed that life was essentially an illusion, and that the only contact we have with reality is when we make love. This notion struck Wagner, on the basis of wide personal experience, as deeply true…

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San Diego Opera 2015 Season

– operatattler.typepad.com

San Diego Opera's closure has been rescinded. The 2015 season includes La bohème, Don Giovanni, and Nixon in China. The ongoing crowd funding effort has resulted in a total of $2,116,376 in donations from 2,461 of donors as of midnight Sunday, May 18, 2014.
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Vivaldi – L'Incoronazione di Dario

– www.planethugill.com

Vivaldi - L'Incoronazione di Dario Vivaldi – L’incoronazione di Dario: Anders Dahlin, Sara Mingardo, Delphine Dalou, Accademia Bizantina, Ottavio Dantone: naive Reviewed by Robert Hugillon May 13 2014 Star rating: 3.5Sparkling performance of Vivaldi’s semi-comic operaVolume 58 of naive’s Vivaldi Edition (volume 18 of the composer’s theatrical works) is devoted to Vivaldi’s 1717 opera L’incoronazione di Dario…

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Ensemble. Mesmerising Power

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Julian Anderson’s new opera ‘Thebans’, reviewed by Roderic Dunnett

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Mr. Decker, a former music director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra who also had significant conducting stints in Calgary, Winnipeg and Ottawa, died Monday.

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The Elias String Quartet Immersed in Beethoven

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Beethoven: Elias String Quartet [Sara Bitlloch &  Donald Grant (violins), Martin Saving (viola), Marie Bitlloch (cello)], Malin Broman (viola), Wigmore Hall, London, 19.5.2014 (CS) String Quartet in F Op.18 No.1 String Quintet in C Op.29 String Quartet in A minor Op.132   Two hours of chamber music by Beethoven comprising three weighty masterpieces demands considerable […]

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Constantin Frantz: Offener Brief an Richard WagnerVolltext aus dem Bayreuther Blätter, Juni 1878. Constantin Frantz (12. Sep 1817 – 2. Mai 1891) gehört ursprünglich um den Junghegelianer wie Max Stirner, David Strauß, Ludwig Feuerbach, Arnold Ruge sowie Marx und Engels. Später aber tritt Frantz von Hegelianismus zurrück und ging zu einer reaktionäre schellingianische Seite über…

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