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Looking Ahead: The music series at Buxton Festival + MORE

Buxton Opera HouseThis year's Buxton Festival will include stagings of Verdi's original version of Macbeth, Britten's Albert Herring, and Mozart's Lucio Silla, plus a visit from Music Theatre Wales' productions of Guto Puw's new Welsh-language opera Y Twr. But the festival's music programme also inc.... More »
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Death of a great American concertmaster + MORE

Leading concertmasters* and close friends have shared reports of the death today of Joseph Silverstein, legendary concertmaster of the Boston Symphony from 1962 to 1984. He was 83. After stepping down at Boston he became music director of the Utah Symphony, 1983 to 1998, a most uncommon upgrade. Joe.... More »
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The Chain of Musical Communication + MORE

  Verdi, Dvorak, Strauss.  Orchestra and Chorus of Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Chorus Master, Ciro Visco.  Conductor, Sir Antonio Pappano.  Anna Netrebko (soprano).  Sala Santa Cecilia, Parco della Musica, Rome 20.12.2014 (JB) When Giuseppe Verdi saw Adelaida Ristori’s Lady Macbeth,.... More »
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Music of Pauline Oliveros in Los Angeles + MORE

On Tuesday, September 9, 2014 the Southland Ensemble presented a concert of the music of Pauline Oliveros at Human Resources in the arts-friendly Chinatown district of downtown Los Angeles. The performance space, with its wide open floor and lively acoustics was the perfect place given that the work.... More »
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San Francisco Symphony defies classical-music stereotypes with SoundBox + MORE

Unveiled earlier this season, the San Francisco Symphony's intimate, high-tech SoundBox venue -- built into a cavernous rehearsal space adjacent to the orchestra's home, Davies Symphony Hall -- has a casual, convivial, up-to-the-minute vibe, with comfy ottomans and downloadable (rather than printed).... More »
When HBO rolled out a mockumentary poking fun at high tech this spring, Silicon Valley checked it out.Initially, its namesake geeks and nerds who spend their days coding, developing and hacking in a red hot tech economy weren’t so sure it was funny: “Most startups are a soap opera, but not that kind of soap opera,” said Tesla CEO Elon Musk, one of the valley’s most charismatic billionaires, after a premiere.

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On paper, the current pairing by Chicago Opera Theater of two Central European and German one-act operas from 1943 appears jarring. Especially so when one was written in the Terezin concentration camp by a Jewish composer who was gassed the next year at Auschwitz, the other by a free man in Nazi Germany who went on to wealth and fame after the war and died in his native Munich in 1982…

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Poulenc Dialogues des Carmélites

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Poulenc Dialogues des CarmélitesFrancis Poulenc Dialogues des Carmélites at the Royal Opera House. Review coming, but first a consideration of interpretation. Interpretation is  paramount to assessing any production. Criticism often latches onto things like sets and costumes because these are easy to isolate. But they’re absolutely secondary to interpretation…

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 Cheltenham Music Festival Celebrates its 70th Birthday (July 2nd – 13th) Preview   The doughty composer and suffragette Dame Ethel Smyth, if still alive, would be delighted at the strong representation of women composers at this year’s Festival. Of particular interest will be the opera Tokaido Road by Nicola Lefanu which will be receiving its […]

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Strauss’s Arabella, a Remarkable Musical Performance

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 Strauss: Arabella, Operahaz Orchestra and Chorus, Günter Neuhold (conductor), Budapest Operahaz, 30.5.2014, (JMI) Cast: Arabella: Ildikó Raimondi Mandryka: Béla Perencz Zdenka: Borbála Keszei Matteo: István Horváth Fiakermilli: Erika Miklosa Count Waldner: László Szvétek Adelaide: Bernadett Wiedemann Count Elemer: Attila Wendler Count Dominik: Andras Kaldi Kiss Count Lamoral: Sándor Egri Fortune Teller: Zsuzsanna Fülöp Production: Budapest […]

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Simon Rattle conducts a radiant account of Poulenc’s opera, sung by a strong ensemble and featuring a 67-strong community choir as the Paris mob

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BBC’s Composer of the Week is the one the world forgotWhen I first wrote about him in my Companion to 20th Century Music back in 1991, he was so little known that there was no standard spelling of either of his names. I called him Moisei Vainberg. Nowadays his name is more commonly transcribed as Miecyslaw Weinberg, but he remains a mystery to most music lovers despite a slowly rising tide of recognition…

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While there is no official entry for Simon Boccanegra in Riccardo Muti’s discography, the same cannot be said of Nabucco; there are the EMI CDs with Renata Scotto and Matteo Manuguerra and the DVD from Milan with Ghena Dmitrova and Renato Bruson. This afternoon’s performance unfortunately could not count with glamorous forces as those…

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Rupert Christiansen is impressed with the vocal cast of Rudolf Frey’s version of Verdi’s Nabucco, but the staging doesn’t match up

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Impressive debut - Ildar Abdrazakov in Russian arias Russian Opera Arias: Ildar Abdrazakov, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, Constantine Orbelian: Delos Reviewed by Robert Hugillon May 20 2014 Star rating: 4.0First survey of classic Russian bass territory by promising young Russian.Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov won the Maria Callas International Television Competition in Parma at the age of 24…

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CBSO/Nelsons review  Brett Dean sheds fresh light on the concertoHåkan Hardenberger delivered a glowing UK premiere of Dean’s new trumpet concerto alongside orchestral works by RavelThe City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s music director Andris Nelsons may have left his own trumpeting days behind, but he still explores new trumpet repertoire, sharing his enthusiasm with no less a master than Håkan Hardenberger…

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Opera’s new power couple?

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Conchita Wurst and Rene Pape both took to the stage at Saturday's Life Ball in Vienna – though, tragically, not together. Luckily for us they were able to compare beards backstage.
It seems everyone at the celeb-infested charity event was after a piece of Wurst…

…everyone except Bill Clinton that is…

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SF Opera’s Show Boat

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* Notes * Show Boat (Heidi Stober as Magnolia Hawks, Patricia Racette as Julie La Verne, Angela Renee Simpson as Queenie and Morris Robinson as Joe with chorus in Act I, Scene 2 pictured left; photograph by Cory Weaver) opened at San Francisco Opera today with a matinée performance. The production, directed by Francesca Zambello, is spectacular…

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