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Theodora, Barbican, review

– www.telegraph.co.uk

Handel’s Theodora at the Barbican was an enthralling series of highlights, says Ivan Hewett    

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Verbrechen und Geheimnisse und Schuld: Reimann's GespenstersonateOn the outside looking in: the student ArkenholzPhoto © Oper FrankfurtYesterday, I attended the last performance in Oper Frankfurt's premiere run of Die Gespenstersonate, Aribert Reimann's 1984 opera based on Strindberg's play of the same name. Walter Sutcliffe's production, making use of a stage placed diagonally between two tribunes in the Bockenheimer Depot, was both sleek, with appropriate twists of the surreal and the claustrophobic…

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Don Giovanni; LSO/Pappano: Peter Maxwell Davies Symphony No 10 – reviewRoyal Opera House; Barbican, LondonVisual overload swamps Royal Opera’s new Don Giovanni. And it’s a top 10th from Peter Maxwell DaviesJust as you know the difference between Hamlet and the gravedigger from speech alone, so in Don Giovanni you can tell who’s who by the music they sing. Key changes and style reflect class and emotional status: the wayward nobility of Donna Anna versus the coquettish immediacy of the peasant bride Zerlina…

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Rameau minus one elitist convention

– www.overgrownpath.com

Rameau minus one elitist conventionFellow blogger Jessica Duchen offers admirable advocacy of the Rameau anniversary. However my antipathy towards composer anniversaries means I have little enthusiasm for the 250th anniversary of Rameau’s death, despite a profound admiration for his music. But, in view of the general acceptance that formal dress is one of classical music’s elitist conventions, I do have one wish for the Rameau anniversary: that Warner reissues Scott Ross’ masterly 1975 recording of the complete harpsichord music using the original artwork seen above…

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Islip Arts Council, Islip, NY: 'Please join us in Honoring Rey Burns and other honorees for Black History Month in the Town Board Room at 7pm' Feb. 11, 2014Rey Burns with the Tuskegee Airmen and District Councilman after the bill signing to change the name of a street in Brooklyn to Tuskegee Airmen WayIslipArts.org writes:Greetings! We are proud to announce that one of the Honorees for Black History Month is Rey Burns — Musician, Composer, Band Director, Bay Shore School District Orchestra Director and string teacher for over 34 years, and member of Islip Arts Council Music Committee…

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Former Minnesota Orchestra conductor and Artistic Director Osmo Vanska says it's time for President Michael Henson to step down. MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs has the story.

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The Minnesota Orchestra received standing ovations Friday at its first concert since the end of the lockout. Here is a look at the audience and musicians.

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K. Lamar Alsop, Violinist and Ballet Concertmaster, Dies at 85Mr. Alsop, the longtime concertmaster for the New York City Ballet Orchestra, was also the father of Marin Alsop, the music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.    

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Play ball

– parterre.com

Play ballAn opera house is good for other things besides opera performances, cher public, such as (for example) discussion of off-topic and general interest subjects.

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Osmo says Henson must go

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Osmo says Henson must goWith the directness of a Finn, Osmo Vänskä has announced that the Minnesota Orchestra president Michael Henson must leave if he is to return as music director. ‘For any healing to begin at the orchestra, Michael Henson must go,’ he announced on Minnesota Classical Radio. It is unusual, not to say exceptional, for a conductor […]

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Hey, Bud, Glyndebourne’s just blown a hole in BrooklynA production of Britten’s Billy Budd from deep in the Sussex countryside has given Brooklyn its biggest opera night in yonks, say our pals at NY Classical Review:   Photo: Richard Hubert Smith ‘Mark Padmore delivers the performance of a lifetime as Captain Vere … The cast and musicians (the London Philharmonic Orchestra led with […]

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RSNO Find its Form with Oundjian

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Wagner, Mozart, Walton: Richard Goode (piano), Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Peter Oundjian (conductor), Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 7.2.2014 (SRT) Wagner:   Tannhäuser overture Mozart:     Piano Concerto No. 17 Walton:    Symphony No. 1   After a fairly so-so performance of Brahms’ First Piano Concerto last week, the RSNO found its form much more securely in tonight’s varied programme…

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Macbeth – review

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Macbeth – reviewGrand, LeedsOpera North’s relocation of Verdi’s opera to a 20th-century totalitarian state is bleak and unnerving, but on opening night didn’t scale the musical heights it shouldFirst seen in 2008, Tim Albery’s Opera North production of Macbeth relocates Verdi’s opera to an unnamed totalitarian state in the mid-20th century…

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