Wagner Parsifal, Royal Opera House + MORE Dec 20th

 

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virtuosos

ChamberWORKS debuts in S.F. Opera's new intimate Taube Theater + MORE

Vocalists Brian Thorsett and Julie Adams will be supported by member of the S.F. Opera Orchestra.... More »
symphonies

Met finds last-minute Mimi + MORE

Kristine Opolais, who sang her first Madam Butterfly at the Met last night, will star again tonight in La Boheme. That’s brave. Ms Opolais is married to the conductor Andris Nelsons. Substitute announcement follows.   Subject: Metropolitan Opera Cast Change Advisory – Today’s .... More »
maestro

The Three Choirs and Philharmonia Celebrate Mozart’s Musical Legacy + MORE

Three Choirs Festival (14) – Mozart: Emma Johnson (clarinet)*, Alexandra Hutton (soprano), Helen Charlston (mezzo-soprano), Nick Pritchard (tenor), John Savournin (bass), Three Cathedral Choirs, Philharmonia Orchestra / Simon Halsey (conductor), Three Choirs Festival, Cathedral, Gloucester, 28.... More »
performance

Biography of Ángela Peralta + MORE

Ángela Peralta (6 July 1845, Mexico City – 30 August 1883, Mazatlán) (baptised María de los Ángeles Manuela Tranquilina Cirila Efrena Peralta Castera) was an operatic soprano of international fame and a leading figure in the operatic life of 19th century Mexico. Called the “Mexican Night.... More »
concerto

Schumann Quartet release 2nd CD – Liisa Randalu talks to Edward Seckerson + MORE

The brothers Erik, Ken, and Mark Schumann founded the SCHUMANN QUARTET in 2007 and it might well have been an all-family affair had the cellist’s twin sister chosen to switch from violin to viola and join them. The Schumann brothers are of German/Japanese heritage – an interesting mix of tem.... More »
Music Review: New York Philharmonic’s ‘Messiah’ at Avery Fisher HallSoloists have moments in the New York Philharmonic’s “Messiah” at Avery Fisher Hall.    

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Bayreuth, Parsifal, and the Artwork of the Future(I was delighted to be invited to speak in late November at the Internationaal Wagner Congres Amsterdam 2013. Below is the text of my paper. A considerably longer, fully-referenced version will be published as an essay in a 2014 issue of the German journal, wagnerspectrum. However, it will not have the pretty pictures…

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Paul Rudy: Life Improvisations

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Composer Paul Rudy takes to heart the idea that “nature’s wisdom follows the path of least resistance.” Active listening and intuition play vital roles not only in his composing process, but also in his work as an educator and performer.

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BBC Radio 3 To Rebroadcast Barenboim/Proms Ring - Dec 2013If you were unfortunate enough to miss the Prom’s Ring cycle in the summer, fear not. During December BBC Radio 3 will rebroadcast it in its entirety. Very, highly recommended.Monday 23 Dec 20137.02pm–9.45pm Das Rheingold (160 mins)(concert performance; sung in German)Iain Paterson baritone (Wotan)Stephan Rügamer tenor (Loge)Jan Buchwald baritone, Proms debut artist (Donner)Marius Vlad tenor, Proms debut artist (Froh)Ekaterina Gubanova mezzo-soprano (Fricka)Anna Samuil soprano (Freia)Anna Larsson mezzo-soprano (Erda)Johannes Martin Kränzle baritone (Alberich)Peter Bronder tenor (Mime)Eric Halfvarson bass (Fafner)Aga Mikolaj soprano (Woglinde)Maria Gortsevskaya mezzo-soprano (Wellgunde)Anna Lapkovskaja mezzo-soprano, Proms debut artist (Flosshilde)Staatskapelle BerlinDaniel Barenboim conductorTuesday 24 Dec 20137…

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 Bach: András Schiff (piano), Wigmore Hall, London, 18.12.2013 (GDn) Bach: Well-tempered Clavier, Book II   András Schiff picked up the 48 more or less where he left off with the first book at the end of November (review). Now, as then, he gave a focussed but flowing account, balancing his habitually detached touch against the […]

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Day 19 — Winterliebe

– entartetemusik.blogspot.com

Day 19 — WinterliebeStrauss wrote two ‘winter’ songs, published together in his 1900 Fünf Lieder Op. 48. Unlike ‘Winterweihe’ (the fourth in the set), which is cosy, domesticated even, ‘Winterliebe’, number five, truly embraces the season, with a heroic gait, striding out into the winter sunlight. Would that we could all have the optimism of Karl Friedrich Henckell’s poem or Strauss’s setting, with its bold fanfares…

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Gergiev double protest

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It wasn't just the anti-Putin protestors who had it in for Valery Gergiev on Wednesday night. 
The Munich Philharmonic's new chief conductor-in-waiting has drawn flak from critical quarters too.
The Merkur's Markus Thiel describes Gergiev's Gasteig concert as "poorly rehearsed"…

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Found the Grail! Parsifal Royal Opera House HD

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Found the Grail! Parsifal Royal Opera House HDWhat a difference HD makes! My initial misgivings about the new Wagner Pasifal at the Royal Opera House were transformed by the HD broadcast When its initial teething difficulties settle in, this production could be a keeper. The Royal Opera House needs a flagship new Wagner and this could be it. It’s different, but it isn’t nearly as wrong as some think…

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Theft alert: Horn is stolen from Vienna Philharmonic playerJosef Reif went for a drink with colleagues in a wine bar after finishing at the opera on Wednesday night. He put the instrument at his feet in a silver-gray Samsonite backpack that looks rather like a laptop bag. When he looked down, the bag was gone. Auf Deutsch here. The horn, valued at $8,000, is registered […]

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Les Arts Florissants/Christie – reviewWigmore Hall, LondonA classy, sexy entertainment of short songs presented as a chamber opera about the shenanigans at a posh weddingLes Arts Florissants’ Wigmore concert, directed from the harpsichord by William Christie, presented a programme of what the French call airs sérieux et à boire – a specific genre of songs for one to five voices and a small group of instrumentalists, written for private performance at the French court in the 17th and early 18th centuries…

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Towards zero

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Towards zeroOur Own JJ (not pictured) counts down his 10 favorite New York opera performances of 2013 in the New York Observer. Not that you need encouragement, cher public, but don’t be afraid of offering your own such lists in the comments section.

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Kaufmann’s got his gun

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Kaufmann’s got his gunLive from Munich on Saturday night: Verdi’s Forza with hot tenor. Make a date of it. On Saturday, December 28, the Bayerische Staatsoper will be presenting the season’s third transmission on STAATSOPER.TV. This time, Giuseppe Verdi’s La forza del destino will be streamed live and free from Munich…

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Wagner Parsifal, Royal Opera House

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Wagner Parsifal, Royal Opera HouseAny new production of Wagner’s Parsifal would be welcome, if only to banish memories of Klaus Michael Gruber’s staging from the 1990’s where the Knights of the Grail were so comatose they had to be wheeled across the stage on a conveyor belt. But the Knights wore Knight suits and it was a “traditional” production so no-one dared demur…

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