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Musicians from East and West come together for Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Chinese New Year concert + MORE

Rejuvenation: A Taoist Journey celebrates both the Chinese New Year and Canada’s 150th anniversary with Chinese and Canadian artists..... More »
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Royal Conservatory of Music to welcome global superstars for 2017-18 + MORE

Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt, France’s duo-piano Labèque sisters and keyboard concerts from Khatia Buniastishvili and Beatrice Rana are among the upcoming highlights at Koerner Hall.... More »
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D.C. Public Opera's 'Don Giovanni' + MORE

Charles T. Downey, New D.C. Public Opera performs its take on Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’ April 28, 2014 Mozart, Don Giovanni, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, R. Jacobs (Harmonia Mundi, 2007) It is hard to keep an opera company, large or small, afloat. In the past few years, the Baltimore Opera, Bal.... More »
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Opera tally for 2015 + MORE

 I have again counted the operatic performances I have attended this year. The following includes concert performances, but gives only one point per evening; Il trittico counts as one, then, but so does Gianni Schicchi. I am not sure what, if anything, this shows beyond what it immediately.... More »
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Michael Hersch’s New Opera Reflects on a Friend’s Death + MORE

Michael Hersch’s new opera, “On the Threshold of Winter,” was inspired by a friend’s lost battle with ovarian cancer and a dying Romanian poet’s diary..... More »
No business like snow businessPytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin is his masterwork and its themes of social convention and unrequited longing surely struck a deep chord in a composer who, in late 19th century Russia, was gay and had to conduct himself carefully.
I’d like to say a brief requiem for the Metropolitan Opera’s last production, brilliantly designed by Michael Levine and directed by Robert Carsen…

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Kaufmann/Deutsch – Winterreise, 6 April 2014

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Royal Opera HouseSchubert – Winterreise, D 911Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)Helmut Deutsch (piano)Was the Royal Opera House the ideal venue for a performance of Winterreise, whether by Jonas Kaufmann or anyone else? No, for all the reasons you might suspect – and probably a few more. If only this could have taken place at the Wigmore Hall instead, though then tickets would have been still more difficult to come by (unless, that is, the sensible approach had been adopted of scheduling multiple performances, and prohibiting anyone from attending more than one)…

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Spring into winter

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Spring into winterFor those of you who might be feeling just a little too cheerful this week, Our Own Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin offers three performances of Winterreise, sung by Mark Padmore, Simon Keenlyside and Gerald Finley.
Franz Schubert: Winterreise
Schubertiade Schwarzenberg
21 June 2010
Mark Padmore, tenor
Till Fellner, piano

Schubertiade Schwarzenberg
17 June 2004
Simon Keenlyside, baritone
Malcolm Martineau, piano

Schubertiade Schwarzenberg
22 June 2012
Gerald Finley, bass-baritone
Julius Drake, piano

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Duke Bluebeard's Castle

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Duke Bluebeard's Castle Bartok Duke Bluebeard’s Castle: John Tomlinson, Michelle DeYoung, Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen: Signum Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Apr 7 2014 Star rating: 4.0Thrilling live recording of Bartok’s opera.The role of Bluebeard in Bartok’s opera is one that John Tomlinson has recorded before…

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Every Monday morning at about 9:15, I join John Birge on Classical MPR to discuss some of the stories we’re featuring on our site. Three stories we’ll be talking about this morning.

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Harrison Birtwistle 80 major Barbican retrospective

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Harrison Birtwistle 80 major Barbican retrospective“The Barbican marks Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s 80th birthday withBirtwistle at 80, celebrating one of the great iconoclasts of Britishclassical music with performances of his operatic, orchestral and chamber masterpieces” so states the publicity.Birtwistle is easily the greatest British composer of his generation…

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The program is a partnership between Boosey & Hawkes, the New World Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony designed to develop the professional careers of emerging composers in the Americas.

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Jonas Kaufmann’s Winterreise proved the performer is at the peak of his artistry, says Rupert Christiansen

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Life’s little luxuries

– blog.lso.co.uk

Life’s little luxuriesWe’re currently in Paris and I think the orchestra breathed a sigh of relief at the thought of two nights in the same hotel, whoopie! We are ensconced in the Mercure hotel opposite Gare du Nord, which in my time in the LSO has thankfully undergone a transformation from chintzy Laura Ashley rabbit warren to masculine brown leather rabbit warren…

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Nach Deutschland…

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It has been a little while. And whilst, in many respects, it would be unreasonable to complain about the music on offer in London, we hardly do well for Wagner. Or indeed for Mozart. More to the point, it will be good to have a change of scenery. I shall have one more London concert this week: the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Renaud Capuçon and Jukka-Pekka Saraste (Schumann’s Violin Concerto and Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony)…

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Blomstedt in Nielsen and Schubert

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I bought a ticket a few months back for the first of conductor laureate Herbert Blomstedt’s two programs with San Francisco Symphony, largely on the strength of the first works on the program, Carl Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto of 1928, to be played by principal clarinetist Carey Bell. Bell has been a favorite wind player of mine since he was principal clarinet of the San Francisco Opera orchestra; let’s just say that I will never forget his playing in La Forza del Destino back in 2005, when Nicola Luisotti made his first local appearance…

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Madama Butterfly In Under Three Minutes

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Opera 5’s latest irreverent synopsis looks at Puccini’s masterpiece: Opera 5 have a show coming up: Reynaldo Hahn’s L’île du rêve and Jacques Offenbach’s Ba-ta-clan on May 1-3 at the Theatre de Alliance Française in Toronto.

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’10 best opera houses’ – and only one is Italian

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’10 best opera houses’ – and only one is ItalianAnother fail day for old media. USA Today sends its readers to the opera. The only Italian house it selects is the Olimpico at Vicenza, which it mis-spells. Journalistmaking at its finest. Expect to find it on the Mail site in about ten minutes.

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