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Brooklyn’s Unconventional LoftOpera Takes on Puccini + MORE

With a formula that might be described as equal parts keg party, tech start-up and opera troupe, LoftOpera is performing “Tosca” in an old bus depot..... More »

Opera house bans two critics + MORE

Lyndon Terracini, hyper-sensitive artistic director of Opera Australia, has told two women writers that they are persona non grata at his opera house. Harriet Cunningham of the Sydney Morning Herald, received this email from a media flak: Hi Harriet Lyndon is very offended following your article ear.... More »

A Traditional 'Marriage of Figaro' + MORE

Joshua Hopkins and Lisette Oropesa in The Marriage of Figaro, Washington National Opera (photo by Scott Suchman) Many thanks to Robert R. Reilly for this review from the Kennedy Center. On Saturday night, September 24, 2016, the Washington National Opera’s performance of Mozart’s The Marriage.... More »
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Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard provide important political balance + MORE

“Here are three operas that won’t get staged at the famed Metropolitan Opera (Met) in New York City anytime soon…. These operas aren’t coming to the stage of the Met, or any other prestigious venue, because, so far as I know, they haven’t been composed.” Guys, this would be f.... More »
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BBCNOW/Søndergård review – the orchestra played out of their skins + MORE

St David’s Hall, CardiffMahler’s extremes of shrill, manic violence and tender pastoral idyll spoke directly of the world’s predicament and made for a shattering experienceTragic and catastrophic are the words most often used to describe Mahler’s Sixth Symphony. Yet, in this performance by t.... More »

WTO’s Winterreise Podcast

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Kim Witman at the Wolf Trap Opera blog has created an illuminating 5-part podcast of Schubert’s Winterreise that gives a quick 37-minute walk-through of the cycle, its poetics, and musical journey. The recording that Kim uses is a 2010 Sydney Festival performance of bass-baritone Ryan McKinny and pianist Sharolyn Kimmorley…

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High School Drama Club: "Prince Igor" at the Met

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High School Drama Club: "Prince Igor" at the MetAll images © Cory Weaver, Metropolitan OperaKnyaz Igor (Prince Igor)March 4, 2014Prince Igor: Ildar AbdrazakovYaroslavna: Oksana DykaGalitsky: Mikhail PetrenkoKhan Konchak: Štefan KocánKonchakovna: Anita RachvelishviliVladimir Igorevich: Sergey SemishkurSkula: Vladimir OgnovenkoYeroshka: Andrey PopovOvlur: Mikhail VekuaDmitri Tcherniakov (Production, Sets, Video)Elena Zaitseva (Costumes)Itzik Galili (Choreography)Gianandrea Noseda (Conductor)Prince Igor is a problem opera – perhaps the problem opera par excellence…

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The Best Program in the World

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Not opera, but I would pay – and pay a lot – to see this program:Boulez, sur IncisesBirtwistle, Moth RequiemStravinsky, Les NocesConducted by Le Maitre himself, of course. I was lucky enough to see him conduct sur Incises just about three years ago. I hope I never forget the beauty of the work sounding through Disney Hall…

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It’s The Home Stretch

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It’s The Home Stretch

Today is the final day to become an Orchestra 990 Database Project’s Kickstarter campaign backer. The ability to make a pledge shuts down at 11:59 PM CDT and over the past few days, a few frequently asked questions have been coming in via email and social media so it makes sense to take a moment and cover them here during the final day of giving…

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Milton Court Concert HallSchubert – Violin Sonata in A major, D 574Stravinsky – Duo concertantChanson russe, arr. Samuel DushkinKurtág – Tre pezzi, op.14eSchubert – Rondo in B minor, D 895Leila Josefowicz (violin)John Novacek (piano) First experiences can prove misleading. Schubert’s A major Violin Sonata, D 574, received a disappointing performance, at least so far as Leila Josefowicz was concerned, but the rest of this recital proved a far more exhilarating experience…

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Birtwistle Carter Wigmore Hall

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Birtwistle Carter Wigmore HallProbably the greatest living British composer, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, turns 80 in July. He’ll be the subject of a series at the Barbican and no doubt feted at the BBC Proms. At the Wigmore Hall, the BBC Singers joined the Nash Emsemble for the latest of their series on British and American composers…

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Cavalli by candle light

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The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse is staging a 1644 opera in a 17th-century setting – but are period productions the real thing?

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A Greek tragedy without togas, the new COC production of Handel’s Hercules wears army fatigues. Robert Harris talks to Peter Sellars, the director who gave an ancient tale a shocking, modern relevance

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Carla Fracci returns to dance on Italy’s heelCarla Fracci, now in her 78th year, will be opening in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice tomorrow, at Lecce’s Teatro Politeama Greco.
The Italian ballet icon will be appearing with the Balletto del Sud in the numerous ballet interludes during the opera. Choreography is by the company’s founder Fredy Franzutti…

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Violinist.com interview with Daishin Kashimoto: Beethoven SonatasBy Laurie Niles: London-born Japanese violinist Daishin Kashimoto never really planned to be a concertmaster, but he has greatly enjoyed being just that, with the Berlin Philharmonic, since 2009.

Now in his mid-30s, Daishin began his career as a child prodigy. He was accepted at age seven to Juilliard pre-college, and as a teenager he won first prize in major competitions: in the Menuhin Junior International Competition (1993), the Cologne International Violin Competition (1994), the Fritz Kreisler Competition in Vienna (1996) and the Long-Thibaud International Competition in Paris (1996)…

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First Time Live Youth in Grimsby

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First Time Live Youth in GrimsbyFirst Time Live with the RPO in Doncaster on Tue 25 March. Photo credit Paul Coghlin.My second visit to the Grimsby Auditorium in two days had the same orchestra on the platform (the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra), the same conductor (Benjamin Pope) but a very different audience. (See my review of the RPO’s concert) As we arrived at the auditorium on the afternoon of 28 March streams of school children were queuing up to go in…

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  From Orchestral Player To ‘Experimental’ Composer: Brett Dean in Conversation with Geoffrey Newman, 26.3.2014 The showcasing of five works by Brett Dean (b. 1961, Brisbane) at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival in late January made me recognize just how fine a composer he is, and just how varied and imaginative is his […]

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Eight members of the board of the Minnesota Orchestra have resigned in protest over the impending departure of its president, Michael Henson, The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on Friday.    

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