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The Latest Nazi Opera Conspiracy Book is Out + MORE

Here it is, folks. As predicted, no sooner as Joachim Köhler published his retraction of charges against Richard Wagner for causing WWII and the Holocaust, the next iteration of Nazi opera conspiracy theories is out. And it is being enthusiastically endorsed by none other than Norman Lebrecht:Now, .... More »
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The voice of the opposition + MORE

Jeffrey Wiesenfeld struck an ominous tone at the protest against The Death of Klinghoffer yesterday: "You will be made to destroy that set before we're finished. We are going to be back here—everyone here and many, many more—every night of the Klinghoffer opera until the set is burned .... More »
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Giving a Semi-Hearty Cheer for Semi-Staged Opera + MORE

In an operatic performance, does paring a work down to the bare score make it more potent, or do theatrical trappings enrich the experience?.... More »
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The Aronowitz Triumph on Elgar’s Home Territory + MORE

 Three Choirs Festival (8) – Korngold, Elgar:  The Aronowitz Ensemble [Nadia Wijzenbeek (violin), Tom Hankey (violin), Rosalind Ventris (viola), Marie Macleod (cello), Tom Poster (piano)], Pershore Abbey, Pershore, 30.7.2014 (RJ) Erich Korngold: Piano Quintet in E, Op 15 Edward Elgar: Piano .... More »
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A New American Ring Begins + MORE

A bold new project is about to start in Hartford, CT this summer as Hartford Wagner Festival launches the first part of what it says will eventually be  annual Ring cycles. Beginning, logically enough, with Rheingold. While  fully staged the production will attempt to reduce the usual high.... More »

Bedford and Britten

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Steuart Bedford rehearsing Owen Wingrave, Chicago Opera Theater April 2009 seen with Ken Cazan who directed
Steuart Bedford will be conducting The Rape of Lucretia at the Royal Academy of Music this evening. That is about as near as you can get to having Benjamin Britten himself at the helm. For these young singers, at the beginnings of their careers, to work with this remarkable man is a gift indeed…

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Gheorghiu on Pereira: He’s always been strange.
On the eve of her recital at La Scala, Angela Gheorghiu told the Corriere della Sera what she thinks of Alexander Pereira.
I can’t imagine why he’s done something so bizarre, naive, frankly incomprehensible. On the other hand all opera singers know him as a businessman, nothing more… certainly not an artistic director…

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Ask Alice

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Does musical training increase blood flow in the brain? Classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh investigates

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They pay peanuts and cost a bomb but opera needs country-house festivals, says Rupert Christiansen

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Should I Start a New Music Ensemble?

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Considering that our industry is saturated, audiences are small, and funding is limited, it’s essential to think about how you’re going to fit into the world of new music. Perhaps it would be more worthwhile to seek an ensemble where you can share your ideas and join an already fully formed team instead of pursuing a similar venture from scratch.

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There are no winners in suburbanized classical music Latest UK radio audience figures released today graphically illustrate that there are no winners in suburbanized classical music. RAJAR audience data for the first quarter of 2014 show BBC Radio 3 continuing to lose audience, with listeners down 3.5% on the same quarter the previous year*. Classic FM’s audience decline was sharper: down 5…

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Constantin Frantz: Offener Brief an Richard WagnerVolltext aus dem Bayreuther Blätter, Juni 1878. Constantin Frantz (12. Sep 1817 – 2. Mai 1891) gehört ursprünglich um den Junghegelianer wie Max Stirner, David Strauß, Ludwig Feuerbach, Arnold Ruge sowie Marx und Engels. Später aber tritt Frantz von Hegelianismus zurrück und ging zu einer reaktionäre schellingianische Seite über…

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Opera star, Sir John Tomlinson, talks to John Allison about ageing, Wagner and Harrison Birtwistle’s 80th birthday celebrations

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Young Musician is a welcome reminder of our homegrown talent - and that we need to continue to nurture itHere’s a televised talent show that has no revolving red chair, no golden buzzer, and competitors who are truly the best of the best. Classical music is in excellent hands with this next generation, says Young Musician judge Meurig Bowen For a week in early March, I had the privilege of witnessing 25 young people display their musical talents at Cardiffs Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama…

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The violinist Krista Bennion Feeney consistently brought color and depth to the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble’s program at the Morgan Library & Museum on Wednesday.

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A guide to classical music concerts.

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The CW network is bringing back ‘The Flash’The CW television network is bringing the comic book hero “The Flash” onto its fantasy-laden schedule, along with a soap opera about a virgin who is artificially inseminated by accident.

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When you enter the small sitting room in André Previn’s Upper East Side apartment, the cluttered space resembles a virtual survey exhibition of the 85-year-old composer’s far-flung career and personal life. In plain sight on a table in the back were his four Academy Award statuettes — the…

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