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Otello; Rigoletto; Macbeth review + MORE

Coliseum; Royal Opera House; Barbican theatre, LondonENOs new Otello sidesteps an old problem, while the ethnic tension is viscerally felt in an African MacbethWhen Laurence Olivier played Othello he studied the mannerisms of Sammy Davis Jr to give the noble Moor what he called negritude. Not everyo.... More »
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Much-loved composer lifted the spirit + MORE

“ALL composers are dead,” Peter Sculthorpe’s first piano teacher told him. The six-year-old Peter had been dispatched to the local piano teacher..... More »
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Playboy model, cheap seats lure youth to London's Royal Opera opener + MORE

LONDON (Reuters) - The Royal Opera House rolled out the red carpet for young people on Thursday for season opener "Anna Nicole," based on the life of American stripper and Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith whose voluptuous surgically enhanced cleavage attracted a billionaire. .... More »
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Remembering Conductor, Violinist and Composer Lorin Maazel (1930-2014) + MORE

By Laurie Niles: By now you have likely heard that Maestro Lorin Maazel, 84, died on Sunday at his home in Virginia, Castleton Farms, where he was in the midst of his annual Castleton Festival. He died from complications following pneumonia. During his prolific, seven-decade career, Maazel, 84, co.... More »
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John Malveaux: George Walker and son Gregory Walker [Download Nov. 1, 2014 Concert of Oberlin Orchestra] + MORE

George Walker (b. 1922) has a website at http://georgetwalker.com/ and is featured at AfriClassical.comGregory Walkergregorywalkerviolin.com[Link below allows download of November 1, 2014 concert of Oberlin Orchestra]John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.comwrites:On November 1.... More »
In music, “ground” is a term that refers to an underlying bass pattern over which a melody is laid. Minneapolis resident Brad Peterson has added a new layer of meaning to that term, composing a “Lawn Mower Opus in G” over the drone of a…yep, you got it.

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The product of a collaboration between composer/guitarist George Heathco and soprano/lyricist Misha Penton, Ravens and Radishes is a song cycle for guitar, cello, and voice that takes inspiration from classic fairy tales and, unlike the recent film Maleficent, recasts them in a new and interesting light instead of, say, ruining them.

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Clare Presland – New Music

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Rupert Christiansen introduces mezzo-soprano Clare Presland, the winner of the 2014 Susan Chilcott Award

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Knussen Aldeburgh – Carter, Webern – and Mendelssohn ?

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Knussen Aldeburgh - Carter, Webern - and Mendelssohn ?Mendelssohn Symphony No 1, with Elliott Carter’s Instances for chamber orchestra (2012), written shortly before his death aged 103. Trust Oliver Knussen to come up with a programme that blends Mendelssohn, Dallapiccola, Carter, Webern and Ligeti, conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at the Maltings, Snape, Aldeburgh, part of this year’s Aldeburgh Music Festival…

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The English National Opera was the highest profile loser as its grant was slashed a third in the Arts Council’s three year funding shake up, while concerns were raised over the number of regional organisations to lose funding.

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York Bowen: Symphony No.2 in E minor, Op.31

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York Bowen: Symphony No.2 in E minor, Op.31Until a few years ago York Bowen would have been a name known to precious few listeners, even those committed to British music. A number of people may have recalled his sterling work as a teacher and examiner at the Royal Academy of Music: a few will have known a handful of piano pieces that survived on the periphery of the repertoire…

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Is the opera audience becoming more conservative?

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Is the opera audience becoming more conservative?Michael Volpe, general manager of London’s Holland Park Opera, has earned a reputation for exploring lesser-known masterpieces of Italian repertoire. But he’s finding it hard to get audiences to share his journey into the unknown. Here are a few tricks he has developed.
 

Beyond the obvious
Opera Holland Park are, generally speaking, the “go-to” venue for late Italian rarities; the list is very long and our most recent outing into this repertoire was last season’s I gioielli della Madonna which certainly caused an enormous stir…

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America’s second opera house announces best results

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America’s second opera house announces best resultsThe Lyric Opera in Chicago has enjoyed a happy season.
Ticket sales rose to $28.8 million, up from $26.6 million in 2013.
Of 284,440 tickets sold, 67,485 were purchased by first-timers.
Lyric also beat its $23.6 million annual fund-raising goal by $100,000.
Anthony Freud, formerly of Welssh National Opera, is running a good ship…

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Legendary soprano Jessye Norman talks weight, race and what it really takes to be an opera star

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How can they see with sequins in their eyes?Worried about the future of opera in America? Don’t be! Lyric Opera of Chicago’s most recent crowing press release outlines a simple method by which any opera company can stay in the black!
Step One: Choose a limited repertoire concentrating on chestnuts of the 19th century. Don’t program anything earlier than Mozart or newer than Madama Butterfly (one of the company’s two 20th century works last season; the other was Rusalka…

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Briefly Noted: Organ Music by Aho

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K. Aho, Works for and with Organ, J. Lehtola et al.
(released on July 8, 2014)
BIS-1966 | 62’08"

K. Aho, Alles Vergängliche (organ symphony), J. Lehtola
(released on September 18, 2012)
BIS-1946 | 69’01"

K. Aho, Symphony No. 8 (with organ), H.-O. Ericsson, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, O. Vänskä
(released on September 27, 1994)
BIS-CD-646 | 60’36"Most of the music of Kalevi Aho to have reached

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Felicien David – Melodies

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Felicien David - Melodies Songs by Felicien David; Tassis Christoyannis, Thanassis Apostolopoulos; Aparte Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jun 24 2014 Star rating: 4.0Rarely performed songs by the interesting 19th century French composerThis disc from the Greek baritone Tassis Christoyannis and pianist Thanassis Apostolopoulos on the Aparte label assembles a group of eighteen songs by the 19th century French composer Felicien David (1810 – 1876)…

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Philharmonia/Salonen review  true pianissimo and roof-raising climaxesRoyal Festival Hall, LondonEsa-Pekka Salonen held together the gargantuan forces of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony for a balanced interpretationMahler’s Eighth Symphony brought the Philharmonia’s season to a close in a performance under the orchestra’s principal conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen. Though it was a canny promoter rather than the composer himself who called the piece the "Symphony of a Thousand", the gargantuan forces involved here the statutory eight soloists, the combined Philharmonia Voices and Rodolfus Choir, plus the Tiffin Boys’ Choir amply filled the platform and choir stalls…

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