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Minnesota Orchestra Musicians Donate $250k To Association. No Funds Earmarked For Eliminating Substitute Pay Disparity. + MORE

The lovefest that is labor relations between the Minnesota Orchestra Association (MOA) and the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra (MOMO) crossed a new threshold last week with the announcement that the musicians decided to donate $250,000 in restricted use funds to the MOA for the purpose of.... More »

Dip Your Ears, No. 206 (Bach-Busoni and Heiden’s Heiland) + MORE

J.S.Bach, “Nun komm’ der Heiden Heiland”, Excerpts from the WTC: Bk.I & Chorales, Edna Stern ZZT 090104 (65:40) Bach, the Keyboard Vocalist Great music intelligently put together and terrifically played; the latest Bach recording on the ZigZag Territories label was all but assured a.... More »

Revenge for the Boundary Wall + MORE

Revenge for the Boundary Wall - an opera with a title like that has got be interesting..it's a short comic opera in four acts, by Ztgmunt Noskowski (1846-1909), a leading figure in the Warsaw music world of his time. read more about him HERE.  His orchestral and chamber music is relatively well.... More »

Scostatevi, profani! + MORE

Yet another new role for Anna Netrebko on the horizon: in a press conference yesterday in Mexico, the soprano announced she plans to sing Adriana Lecouvreur. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XI6sctRe0cw .... More »

As though tiny fish are swimming in your veins + MORE

On this day in 1954 the Harold Arlen–Truman Capote musical House of Flowers opened on Broadway.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iu91wObYGBs Born on this day in 1910 composer Paul Bowles. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dWSiQK1Jeg On this day in 1927 Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari‘s opera Sly premieres at L.... More »

Going Gold at the Royal Northern

– jessicamusic.blogspot.com

Going Gold at the Royal NorthernI can think of few greater privileges in the musical world than having the chance to listen to the crème-de-la-crème of a college’s talented youngsters perform all day. Last weekend I was lucky enough to be on the panel for the Royal Northern College of Music’s Gold Medal Competition, together with the college’s principal Linda Merrick, its artistic director Michelle Castelletti, composer Robert Saxton and general manager of the BBC Philharmonic Simon Webb…

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Editorial: The MET, The Death of Klinghoffer & Why Wagnerians Should Be Very AfraidThe Death of Klinghoffer: ENO 2012″My opera accords great dignity to the memory of Leon and Marilyn Klinghoffer, and it roundly condemns his brutal murder. “It acknowledges the dreams and the grievances of not only the Israeli but also the Palestinian people, and in no form condones or promotes violence, terrorism or anti-Semitism…

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Don Quichotte review - meta-operatic twist on MassenetGrange Park, HampshireThe impact of Massenet’s 1910 Cervantes adaptation gets lost in the effort to weave in a second story about the composer’s late-life struggles with modernism"An elderly composer prepares to present a public showing of his latest opera to his friends in his salon," begins the synopsis in Grange Park Opera’s programme book…

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Does the Met have money to burn?

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Does the Met have money to burn?Latest campaign poster from the opera musicians.

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Lee Hyla — a Northwestern University professor and contemporary music compose who composed for artists including the Kronos Quartet, Midori and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra — has died in Chicago at age 62.

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CBSO on Top Form in Strauss’ Symphonia Domestica

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Beethoven, Richard Strauss: Paul Lewis (piano), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchrestra / Andris Nelsons (conductor), Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 19.6.2014 (RD) Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat, op. 73 Strauss: Symphonia domestica, op. 53 Strauss was a domestic animal. You only have to look at the photographs of him, his wife Pauline (a superb […]

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Soprano blames husband for anti-gay post

– www.theaustralian.com.au

OPERA Australia is under pressure to sack Georgian soprano Tamar Iveri from its production of Otello over a homophobic Facebook post.

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Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe convincingly portrays Gertrude Stein in Ricky Ian Gordon’s finely crafted but slightly bland new opera

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Annea Lockwood – Ground of Being (Recital)
Tony Malaby's Tamarindo – Somos Agua (Clean Feed)
Celer – Rags of Contentment (Digitalis > Bandcamp)
Chubby Wolf – L'histoire (Gears of Sand > Bandcamp)
Sneeze – Wilt (Glory Kid)
Robert Fripp – Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, MO, March 4, 2006 (DGMLive)
Jason Lescalleet – The Pilgrim (Glistening Examples)
Greg Kelley/Jason Lescalleet – Conversations (Glistening Examples)
Jim O'Rourke – Steamroom 12 (Bandcamp)
Gnarwhalaby – [exhibit a] (Populist > Bandcamp)
Motion Sickness of Time Travel – Ballade for a Strawberry Moon (self-released > Bandcamp)
Jimmy Giuffre 3 & 4 – New York Concerts (Elemental)
Noveller – Artifact (Saffron Recordings)
Grant Evans – Lacerations (Hooker Vision)
King Crimson – Live at the Marquee, March 10, 1971 (DGM)
Reformed Faction - I am the source of light, I am not a mirror (Soleilmoon)
Ralph Vaughan Williams – Symphonies Nos…

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LA’s surfing oboist is remembered on his beach

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LA’s surfing oboist is remembered on his beachDavid Weiss, principal oboe of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, collapsed and died last month while surfing off the Pacific Palisades.  Today, colleagues and friends remembered David on his favourite beach.

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Massenet becomes the lead character in his own opera – a perceptive conceit, but director Charles Edwards takes it too far in this handsome staging

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The National Coalition Against Censorship, the National Opera Association, Article 19, The Dramatists Legal Defense Fund, Free Expression Policy Project, freeDimensional, Freemuse, and PEN American Center have issued a statement opposing the Metropolitan Opera’s cancellation of live HD simulcast of John Adams’ opera, The Death of Klinghoffer, to about 2000 cinemas in 65 countries…

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Luca Francesconi: Quartett, Royal Opera, 18 June 2014Images: ROH/Stephen CummiskeyLinbury Studio TheatreMarquise de Mertueil – Kirstin ChávezVicomte de Valmont – Leigh MelroseSoutra Gilmour (designs)Ravi Deepres (film)Bruno Poet (lighting)Serge Le Mouton (computer music design)Julien Aléonard (recording, editing, mixing of choir and orchestra at La Scala)Sound IntermediaLondon SinfoniettaAndrew Gourlay (conductor)Luca Francesconi has been commissioned to write a new opera for Covent Garden, due for performance, alongside three others, in 2020: a development which marks a long-overdue departure from the parochial practice of only or mostly commissioning British composers…

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