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Aida, Opera Holland Park, review: 'a feast for the ear' + MORE

Director Daniel Slater's production of Verdi's opera is energetically and colourfully staged, says Rupert Christiansen.... More »
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The power of fête + MORE

When Italy was united, Verdi—a national icon if ever there was one—was elected to the new parliament in Turin, where he was bored to distraction by the rhetoric of politicians—Italian politicians at that! He spent his time in the Chamber working out fugal subjects based on pols’ speech patte.... More »
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Pocket Concerts: Live from your living room + MORE

A Toronto chamber music series has found success by pairing pro musicians with local homeowners. The next show is Saturday..... More »
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Technology and class in the development of opera and concert going. + MORE

The Gods at Covent Garden in 1805, caricaturecopyright Victoria and Albert MuseumOpera was invented in the 16th century, and both opera and concert-going seem to have reached a settled format in the 17th century. But though it might seem as if the format has been static since then, two things have i.... More »
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London Sinfonietta/Uttley/Ensemble Anomoly review – toe-tapping delights + MORE

Various venues, Huddersfield contemporary music festivalThis experimental music festival embraced the oddball and the tender, from the debut of a work by a 20th-century original to an arresting recital by Richard UttleyDerek Bailey was one of the 20th century’s great sound adventurers: a dauntless.... More »
Gustavo Dudamel conducted the Vienna Philharmonic on Wednesday night in a glorious performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” to open the 2014-15 season at the Theater an der Wien, built in 1801 and the site of many Beethoven premieres.

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John Malveaux: 150th Anniversary - 13th Amendment Concert - Martin Luther King, Jr. weekendUlysses Kay (1917-1995) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensive Works List by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma, http://www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com.Donnie Ray AlbertJohn Malveaux ofwww.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:International opera Grammy bass-baritone and University of Texas assistant professor of voice Donnie Ray Albert accepted an invitation from John Malveaux to perform the male narrator in Roy Harris “Bicentennial Symphony”, (the score also has female narrator) and the male solo narrator in Ulysses Kay “Once There Was A Man” during the 150th Anniversary – 13th Amendment Concert scheduled on MLK Jr…

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SF Opera’s Norma Casting

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American tenor Russell Thomas (pictured left, photograph by Dario Acosta) will sing the role of Pollione for the remaining five performances of San Francisco Opera's Norma on September 14, 19, 23, 27 and 30, 2014. Thomas replaces Italian tenor Marco Berti, who has withdrawn from the production for personal reasons…

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The Cleveland Orchestra Welser-Möst Brahms Proms London

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The Cleveland Orchestra Welser-Möst Brahms Proms LondonThe Cleveland Orchestra, with Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, made a most welcome return to the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.  Are the Clevelanders the best orchestra in the United States today? Their two Proms certainly made the case. Superlative finesse and poise, generated by genuine musicality…

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Additional Cast Changes, SF Opera Norma

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You might have expected this one: Jamie Barton will sing Adalgisa in all performances of the opera.You probably didn’t expect this one: tenor Marco Berti has withdrawn from the production “for personal reasons.” He will be replaced as Pollione by American tenor Russell Thomas, who makes his Sf Opera debut and role debut.

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This dangerous, exhilarating opera hits the bullseye

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EastEnders actor John Bardon, who played Dot Branning’s husband Jim in the soap opera, has died aged 75. His real-life illness was reflected in the soap’s storylines.

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There was a time when Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony was considered to be a “festival piece,” reserved for important occasions, but nowadays, it’s done routinely by ensembles major and minor. Its “Ode to Joy” is the European Union anthem, Japan has canonized it, there are more recordings than…

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Classical music in Scotland - how might a yes vote change things?What would a vote for independence mean for Scotlands thriving classical music scene? Kate Molleson investigatesWhat will happen to Scotlands classical music in the event of a Yes vote next week? The question is a microcosm of the referendum debate as a whole in that there is no single way of approaching it, let alone of answering it…

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Six of the best: Last Nights of the Proms

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Since the BBC Proms started in 1895, every season has concluded with a celebration of the past few weeks of music making in the famous Last Night. Although the patriotism and flag-waving that we associate with the Last Night these days may be far from Henry Wood’s memories of the first final concert, the Prom has always been a musical extravaganza…

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Britannia won't be ruling the waves on the Last Night of the Proms in GlasgowHighland Cathedral to replace Rule, Britannia! as politicians urge Britons to view the event as a celebration of the unionWhen the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra stages its version of the Last Night of the Proms on Glasgow Green on Saturday, the programme will, as usual, tactfully eschew Rule, Britannia!, Land of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem…

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Mike Silverton[September 2014.]Weird Science?The Acoustic Revive RR-888 is Ken Ishiguro’s third iteration of a diminutive, stand-alone device that, from the start, made obvious contributions to the quality of recorded sound. No larger than a small box of chocolates, weighing next to nothing, my original RR-77 sat, as recommended, well above and away from the audio rig where the RR-777 and RR-888 likewise sat and sit…

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Israeli settlers whip up anti-Klinghoffer Met demo

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Israeli settlers whip up anti-Klinghoffer Met demoAn alleged ‘coalition’ of Jewish groups are planning a demo near the Metropolitan Opera to protest against the Sept. 22 staging of John Adams’ opera The Death of Klinghoffer, which they consider to be anti-semitic.
The news is net-blasted by Arutz Sheva, propaganda outlet of West Bank settlers…

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