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Britten and Pears in Hong Kong + MORE

The Empire Theatre in Hong Kong, where Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears did a gig on 3rd February 1956. The programme included songs by Dowland, Purcell and Schubert, and Britten's Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, plus Britten's folk song arrangements.  On the 6th, the Governor of Hong Kong, Sir .... More »
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Gift Ideas for Classical Music Fans + MORE

Gift suggestions this season include works by Mozart, but also a classical-themed pillow and books..... More »
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To celebrate 1500 blog posts: Deutsche Oper Strauss-Wochen (5) - Der Rosenkavalier, 10 April 2016 + MORE

Der Rosenkavalier © 2008, Bettina Stöß(Images are indicative of the production, not of the present cast.)Deutsche Oper, BerlinDie Feldmarschallin, Fürstin Werdenberg – Michaela KauneDer Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau – Albert PesendorferOctavian – Daniela SindramHerr von Faninal – Michae.... More »
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Berliner Philharmoniker — Simon Rattle conducted an evening of substance and drama at the Philharmonie + MORE

Highlights included Ligeti’s Violin Concerto played by a barefoot Patricia Kopatchinskaja.... More »
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ArtsBeat: Krosnick to Depart Juilliard String Quartet + MORE

The cellist Joel Krosnick, a quartet member since 1974, will leave after next season; he will be replaced by Astrid Schween..... More »

Is this Pole the next Liza Connell?

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Is this Pole the next Liza Connell?The international soprano Elizabeth Connell, who died far too soon, left a legacy to help rising dramatic sopranos.
The first winner is Anna Patrys, 33, from Poland.
The prize is worth A$20,000.

Anna, pictured with jury chair Richard Bonynge

press release:
INAUGURAL ELIZABETH CONNELL PRIZE
Held in conjunction with last night’s Bel Canto Award, the $20,000 inaugural “Elizabeth Connell Prize” was won by the 33-year old soprano from Poland, Anna Patrys…

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Bryn Terfel and  Emma Thompson to star in Sweeney Todd in LondonAfter the success of Sweeney Todd in concert with the New York Philharmonic in March of this year, Bryn Terfel and  Emma Thompson return  in their roles for thirteen performances at the London Coliseum.It will be the first musical under the new collaboration between English National Opera and the GradeLinnit Company, which will see several semi-staged musicals and one fully staged musical a year for the next five seasons…

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Tunisian composer, conductor, flautist, music critic, musicologist and teacher Salah El Mahdi died in September 2014, aged eighty-nine

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Nina Stemme Excels as Minnie in La Fanciulla del West

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Puccini: La Fanciulla del West, Wiener Staatsoper Orchestra and Chorus, Graeme Jenkins (conductor), Vienna Staatsoper, 11.9.2014 (JMI) Cast: Minnie: Nina Stemme Dick Johnson: José Cura Jack Rance: Tomasz Konieczny Nick: Carlos Osuna Ashby: Alexandru Moisiuc Sonora: Boaz Daniel Wowkle: Ilseyar Khayrullova Jake Wallace/José Castro: Gabriel Bermudez   Production: Wiener Staatsoper Direction: Marco Arturo Marelli Sets […]

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U mad?

– parterre.com

U mad?For all those Mad Scene lovers out there, here is a video of some great Mad Scenes in opera. I’ve put together some more obscure scenes along with the popular ones from the bel canto composers like Donizetti and Bellini. I hope you enjoy!

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The official classical chart

– www.classical-music.com

Week ending 13 September 2014

1

Dances
Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)
Decca 4785334
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2

Stella de Napoli
Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano); L'orchestre et choeur de L'Opéra de Lyon/Riccardo Minasi
Erato 2564636562
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 3

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis
Monteverdi Choir/Sir John Eliot Gardiner
SDG 0718
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4

Bach: Concertos
Lisa Batiashvili (violin); Kammerorchester Bayerischer Rundfunk
Deutsche Grammophon 4792479
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5

Handel: Arias
Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano); The English Concert/Harry Bicket
Hyperion CDA67979
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6

The Voice of the Turtle Dove
The Sixteen/Harry Christophers 
Coro COR16119
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7

Byrd: Three Masses
The Choir of Westminster Cathedral/Martin Baker
Hyperion CDA68038
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8

Brahms: Clarinet Quintet & Trio
Martin Fröst (clarinet)
Bis BIS2063
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9

Piano Reflections
Ji Liu (piano)
Classic FM CFMCD33
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10

Haydn: Piano Concertos
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano); Manchester Camerata/Gábor Tákacs-Nagy
Chandos CHAN10808
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11

Monteverdi: Vespro Solenne per la Festa
Concerto Italiano/Rinaldo Alessandrini
Naive OP30557
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12

Aranjuez
Miloš Karadaglić (guitar); London Philharmonic Orchestra/Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Mercury Classics 4810811
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13

Brahms: Symphonies
Gewandhausorchester/Riccardo Chailly
Decca 4785344
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14

Jenkins: Motets
Polyphony/Stephen Layton
Deutsche Grammophon  4793232
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15

Handel: Jephtha
The Sixteen/Harry Christophers
Coro COR16121
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16

Fauré: Requiem
The Choir of King's College/Stephen Cleobury 
Kings College Cambridge KGS0005
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17

Bax: Four Orchestral Pieces
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Andrew Davis
Chandos CHAN10829
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18

Bach: Partitas
Igor Levit (piano)
Sony Classical 88843036822
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19

Tomkins: When David Heard
Choir of St John's College, Cambridge/Andrew Nethsingha
Chandos CHAN0804
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20

Howells: Stabat Mater
The Bach Choir; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/David Hill
Naxos 8…

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Kings Place Festival: Borodin, Tchaikovsky... and TimberThe Brodsky Quartetphoto credit: Eric Richmond Borodin, Tchaikovsky, Michael Gordon; Brodsky Quartet, percussionists from the Aurora Orchestra and Royal College of Music; Kings Place Festival Reviewed by Hilary Gloveron Sep 14 2014 Contrasting pair of concerts with Russian chamber music and Michael Gordon’s percussion work on woodThe Kings Place Festival – now in its 7th year has been a riot of success, showcasing 77 acts and including more than 200 performers (for other reviews Different Trains, Classical Works, Folk Roots, and THe Night Shift)…

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Opera stagings matched Handel’s witty lightness of touch

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Every Monday morning at 9:15, I visit the Classical MPR studio to talk about some of the stories we’re featuring on our website. Here are the stories Melissa Ousley and I will be discussing today.

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Quiz: How much do you know about Handel's operas?With Xerxes back at English National Opera, find out if you’re up to speed on Handel’s many, many operas Continue reading…

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Sorry, Lucy: Beethoven IS on bubblegum cards

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Cartoonist Charles Schulz’s beloved ‘Peanuts’ characters Lucy and Schroeder have a famous exchange in which Lucy dismisses Beethoven’s greatness given his absence from bubblegum cards. Turns out Lucy had it wrong.

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In Bruges

– parterre.com

In BrugesThey say that Boston, despite many cultural distinctions, ain’t no opera town, and for some decades—generations?—this has been true. But tides of change will break, even on the shores of the Hub. There is a baroque opera revival, spawned by the Boston Early Music Festival (a Monteverdi trilogy arriving next spring) and leading to hi-jinks at the region’s many schools, and to Boston Baroque, which gives Handel’s Agrippina in April…

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Dominique-René de Lerma: Dallas Opera Vocal Competition will be held 18-19 April 2015.  Application deadline is 15 November 2014.Dominique-René de Lerma writes:The Dallas Opera Vocal Competition will be held 18-19 April 2015.  Application deadline is 15 November 2014.  The judges will be Brain Zeger, Keith Cerny, Emmanuel Villaume, and Ian Derrer.  For information: dallas.opera.org/vocal.——————————–Dominique-René de Lermahttp://www…

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