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Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Paris Opéra, 13 March 2016 + MORE

© Christian Leiber / OnPOpéra Bastille, ParisHans Sachs – Gerald FinleyVeit Pogner – Günther GroissböckKunz Vogelgsang – Dietmar KerschbaumKonrad Nachtigall – Ralf LukasSixtus Beckmesser – Bo SkovhusFritz Kothner – Michael KrausBalthasar Zorn – Martin HomrichUlrich Eißlinger – S.... More »
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Books of The Times: Review: Philip Glass’s ‘Words Without Music’ Tells of a Life Full of Changes in Rhythm + MORE

The influential and prolific composer has written a warm, low-key and often delightful new memoir..... More »
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Met Contract Talk Links + MORE

I'll put links worth reading here on a rolling basis:Mezzo-soprano Suzanne Mentzer tells you what the stage crew, dressers, hairdressers, and makeup artists do, and why they are so important and well-paid.Michael Cooper (Times) writes about some of the issuesMezzo-soprano Jennifer Rivera tells you a.... More »
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September song + MORE

“Paul Appleby will sing the role of Don Ottavio in this season’s September and October performances of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, replacing Rolando Villazón, who has withdrawn due to illness,” the Met’s press department tells us..... More »
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BSO Plays More World Premieres + MORE

A. Clyne, Night Ferry / M. Bates, Alternative Energy, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, R. Muti (CSO-Resound, 2014)Charles T. Downey, World Premieres Spice Centennial Of Baltimore SO Classical Voice North America, May 11 NORTH BETHESDA, Md. – One hundred years ago, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra playe.... More »

Quiet Authority Instead of Histrionic Swoon

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Dvořák, Tchaikovsky: Mark Kosower (cello), Cleveland Orchestra, Herbert Blomstedt (conductor), Severance Hall, Cleveland, 17.4.2014 (MSJ) Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, “Pathetique” Two masterpieces inspired by love were intriguingly paired on this Cleveland Orchestra concert…

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Codebreaker – evoking Turing in music

– www.planethugill.com

Codebreaker - evoking Turing in musicOn Saturday 26 April the Hertfordshire Chorus is celebrating the life of Alan Turing, the mathematical genius. At the Barbican Centre, the chorus with their conductor David Temple and the London Orchestra da Camera will be giving the world premiere of James McCarthy’s Codebreaker. McCarthy’s work uses Turing’s own words alongside those of well known poets such as Wilfred Owen, Sara Teasdale, Walt Whitman, Oscar Wilde and Robert Burns to create a picture of the brilliant mathematician who not only worked on breaking the Enigma codes during the Second World War, but laid the foundations of computer science and committed suicide in 1954 after being prosecuted for homosexual acts…

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German soprano Diana Damrau delivered haunting soft singing and moments of drama of truly unbuttoned force

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Leipzig Parsifal Offers Space for Reflection

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Wagner, Parsifal: Soloists, Children’s Choir, Women of the Youth Choir, Chorus, and Additional Chorus of the Leipzig Opera, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Ulf Schirmer (conductor). Leipzig Opera House, 18.4.2014 (MB) Cast: Parsifal – Daniel Kirch Gurnemanz – Jan Hendrik Rootering Klingsor – Jürgen Kurth Kundry – Kathrin Göring Amfortas – Mathias Hausmann Titurel – Mitcho Borovinov […]

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End the Missionary Position in Classical Music

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

End the Missionary Position in Classical MusicTime to end the Missionary position in classical music, where middle class western pundits pontificate on what’s best for lesser beings, “those in darkness who have not seen the light”  When “civilised” folk bemoan the fact that non-white, non middle-class audiences don’t flock to concerts and opera, they’re implicitly replicating the values of imperial aggression…

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With five recordings under his belt and a 2005 victory at the noted International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Rafal Blechacz was hardly an unknown when he was named in January as the recipient of the 2014 Gilmore Artist Award.

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Bechstein bunnies, dressing for Easterjet and a recipe for Scriabanoffiev PieIn an increasingly off-the-wall Easter, we have here a fantastic greeting from Bechstein Pianos:Meanwhile stunning soprano Sarah Gabriel – who was our premiere production Vicky in my Wagner play Sins of the Fathers – found her concert dress falling foul of Easyjet’s carry-on baggage regulations the other day and in the resulting carry on, worthy of the eponymous films, she came up with a fine sartorial solution, which made it into the national papers…

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A concert ‘to provide hospital beds for musicians’

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

From the Pathé archives, with super-rare footage of Ralph Vaughan Williams:

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Kaufmann Takes Winter Walk

– ionarts.blogspot.com

Schubert, Winterreise, J. Kaufmann, H. Deutsch
(released on April 1, 2014)
Sony 8883795652 | 70’01"Schubert’s Winterreise is a baritone’s song cycle, at least to my ears, just as Die schöne Müllerin will always be tenor territory. Schubert actually conceived both of these masterpieces in higher keys suited to a treble voice, but while a tenor’s ethereal high range is perfectly suited to the

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Zurich Opera: mixed hand

– davidnice.blogspot.com

Zurich Opera: mixed handIt was a happy coincidence that ever-stylish director/designer Robert Carsen’s new production of Tchaikovsky’s Pikovaya Dama happened to be running at our old haunt the Zurich Opera following on from the not-too-hard-work Basel stint of my latest Swiss trip (which you can read all about over on The Arts Desk – though I have more to add on the city and the dreamlike Fondation Beyeler)…

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Opera Review: DiDonato and Camarena Shine in ‘La Cenerentola’ at the MetThe Metropolitan Opera has a dazzling Cinderella in Joyce DiDonato, but the ovations were just as lusty for the Mexican tenor Javier Camarena in Rossini’s version.

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The Juilliard School’s contemporary-music ensemble Axiom performed works by Pierre Boulez and Stockhausen on Thursday at Alice Tully Hall.

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Mariss Jansons announces Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra departureThe conductor’s 10-year reign as chief of the world-renowned Amsterdam orchestra will end after 2014-15 season Mariss Jansons announced today that he will resign his position as chief conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra after the 2014/15 season. The Latvian-born conductor, 71, has held the position since September 2004, succeeding Riccardo Chailly…

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