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Concentrated intensity: George Benjamin and Martin Crimp's Written on Skin revived at Covent Garden + MORE

Barbara Hannigan - Written on Skin, The Royal Opera © ROH/Stephen Cummiskey, 2012 George Benjamin Written on Skin; Barbara Hannigan, Iestyn Davies, Christopher Purves, Victoria Simmonds, Mark Padmore, dir: Katie Mitchell, cond: George Benjamin; Royal Opera House Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Ja.... More »

That ’70s show + MORE

Washington National Opera followed up Monday’s lavishly praised Die Walküre with a Siegfried that, if not quite rising to the summit of the previous installment, delivered a musically committed and eminently watchable version of this complicated work.  The environmental themes which have been lu.... More »

A tribute to Irving Guttman, the father of Western Canadian opera + MORE

As director of the Vancouver Opera, and later the Edmonton and Manitoba operas, Guttman had a remarkable ear for vocal talent.... More »

Johnny Mathis flirts with fame -- again + MORE

Johnny Mathis has released nearly 90 albums. His 'Greatest Hits' disc, first released in 1958, ranked in the Billboard Top 200 list for 10 years straight. In February, the veteran crooner wowed an industry crowd at the annual all-star gala hosted by Clive Davis the night before the Grammy Awards. An.... More »

It’s a Mantua’s world + MORE

Verdi’s Rigoletto returned to the Met Friday in the stilted “Las Vegas” production by Michael Mayer, with mostly competent singing from a good-looking cast. However, in the role of Gilda, Olga Peretyatko was the standout performer, with a clean, brilliant soprano and a fresh face. In both “C.... More »

Licia Albanese

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A report on Parterre Box says that the great soprano Licia Albanese has died at 101. Well, no: she was 105, unless you think she lied on her naturalization papers, which state that she was born in 1909.In any event, she lived to a ripe old age, and very likely got to celebrate her 100th birthday twice…

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Alaskan composer John Luther Adams created "Inuksuit" in 2009. Since then, it has become a popular performance piece around the world. New-music ensemble Zeitgeist will premiere this unusual percussion piece, written for between nine and 99 musicians, this weekend at the Caponi Art Park in Eagan, Minn.

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The world’s foremost Chopin authority died today, aged 100Professor Jan Ekier, pianist, composer and Chopin editor of the Polish National edition, died today, a fortnight short of his 101st birthday. His death has just been reported on Polish radio.
Jan, born August 1913, came eighth in the 1937 Chopin competition in Warsaw and made his name more as a scholar than as a performer…

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Sunday Routine: Meredith Monk: Tune Body and Voice. Feed the Tortoise.How Ms. Monk, the composer, singer, director and choreographer, spends her Sundays.

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Disappointing Heider Dufay Recital from Hilliard

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             Edinburgh International Festival 2014 (10) – Heider, Dufay: The Hilliard Ensemble, Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, 14.8.2014 (SRT) Heider:    Sechs Gesänge für den Frieden Dufay:      Missa “L’homme armé”   After 40 years of music making, the Hilliard Ensemble are calling it a day, but I’m sorry that final […]

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 Seattle Chamber Music Society: An Evolving Force in the City After 30 years, the Seattle Chamber Music Society is a fixture in the city’s music scene. The pair of appealing seasons — winter and summer, which just concluded — are usually sold-out, financially well-endowed and highly respected…

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Sibelius Maxwell Davies Bridge Storgårds Prom 38

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Sibelius Maxwell Davies Bridge Storgårds Prom 38Like Prom 36, (more here) Prom 38 demonstrated why some composers are first rank while others aren’t. John Storgårds conducted the BBC Philharmonic in a programme which contrasted  Jean Sibelius and Frank Bridge with Sir Peter Maxwell Davis.Finlandia effectively changed the course of world history…

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Licia Albanese 1913-2014

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Licia Albanese 1913-2014La Cieca has just heard the sad news that the beloved soprano Licia Albanese died earlier this evening. She was 101.

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'Soprano Latonia Moore sang an aria and duet with Bass-Baritone Donnie Ray Albert from AIDA during 150th Anniversary Emancipation Proclamation Concert'Latonia Moore(Dallas Opera/Kilponen)John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:Here is the remarkable performance by Soprano Latonia Moore & Bass-Baritone Donnie Ray Albert 2012 150th Emancipation Proclamation concert – YouTube John Malveaux _____________________________________________Soprano Latonia Moore sang an aria and duet with Bass-Baritone Donnie Ray Albert from AIDA during 150th Anniversary Emancipation Proclamation Concert, September 22, 2012 in Los Angeles co-presented by MusicUNTOLD and KUSC Classical Radio 91…

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Dutch coloratura soprano Cristina Deutekom died in August 2014, aged eighty-two

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Ballo Cast Change, San Francisco Opera

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Just arrived, the first cast change of the season: Krassimira Stoyanova, who was to sing the first six of the seven performances, has withdrawn for health reasons. Julianna Di Giacomo, who was going to sing the last performance, will instead sing all seven. The production opens on October 4, 2014.Ms…

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Celebrity look-alike photographer Alison Jackson speaks to BBC Breakfast about her latest project.

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Menotti's The Medium

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Menotti's The MediumJulia Stikovetsky and Grainne Gillis photo Yannis Katsaris Gian Carlo Menotti The Medium; Operaview, director Natalie Katsou, Musical Director Maite Aguirre; Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Aug 14 2014 Star rating: 3.5Rare outing for Menotti’s opera in a small scale productionThe Grimeborn Festival is now underway at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston, showcasing a wide variety of smaller scale operatic productions…

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