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Summer at the Handel House Museum

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Summer at the Handel House MuseumGeorge I in his coronation robesThe Handel House Museum’s summer season of events and concerts celebrates this year’s 300th anniversary of the Hanoverian Succession, the coming to the English throne of the ruling dynasty from Hanover which had close links with composer George Frideric Handel. There is also and exhibition looking at the eventful life of the actress and singer Susannah Cibber…

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Turmoil among Sibelius fans

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Turmoil among Sibelius fansWe hear murmurs of a split in the UK Sibelius Society, with the resignation of its founder Andrew Barnett and talk of a breakaway group in the making. All very timely with the composer’s 150th anniversary coming up next year. Never knew old Sibelius could generate that much heat.    

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A double dose of Wagner in Birmingham

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Andris Nelsons must really, really like Parsifal. For the CBSO's just-announced 2014-15 season – Andris's last at the helm – he's programmed it twice.
The first outing is on 25 August 2014 (Bank Holiday Monday). Klaus Florian Vogt makes a rare UK appearance to sing extracts from Parsifal and Lohengrin, and there's Elgar's Second Symphony to follow…

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Saying he is "maybe a little bit smarter than [he] was 10 years ago," Osmo Vanska said Tuesday he is optimistic that the Minnesota Orchestra can return to the level of artistry it had reached before a crippling 16-month lockout.

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English National Opera (ENO) has announced it will be opening its doors to the world of musical theatre.
In a bid to attract new audiences and shore up its financial future, the British company is joining forces with theatrical impresarios Michael Grade and Michael Linnit…

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Frank McGuinness: how I turned Oedipus into an operaFor his first opera, Frank McGuinness has turned Sophocles’s Oedipus trilogy into a single piece. He explains how his own family and politics helped him tap into Thebans’ themes of vengeance and murderI’m a relative newcomer to opera.Seeing films some years ago of Carmen and Don Giovanni whetted my appetite for this music because I could read its meaning on the screen, and since then I have developed a passionate interest…

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Joseph Calleja review  peerless in this repertoireRoyal Festival Hall, LondonCalleja despatched familiar arias with considerable effect, but it was in the French operatic repertoire that vocal resource and artistic accomplishment came together bestFifteen months ago and, as now, with a new CD to sell, Joseph Calleja gave a similar recital to this in the same hall with the same orchestra and the same conductor…

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DVD Spotlight. Innocence Abused

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Britten’s ‘Death in Venice’, reviewed by Robert Anderson. ‘… Britten conjures weird and wonderful sounds from his orchestra …’

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ArtsBeat: Classical Playlist: Stravinsky, Mendelssohn, Harrison Birtwistle and MoreTimes critics share what they’ve been listening to lately.

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The opera house that sells *all* of its seats

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The opera house that sells *all* of its seatsI was taking coffee today with the director of the Vienna State Opera, Dominique Meyer, when a number flashed up on his phone.   It was the percentage of seats sold by the opera between the day the season opened, September 3, and yesterday. Take a valium before you read the number (especially if you’re […]

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ENO 2014/15 – sound heads, good sounds

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ENO 2014/15 - sound heads, good sounds“From terrorism, invasion and despair through to miracles, enlightenment and joy, two millennia of history, four centuries. of (opera)……. reveal the unique ability of opera to convey what it is to be human”  …. a good summary of the English National Opera’s 2014 2015 season. Sixteen productions, eleven of them new, from Monteverdi Orfeo to another world premiere by a British composer…

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Miscellany for the end of April

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The Munich Biennale for new music theater opens next week with Marko Nikodijević's Vivier, an opera based on the vibrant life and violent death of the French-Canadian composer Claude Vivier. Bob Gilmore's biography of Vivier arrives in June…. IRCAM's ManiFeste festival runs in June and July; Georges Aperghis's Luna Park is among the offerings…

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Vienna State Opera season 2014-15

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Vienna State Opera season 2014-15From the Albertina Roof, December 2012, when I was working at the Arnold Schoenberg CenterBesides the large number of repertoire performances, six opera premières, including an Austrian première (The Tempest), are scheduled for the 2014/2015 season:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Idomeneo (5 October 2014 – C: Christoph Eschenbach;D: Kasper Holten; with: Michael Schade, Margarita Gritskova, Maria Bengtsson, Chen Reiss); Modest Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina (15 November 2014 – C: Semyon Bychkov; D: LevDodin; with: Ferruccio Furlanetto, Christopher Ventris, Herbert Lippert, Andrzej Dobber; Ain Anger, Elisabeth Kulman, Norbert Ernst); Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto (20 December 2014 – C: General Music DirectorFranz Welser-Möst; D: Pierre Audi; with: Piotr Beczala, Simon Keenlyside, Valentina Naforniţă, Elena Maximova); Richard Strauss: Elektra (29 March 2015; C: General Music Director Franz Welser-Möst;D: Uwe Eric Laufenberg; with: Anna Larsson, Nina Stemme, Anne Schwanewilms, Falk Struckmann); Gaetano Donizetti: Don Pasquale (26 April 2015 – D: Jesús López-Cobos; R: Irina Brook; with: Michele Pertusi, Juan Diego Flórez, Alessio Arduini, Valentina Naforniţă);Thomas Adès: The Tempest (Austrian première on 14 June 2015 – C: Thomas Adès;D: Robert Lepage; with: Adrian Eröd, Audrey Luna, Stephanie Houtzeel, David Daniels)…

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