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Watch Now: Alex Ross And The Wagner Legacy + MORE

Recently, looking for a video of the great Donald Lambert's Pilgrims Chorus (See the video at the bottom of the page) Alex Ross' 2012 New Yorker Festival presentation on The Wagner Legacy came up in our search results - surely one of only  a few other people that have discussed Wagner and Lambe.... More »

Young Handel + MORE

Handel was just 23 when La resurrezione was first performed in Rome on Easter Sunday 1708.  It was then described as an oratorio though it was evidently first performed in some form of staging, notwithstanding the prohibition of opera by the censors in Rome - and this is the way we did it in Ch.... More »

The Abominable Showman + MORE

Born on this day in 1903 Broadway impresario David Merrick.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2c74ReNfPck Happy 80th birthday mezzo-soprano Alexandrina Milcheva http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yh4HTVmqRC4 Happy 68th birthday tenor Neil Rosenshein http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZP1rt9D7SY .... More »

Minnesota Opera's 'La Boheme' + MORE

On Thursday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m., join host Melissa Ousley for the live broadcast of the Minnesota Opera's production of Puccini's 'La Boheme.' View a synopsis, slideshow and a video preview..... More »

Avanti! Chamber Orchestra gets carte blanche at Chelsea Music Festival + MORE

Sounds that gallivanted, catapulted, zigzagged, and, eventually, tangoed: granted “free license” to program a concert of Finnish music, the Chelsea.. Visit I CARE IF YOU LISTEN's Blog to read more!.... More »

Ensemble. Smiles All Round

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Fawzi Haimor conducts Sinfonia Viva and impresses Mike Wheeler

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Composer gives 120,000 Euros to Latvian opera house

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Composer gives 120,000 Euros to Latvian opera houseIgor Krutoy, a Russian-Ukrainian composer, has leaped to the aid of a hard-pressed Baltic house. Rejected as a student by the Kirov conservatoire, Krutoy made his living as a songwriter in Moscow, did a course of studies in Saratov and wound up as head of a music conglomerate, Music1.ru.
In 2011, he was reported to have broken the sales record for a New York condominium, paying $48 million for a 12th floor unit at the former Plaza Hotel…

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       Prom 14: Ravel, Simon Holt, Duruflé, Emmanuel Pahud (flute), Ruby Hughes (soprano), Gerald Finley (baritone), Thierry Escaich (organ), BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC National Chorus of Wales, National Youth Choir of Wales, Thierry Fischer (conductor), Royal Albert Hall, London, 27…

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Leon Fleisher turned 86 last week. He's a pianist, a conductor, a chamber player, and to his many students at the Peabody Conservatory, he's Obi-Wan Kenobi, a master teacher. Now Fleisher is out with his first album in nearly a decade. Plus, you can enter for a chance to win a copy of this CD.

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‘Carmen’ at Wolf Trap

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Wolf Trap Opera’s important work is in the intimate indoor venue of the Barns, like Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto last month. The company, a training ground for young singers, also usually gives at least one performance in the Filene Center, a cavernous outdoor venue that appeals for some reasons — the feel of summer, lawn seating, a large audience — but is annoying for others, including the

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31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR.

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Vanessa Isiguen and Christian Bowers in the Glimmerglass Festival’s new production of Tobias Picker’s opera.

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Grimeborn 2014

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Grimeborn 2014The Grimeborn Festival returns on 4 August 2014 with the eighth festival at Arcola Theatre in Dalston celebrating small scale opera with large ambitions. Running until 7 September, this year’s festival includes 10 productions varying from Massenet, Handel and Monteverdi to new opera, plus 20th century classics from Menotti and Maxwell Davies…

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Italian tenor, 64, is felled by aneurism

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Italian tenor, 64, is felled by aneurismWe have received belated news of the death of Maurizio Graziani, a tenor who sang on most of the great Italian stages and abroad in Austria, the US, Australia and Japan. He died on July 5 in his home town, Macerata.

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Excerpt: ‘Madame Butterfly’

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Yunah Lee and members of the company in the Glimmerglass Festival’s 2014 production of the Puccini opera.

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The problem is obvious -  there is too much classical musicIn a glowing review in the Guardian Andrew Clements describes the Freiburg Opera’s Parsifal at the Norwich Theatre Royal – see production shot above – as “a show that almost any British company would be happy to have in its repertory”. Yet despite the production’s obvious quality, the four performances by the Freiburg company of Parsifal and Tannhäuser attracted lamentably small audiences…

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On the Air This Week

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Highlights from July 29 to August 5 Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: writer Charlotte Sullivan. Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: The Miro Quartet plays Mendelssohn, from the 2008 White Pine Festival. Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: A Sonic Blockbuster….

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Tall in the saddle

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Tall in the saddleI put together a video just for a bit of fun today, looking at the standard “warhorse” operas that opera companies tend to throw at us year after year, and offering some alternative works that could be offered in their place.

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