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Steel-Pan Bands in Brooklyn Struggle to Find Rehearsal Space + MORE

Groups like the Pantonic Steel Orchestra are having a difficult time finding so-called pan yards because of rising costs and noise complaints..... More »
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Ain Anger Sings Mussorgsky with Cavernous Authority + MORE

Dean, Mussorgsky, Beethoven: Ain Anger (bass), Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Olari Elts (conductor), Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, 7.4.2016. (SRT) Dean: Testament Mussorgsky: Songs and Dances of Death (arr. James Ledger) Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 Olari Elts is a regular collaborator with the Scottish Cha.... More »
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A Gig Of Last Resort? Part 1 + MORE

There’s an interesting article by Tim Smith in the 3/8/2015 edition of the Baltimore Sun that examines the unusual decision by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) musicians to engage the services of a public relations firm. Although hiring a PR firm isn’t unusual in and of itsel.... More »
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Young American pianist in UK debut with David Matthew's Piano Concerto + MORE

Thomas Nickell - photo Stephen SullivanDavid Matthews' Piano Concerto receives its first London performance on 16 July 2016 when the 17-year-old American pianist Thomas Nickell (read my interview with Thomas) makes his UK debut performing the concerto with the Orchestra of the Swan, conductor David .... More »
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Davis to face music until 2019 + MORE

British conductor Sir Andrew Davis will remain at the helm of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra until 2019..... More »
As Classical MPR marks back-to-school month and as the Minnesota Orchestra kicks off its season with special guest, soprano Renee Fleming, we’ve located this archival interview clip in which Fleming highlights the role of education in any singer’s career.

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Which opera is this?

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Which opera is this?
Meistersinger? No.
Peter Grumps? Also not.
I give in.
It’s Norwegian Opera’s new production of Shostakovich Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, which opened last night in Oslo.
Critic Erling E Gulbrandsen calls it: ‘An An extreme scene of devastating sex on top of a huge heap of slimy cod.’

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Poor Yorick and the Viola: Melissa Dunphy’s iHamlet opens at the Philly FringeBy Karen Rile:
Actor/composer/violist Melissa Dunphy stars in iHamlet, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre
Every September my city, Philadelphia, belies a stodgy reputation and throws its heart and soul into an edgy two-week all-arts (dance, theater, visual arts, music and spoken-word) festival we call Philly Fringe…

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OutskirtsHas anyone made Balzac’s “Sarrasine” into an opera? That’s the tale of a French artist in Rome falling in love with an opera diva—who turns out to be a castrato en travestie. (Women were forbidden the stage in Pope-land.) The story is simple, an anecdote, but the MacGuffin of gender is kept writhing in the air by the diva’s fear of her lover’s fury should he learn that the appealingly feminine creature he loves is, in fact, a man…

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The Minnesota Orchestra will open its new season on Friday with an operatic superstar who aims to redefine what it means to be an American singer. MPR News Arts Reporter Euan Kerr has more.

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Salzburg Schubert Fierrabras Knights in white satin

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Salzburg Schubert Fierrabras Knights in white satinKnights in white sarin – Schubert’s opera Fierrabras at the Salzburg Festival, conducted by Ingo Metzmacher. Fierrabras is an opera with no performance tradition, whatsoever. The only performances between 1835 and the 1980’s were concert performances, some in greatly shortened versions. Arguably, there’s little Beidermeier about Fierrabras…

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(This essay was published in the 2014 Salzburg Festival programme for a concert in which Bernard Haitink conducted the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. I reviewed the concert here.)Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)Die Schöpfung Hob XXI:2 The seeds of Die Schöpfung were sown during Haydn’s visits to England in the early 1790s…

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  English Touring Opera Take Haydn, Handel and Bach on Tour this Autumn   Fresh from winning the 2014 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, English Touring Opera is busy preparing for its autumn/fall tour. Working once again with period instrument orchestra The Old Street Band it will present a season ranging between the baroque […]

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Final chapter

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Final chapterRichard Strauss’ Elektra has always been something of a touchstone opera for this reviewer.  It was one of the first operas I attended at the Met (Birgit Nilsson’s return in 1980—I still have her “Orest!” ringing somewhere in my brain).  It was the first full opera recording I ever bought (Nilsson, Solti) on cassettes that I still have in my collection…

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New on the SFO Web Site

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San Francisco Opera has posted videos for the first couple of this season’s productions, Norma and Susannah. I note the following:Barton and Radvanovsky sound pretty damn great together.Luisotti will probably manage to stay with the singers in the actual performances.Berti sounds like Richard Margison, hooking into every even moderately high note…

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In his second program with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl this week,  enterprising maestro Ludovic Morlot zeroed in on two areas in which he is making his mark with the Seattle Symphony: American and French music of the 20th century.

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Opera Review: ‘As One’ Has Its Premiere in Brooklyn“As One,” Laura Kaminsky’s chamber opera about a transgender protagonist, has debuted at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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