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First: live backstage stream of La Scala’s season opener, Fidelio + MORE

The most important season opening in the opera calendar will be streamed live from the wings.La Scala's Fidelio, with Daniel Barenboim on the podium for the last time as the theatre's music director, will be accompanied by a live stream showing what happens backstage at the world's most famous theat.... More »
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Ensemble. Eros and Philosophy + MORE

Giuseppe Pennisi's last report from this year's Salzburg Festival features a new production of Mozart's 'Così fan tutte'.... More »
virtuosos

Resurrecting a Caldara rarity + MORE

Antonio Caldara La concordia de'pianeti; La Cetra; Andrea Marcon; Archiv Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Sep 23 2014 Star rating: 4.5Engaging performance of Caldara's rediscovered, grand out-door serenataAntonio Caldara (1670 - 1736) isn't a familiar name. Born 14 years before Handel and Bach, he.... More »
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Two hours with Snegurochka + MORE

It wasn't long enough. In the end the Opera in Depth term just concluded was eaten up, by general consent, with Der Rosenkavalier, including visits by Richard Jones and Felicity Lott (Robert Carsen would have come along, too, if he hadn't had to leave for America prematurely). I would have loved to .... More »
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Probing the Complexity of Missa Solemnis + MORE

Beethoven, Missa Solemnis: Joélle Harvey (soprano), Sasha Cooke (mezzo-soprano), Brandon Jovanovich (tenor), Shenyang (bass-baritone), Pacific Boychoir (Kevin Fox, director), San Francisco Symphony Chorus (Ragnar Bohlin, director), San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor). 10.6.201.... More »

When owls attack

– parterre.com

When owls attackPhilip Glass’s 25th opera The Perfect American was originally commissioned for New York City Opera during the aborted regime of Gerard Mortier.  When his hiring fell through in 2008, Mortier and his planned City Opera projects headed for Teatro Real Madrid, where the piece opened in January 2013.  The story tells of the final days of Walt Disney as he was dying of cancer in 1966, based on the novel Der Konig von Amerika by Peter Stephan Jungk, a fictionalized account of Disney being stalked by a fired employee who sought to unionize Disney’s employees and get them the credit they deserved for much of the actual drawing of the Disney characters…

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Strauss Elektra Goerke Broadcast Royal Opera House

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Strauss Elektra Goerke Broadcast Royal Opera HouseAnother chance to hear Richard Strauss Elektra from the Royal Opera House : listen here on BBC Radio 3. Christine Goerke, Adrianne Pieczonka, Michaela Schuster and Iain Paterson sing, Andris Nelsons conducts. When this production premiered it was savagely attacked, much in the same way other good productions – and operas –  are met with hostility…

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Best Recordings of 2013 (#6)

– ionarts.blogspot.com

High time for a review of classical CDs that were outstanding in 2013. My lists for the previous years: 2012, 2011, (2011 – “Almost”), 2010, (2010 – “Almost”), 2009, (2009 – “Almost”), 2008, (2008 – "Almost") 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004.
# 6 – New Release
Ivan Karabits, Concertos for Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Karabits (conductor), Naxos 8…

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Ah, youth!

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Ah, youth!For this week’s blast from the past, Jungfer Marianne Leizmetzerin has unearthed an in-house tape featuring Met newbies Plácido Domingo and Montserrat Caballé singing Un ballo in maschera in 1970!
Giuseppe Verdi: UN BALLO IN MASCHERA
Metropolitan Opera
Francesco Molinari-Pradelli, conductor
02 October 1970
Riccardo – Plácido Domingo
Amelia – Montserrat Caballé
Renato – Robert Merrill
Ulrica – Ruza Baldani
Oscar – Reri Grist
Samuel – Paul Plishka
Tom – Andrij Dobriansky
Silvano – Raymond Gibbs
Judge – Paul Franke
Servant – Gabor Carelli

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Alan Gilbert presided over second performances of two recent works – and a Tchaikovsky’s Fifth that radiated infectious ardour

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A Sad Sight

– irontongue.blogspot.com

A Sad SightOrchestra Hall, Minneapolis, deserted by day………and by night.Thanks to MD and CAG for the photos.

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Brahms's piano concertos: which is first among equals?Performing and recording Brahms’s two piano concertos made Stephen Hough reassess his relationship with these two great and very different worksBrahms’s piano concertos are two of the greatest pillars of the Romantic repertoire. The first, written in 1858 when the composer was still a young man, is like a symphony where piano and orchestra seem involved at times in a titanic struggle, themes are hurled across the stage with dramatic rhetoric; the second, composed two decades later, feels more like a massive chamber work, where the musical ideas are an exchange rather than a confrontation…

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The Elbphilharmonie opens…

– entartetemusik.blogspot.com

The Elbphilharmonie opens...…well, in miniature, at least. A model of the putative concert hall has been unveiled at Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg. Self-deprecatingly (and rather cheekily) the world’s largest model railway announced that ‘after 364 days of construction, and at only 0,05% of the building costs, compared to the neighbouring Elbe Philharmonic Hall, a first-class concert hall has come into being’…

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Happy New Year! Here's this year's list of major classical music anniversaries.

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Gluck: A Musical Dramatist for a Better World

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Gluck: A Musical Dramatist for a Better WorldFor New Year, I posted some Rameau excerpts for the 250th anniversary of his death, commenting that, in general, our opera houses seemed quite indifferent to him and to that anniversary. Now there are good arguments about incessant marking of anniversaries; I have certainly tried to voice a few on occasion…

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A page that Beethoven apparently carried around while composing the “Missa Solemnis” will be auctioned next week.    

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GirardCollege.edu: Philadelphia Orchestra presents its free Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert at the Girard College Chapel, at 1:30 p.m., January 20, 2014Girard CollegeThe Philadelphia Orchestra will present its free annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert at the Girard College Chapel, at 1:30 p.m. The concert, conducted by associate conductor Cristian Măcelaru, is timed to coincide with the conclusion of the Day of Service, so that volunteers may attend…

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‘We were in awe of Eva… her natural beauty, inside and out’As the shock sets in, tributes are starting to flow for Eva Ganizate, the young French soprano who was killed on her bicycle the day after her 28th birthday. Natalya Anna Romaniw, a fellow-student at the Guildhall, offers us these spontaneous, moving impressions of Eva:   Eva would be surprised to find me writing this but […]

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